Billy Jack Pierce

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Billy Jack Pierce passed away Saturday, January 15, at the age of 94. He was born in Ft. Smith, AR to Myrtle Iva (Beaty) and Edwin Jameson Pierce on October 15, 1927. Bill graduated from Ft Smith High School in 1944. He served in the US Coast Guard. He attended the University of Arkansas where he played Trombone for the Marching Razorbacks. He completed his training at the Spartan School of Aeronautics and was employed by the US Weather Bureau as a meteorologist in Lubbock, TX.

He married Patricia Louise Pettigrew on December 10, 1947. He served as a bookkeeper for Arkansas Freight Lines (now ABF). In 1955 he bought interest in Turman Buick Co. which became Turman- Pierce. His affiliation as a Goodyear dealer, also gave him the opportunity to travel globally. He opened Pierce Tire Center in 1987. Bill was very active in the Poteau Community. He was past president of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Kiwanis Club. He was a Shriner and a member of United Commercial Travelers in Fort Smith. He was an initial Stockholder of Poteau State Bank. Bill was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Poteau. Among his bigger interests were traveling and following the Razorbacks. He and his wife we charter members of the Arkansas Roadhogs. He loved taking his family to Grand Cayman for family retreats and attended Rotary Club when he was there. He considered Grand Cayman as his ‘home away from home’.

Bill leaves three children, Linda Winton (Gary) of Lake Tenkiller, OK, Jean-Anne Shankle, Bill C. Pierce (Brenda) all of Poteau; 3 grandchildren, Lance Owen of Evergreen, CO, Steve Winton (Carrie) of St. Louis, MO and Katie Stubbs (Zach) of McAlester, OK; 3 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; his parents, and a sister, Mae Pierce Sias of DeLand, FL.

Due to Covid risks, there will be a private family service.

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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home – Poteau, OK


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