Jimmy W. Pierce, 86, succumbed to coronavirus on Sunday, 20 December 2020 in Fort Worth. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years Betty Ruth Pierce and his second spouse Dyane Atwood Pierce.
The son of David L. and Lela M. Pierce, Jim was born on 6 August 1934 in Navarro County, Texas in a family of nine siblings. He is survived by his three sons, Tim (Debbie) of Jacksonville; Steve (Gaynell) of Aledo; Dale (Julie) of Rhome and brother, Joe (Carolyn) Pierce of San Antonio. Grandchildren: Leslie LaChance (Jody) of Marietta, Georgia; Roger Gittings of Jacksonville; Audra Villarreal of North Richland Hills; Erik Pierce (Cynthia) of Springtown; Ty Pierce of McKinney; Billy Gittings of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Penny Taylor (Josh) of Decatur; Haleigh (Patrick) Gray of Fort Worth; James Pierce of Fort Worth; Tiffany Scuderi of Aledo; Brandon Scuderi (Amber) of Hudson Oaks and 13 great-grand-children. Also survived by Dyane’s children Kirk Clement (Donna) of Gainesville; Brian (Lori) Atwood of Mansfield; Keith Atwood (Kristy) of North Richland Hills and a blended host of grand children and great grand children.
Jim was the founder of Pierce Riverside Glass Co. of Fort Worth which he established in 1984. He was well known in the North Texas building and construction business for the outstanding quality of glass work completed on many high rise commercial buildings, in downtown Fort Worth as well as other commercial, religious, institutional and educational facilities in the metroplex. He was most humbled by God’s blessings upon his business, and the fact that God used that to provide so many employees and their families with a livelihood. He cared for each one deeply and felt a sense of responsibility to leave that legacy to his own sons, to carry on what God had so graciously allowed him to be a part of.
Jim’s passion for antique John Deere Tractors led him to complete restorations of several tractors including models A, B, and G. After restoration of these tractors, he was asked to drive in parades in the North Texas area. He loved his farming roots and was ploughing cotton fields on one such tractor by the age of 8 because his father was afraid of the thing. He loved to reminisce about the hard life of farming, but if you knew him at all you knew he was also proud of his upbringing. He instilled that work ethic in his sons, and he was very proud of them. He spent his retirement years back on a farm in Springtown where he enjoyed his goats, his favorite dog Jake, and all of the wildlife he enjoyed watching from his glass enclosed porch sitting in his favorite porch swing. He was a member of St. Patrick Cathedral.