Richard A. "Rick" Pierce
Richard A. "Rick" Pierce was called home to be with The Lord on July 4, 2018. He was born on Nov. 13, 1945, in Key West, Fla. to Ruth Amelia Page Pierce and Joseph Austin Pierce, both of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his step-father, George Coburn Farmer, who he thought of as his father. He was a third generation Key West Conch.
Rick was a brilliant man with a larger than life personality and an unsurpassed work ethic that all led to him being incredibly successful. He had multiple careers in his lifetime, including being in the field of banking and finance for more than 20 years. He was the youngest National Bank president in the state of Florida at the age of 32. After his banking career, he and his wife, Jeannie, owned a distributorship in Key West.
When he and his wife sold the distributorship, they moved to North Carolina. Rick and his son, Troy, started Father and Son Carpentry in Hayesville which they operated for more than 10 years. At the same time, Rick also started a business called, "The Oak Man." He created hand crafted lazy Susans from exotic woods that were all originally designed by him. He also was a fantastic oil painter. He sold his paintings in many art shows in North Carolina, Georgia and also the art show in Key West.
Because of his love for the elderly and disabled, Rick then became the manager of a group home. He managed two different group homes in Hayesville and Murphy for five years before his retirement when his health started declining.
Rick had a great love for cooking, which was his favorite hobby. Hundreds of people benefited from his talents as a gourmet chef.
Rick was survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jeannie Marie Alvarez Pierce, of Hayesville. She was his 24/7 caregiver for the last 18 months of his life. He is also survived by his daughter, Terri Pierce Boukater and her husband, George, of Tallahassee, Fla., his son, Troy Pierce, of Hayesville, and his grandchildren, Colby Lee Cherry and Katie Jean Pierce, who were the apples of his eye. He is also survived by his brothers, Barry and Anton Pierce, both of Cape Coral, Fla., his sister, Lori D. Salter and her husband, Lew, of Key West, and his sister-in-law, Charlotte Massingill, of Clermont, Fla. He is also survived by his nieces, Lauren Salter and Sabrina Massingill and a nephew, Gregory Massingill. He also leaves behind countless friends. All will grieve his loss. Our loss is Heaven's gain.
The visitation, funeral and burial for Rick will be held in Key West. There will be a memorial service in Hayesville in the fall.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home: www.townson-rose.com is in charge of all local arrangements.