Jerry Marshall Pierce
Jerry Marshall Pierce
  • November 6, 1934 - January 3, 2018
  • Edmond, Oklahoma

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Jerry Marshall Pierce, 83, a longtime Edmond resident, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3 into the presence of his Lord and Savior, following a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 6, 1934 in Fresno, California to Mack and Edythe Pierce. The family soon moved back to Red Oak in their native Latimer County, Oklahoma. There, he grew up riding horses, hunting with his grandfather and boyhood friends, watching Saturday afternoon movies, and meeting the love of his life and future wife, June.

After graduating from Red Oak High School in 1953, he attended Oklahoma City University for a year. Jerry and June married in 1954, shortly after he enlisted in the Navy. He served as an aviation boatswain's mate aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La, based in San Diego, and at Naval air stations in Bremerton, Washington and Hutchinson, Kansas.

After the Navy, he and June moved back to Oklahoma so he could finish college. He graduated from Central State University in 1962, embarking on a teaching career for more than two decades, teaching math in Bentley, Kansas and for many years in Wichita, Kansas.

A gifted woodworker and craftsman, he left teaching in 1983, beginning a small business that included hundreds of small construction jobs as well as several new homes. Besides classic cars and tools for every task, he loved watching college football and rooting for his beloved Oklahoma Sooners. He also loved watching old Westerns and listening to a variety of music, especially classic hymns, bluegrass music, jazz, and anything by Ray Price.

As a young boy the seeds of the Gospel message were sown at Cedar Indian Baptist Church, which he attended occasionally with his grandfather, who spoke Choctaw and broken English. But it wasn't until age 38 that Jerry surrendered his heart to Jesus Christ, accepting once and for all the free gift of eternal salvation accomplished at the Cross.

He was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Center, Kansas in 1973 and was later ordained as a deacon there.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Guy Ricky. He is survived by his wife, June, of the home; three daughters: Deborah and husband Kent Clifton of Tampa, Florida; Cynthia and husband Scott Shepard of Edmond; Karen and husband Ken Bowlware of Oklahoma City; one son, Jerry B., and wife, Melissa, of Flower Mound, Texas; eight grandsons, four granddaughters; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 8 at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, with burial following at the Jones IOOF Cemetery in Jones, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Rescue Mission, care of Capital Baptist Association, 2233 W. I-44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 74112.