The Obit For Carl Pierce

Carl Preston Pierce Jr.

Published in The Daily Reflector on October 29, 2009

Carl Preston Pierce Jr. 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 at Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville. A native of Pitt County, he was the son of the late Carl Preston Pierce Sr. and his wife, Effie Caroline Satterfield Pierce.

A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Brown Chapel at Cypress Glen Retirement Community followed by a reception in the Four Seasons Room. Internment will precede the service in Greenwood Cemetery.

Carl was born Feb. 9, 1918 in Falkland, moving to Greenville when he was nine years old. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1937 and Duke University in 1941 where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity and Tombs, the athletic honorary fraternity for varsity letterman.

He played minor league baseball until joining the Navy in World War II. Carl was a 1st Lieutenant aboard the USS Wayne, fighting in the major battles of the Pacific Theatre. After the war, he returned to Greenville, and married Lucy, with whom he spent the remaining 63 years of his life.

Carl was a farmer by vocation, but sports were his avocation. He hunted and fished in every creek and field in Pitt County. And there were the trips to Hog Island and Ocracoke. He loved baseball best, but could talk about any sport. He fished, hunted, and played golf until his early 80s.

Carl was a storyteller, both of life in Pitt County and of his sporting adventures. His later years have been spent at Cypress Glen. Eating oysters, playing games, and singing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him special joy.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Pierce, and his daughter, Susan Holland; grandchildren, Julie Conoley and husband, John, of Wilson, Anne Wallwork and husband, Justin, of Raleigh, and Jim Holland of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Addison Wallwork, Kate Conoley and John T. Conoley; special nieces, Sara Freeman, Becky Powell and nephew, Tom Basnight.

Of course, you may make a donation to the charity of your choice, but Carl would have preferred that you throw a baseball with a child, hit a golf ball, or catch a fish or hunt a quail in his memory. On-line condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.