James Donald Pierce, Sr.
James Donald (Don) Pierce, Sr. passed away at Blount Memorial Hospital on July 5. He was born to Arthur and Dolly Jones Pierce on March 7, 1933. He graduated from Friendsville High School and the University of Tennessee, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Don was a Navy veteran. He worked for Defense Contract Audit Agency from its inception in 1965. He was proud of the many audits he was responsible for and the money that was saved for the taxpayers from these audits. He was stationed at Charlottesville, VA as an auditor for 3 years. He was then assigned to Alexandria Branch Office as Assistant Manager for 3 years. He was then assigned to Honolulu Branch Office as Branch Manager for 3 years. A 5-year assignment followed in West Palm Beach at the Pratt and Whitney facility as Manager of that DCAA office. He then was sent to Defense Contract Audit Headquarters in Alexandria, where he traveled all over the United States on problem audit cases. He was Branch Manager at the Fairfax Branch for several years. He established the Nashville Branch Office as Manager in 1984 where he retired in 1990. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles (Buster), and Lynn F. (Driftpin) Pierce; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Lela Stinnett Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Nelson Pierce; his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Karen Pierce, Alexandria, VA; his daughter and son-in-law, Mindy and Mike Barrett of Powell. The loves of his life, his granddaughters, Savannah and Peyton Barrett; special cousins, Jane Carpenter Chadwick (James) and Frank Pierce (Betty June). Also surviving is his sisters-in-law, Juanita Pierce, Betty Jo Pierce, Nancy Luckett (Mike); his nephew, Jim Pierce (Linda) and his nieces, Wanda Pierce Hayes (Jerry) and Beckie Pierce Ellis (Frank) also survive along with several great nephews and nieces and great great nephews and nieces.
Don attended Fairview United Methodist Church and was a member of the Sparkplug Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends from 2-4:00 p.m. Friday at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home with funeral following with the Rev. John Wilson and the Rev. Doug Hayes conducting. Family and friends will meet at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Big Springs Cemetery for the interment service.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Don’s memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P. O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101 or to the Sparkplug Class at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN 37803.
McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville 982-6812