Larry Eugene Pierce, of Columbus, passed away in Houston May 3 at the age of 70. He was born to Clarence Eugene and Louise Pierce in Galveston Dec. 22, 1950.
Larry graduated from Santa Fe ISD and is remembered for being a good football player and an all-around nice guy. He then attended Alvin Junior College earning an Associates’s degree in Electronic Technology. During this time he married his high school sweetheart Debbie Redmon. He then joined the Army reserves after college. He worked in construction as a member of IBEW No. 527 prior to working as an I&E Journeyman at BP Amoco from which he retired. After retirement, he moved to Columbus and started working for his brother-in-law, Paul Redmon at Redmon Ranch, where he helped with maintenance and raising whitetail deer. He was a happy camper and thoroughly enjoyed going to work every day and being in the outdoors. He enjoyed the experience and was grateful for the opportunity.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus and served on the Helping Hands Committee. In his previous community, he volunteered for lawn maintenance at His Ministries, helped with the construction of Arcadia Christian church, and also helped with many things at Santa Fe Christian Church. He spent his youth attending and was baptized in Algoa Baptist Church at the age of 11 on Aug. 26, 1961. This was two years before his mother died which was very hard on them all. He will be remembered for being such a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and a good friend to many. He loved big, laughed hard, and was always smiling. He had a heart for helping others, especially widows and the elderly or whoever needed him. He always enjoyed teas ing others, especially his wife. A co-worker mentioned that Larry was a mentor to him and others; he was an agitator but in a good way. Larrry was a do-it-yourself person and was not afraid of tackling anything including mechanics, machinery, construction, and pleasing his wife with carpentry or crafts she was able to rope him into doing. He always had projects to do and wasn’t happy if he didn’t have one in the works. His favorite thing in life was becoming a Paw-Paw and was his reason to keep on living because he absolutely loved his three grandchildren. He loved horse playing, teasing them, swinging them, getting the portable pool up for them, taking them frog hunting, fishing and camping, cooking their favorite foods, taking them riding in and teaching Ty to drive the Bad Boy Buggy, sharing his love of classic westerns, taking them to the animal safari’s, and the Jersey Barnyard; watching Ty’s animation while watching Jonah and the Whale, watching Eli dance to Rock Dog and tell stories and enjoying their imaginations; watching Riley tell the boys what to do, eating popsicles, playing with her dolls and being a girly girl.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Dewey Butler, and step-mother Sharon Eberly Pierce.
Larry is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Debbie Pierce of Columbus; sons Gregory Scott Pierce and Marshall Brent Pierce and wife Dara; twin brother Gary Pierce and wife Mary Ann; sister Deloris Butler; grandchildren Ty, Eli and Riley. He also leaves behind many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a greatgreat niece. Also, his two sisters-in-law: Pam Redmon; Wendy Redmon-Stinson and husband Ned; and a brother-in-law Paul Redmon and his wife Kay. He also leaves many great lifelong friends as well as new friends at FBC.
A Celebration of Life was Monday, May 10at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Columbus located at 1700 Milam St. with Pastor Victor Morrison officiating. The family received friends from 1:00 PM until the service began at 2:30 p.m. Burial of ashes will follow at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Percilla.
The family wishes to thank the amazing staff of Houston Methodist Hospital for their help and kindness during Larry’s last weeks. They would also like to thank Dr. Bart Klaus and Marty and Cecilia for their care, concern, patience, understanding, and time they spent in helping Larry hang on till his appointment with the CHF Doctor.
Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 367, Columbus, Texas 78934, or your charity of choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.