Albert Franklin Pierce, a World War II veteran, died on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. He was 98.
He was born on Feb. 25, 1921, to the late Lillie May and Ira Pierce in Newport News, Virginia, and was the first of six children.
Pierce attended General Phillip Kearney school, George High School and Central High School, all in the School District of Philadelphia.
He and his family lived with his maternal grandparents. When his mother got sick, he left school and took on the responsibility of the head of the household. It was a commitment that he felt was right at the time.
Pierce held various jobs starting at the age of 16. He spent many nights retreading tires before he retired at the age of 65. His close friends and family considered him to be an extraordinary handy man. There weren’t many things in his home or church that he could not repair. He was often called “Mr. Fix It” by family and friends. His family said he was an unsung hero to many, as he quietly did the tasks he was asked to perform.
At a gathering, a man named Albert Larke introduced him to a woman named Ruth. After a courtship of six months, they were married on Aug. 10, 1942. They were together for 69 years. They were separated only when Pierce served during World War II for four years. After Pierce received his honorable discharge, the couple traveled together all over the U.S.
Pierce joined Wayland Temple Baptist Church and was a faithful member for over 60 years. He served on the board of trustees, spent 50 years as the door keeper, worked with the credit union, taught Bible class, was co-chairman of the Men’s Fellowship, was treasurer of the Board of Christian Education, and sang in the choir. He also contributed time and money to the church’s annual bazaar and assisted the quilters.
Pierce was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, along with his four brothers, William, Clarence, Vernon and Leonard Pierce.
He is survived by: a sister, Bernice Scott; two sisters-in law, Marie and Sadie; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and caregiver Rena Childs.
Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Wayland Temple Baptist Church 2500 Cecil B. Moore Ave. The viewing will begin at 9 a.m. and the funeral will begin at 10 a.m.
Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Feasterville.