Ivory J. Pierce, 85, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph H. Pierce Sr. and Creola Edith Pierce and was born in Carter County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Vera Wilson, and her husband, Gilbert; six brothers, Earl Pierce and his wife, Bernice, Raymond Pierce, Joe Pierce Jr., Jack Pierce, Lloyd Wayne Pierce, and an infant brother.
Ms. Pierce loved working in flowers and was a member of Hunter First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Cynthia Ensor and her husband, Henry Wayne, Elizabethton, and Gretchen Miller and her husband, Larry, Gray; two brothers, Lawrence Pierce and his wife, Gaye, Elizabethton, and Aaron Pierce and his wife, Lynda, Elizabethton; a sister-in-law, Anna Ruth Pierce, Elizabethton; and special friends, Cleola Taylor, Ernest Lee Wilson, Dorothy Burrow and Herbert and Kathy Street, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Ms. Pierce will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, November 18, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with Rev. Bryan Smith officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sue Bowers, pianist, and Dale Williams, soloist. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, prior to the service, and at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Aaron and Lynda Pierce, 202 Sunrise Drive, at other times. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 19, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Bill Duncan officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Rusty Verran and the other deacons who visited her, the Willing Workers Sunday School Class of Hunter First Baptist Church and the Hunter First Baptist Church Choir. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Hunter First Baptist Church, 693 Highway 19E, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guestbook or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Pierce family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.