William L. "Bill" Pierce, son of the late Roy and Goldie Brunk Pierce, was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Sept. 9, 1930, and died at the St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau on April 20, 2011, at the age of 80.
On Sept. 14, 1951, he was married to Mildred G. Hazel in Panama City, Fla. She preceded him in death on Aug. 10, 2002. His wife of over 50 years and his family were the most important things in his life.
Surviving are one son and spouse, William Mark and Lynette Pierce of Houston, Texas; three daughters and spouses, Valerie and James Whiteman of Warrensburg, Mo., Marsha and William Hussey of St. Louis, Pamela and Russell Brown of Jackson, Mo.; three grandchildren, Paige and Allie Brown and Will Thomas Pierce. Other relatives and many friends also survive.
He was stationed in Panama City, Fla. where he married. After getting out of the Air Force he moved to St. Louis and then moved to Dexter in 1958. In 2005 he moved to Cape Girardeau. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter. He had been a member of the Dexter Lions Club for many years and a member of Keller Public Library Board before moving to Cape Girardeau. He had worked at the Elder Manufacturing in Dexter for over 40 years and had been the plant superintendent. He then owned and operated the Dexter Cleaners in Dexter for several years. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 23, 2011, after 10 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 12 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Steve Moody of Little Rock, Ark. officiating.
Interment will be in the Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.