BRECKENRIDGE — Al Pierce, 91, of Abilene, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 20 at Morehart Mortuary with Pastor Allen Pierce officiating. Interment will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.
Alfred Nash Pierce, Jr. was born Feb. 14, 1928 in Flint, Michigan to Alfred Nash Pierce, Sr. and Beatrice Rodenhauser Pierce. He went to school in Nettleton, Arkansas. When he turned 17, Al joined the United States Navy. On Sept. 12, 1945, he was sent to basic training in San Diego and was then sent to Bremerton, Wash. and Kodiak, Ala., where he worked in the naval hospital for two years until his enlistment was up. Al was discharged on Dec. 24, 1948 and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. During the Korean Conflict, he re-enlisted with the United States Air Force and worked in the dental laboratory from 1951 to 1953. He received his second honorable discharge after the Korean Conflict and went to work for General Dynamic Co., which later became Lockheed-Martin, as a machinist until his retirement in 1996. On July 20, 1988, Al married Joyce Hill in Abilene. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Beatrice Pierce; his first wife, Penny Pierce; three children and three sisters.
Al is survived by his wife Joyce Pierce of Abilene; two children, Allen Pierce and wife Susan of Whiteland, Indiana, Marlina Cowan and husband Ron of Breckenridge; one step-daughter, Allana Gillespie of Abilene; fifteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 7767 or any veteran charity and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at www.morehartmortuary.net.