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Ralph Douglas Pierce (08-12-2009)
Funeral Services for Ralph Douglas Pierce, 78, of Farmerville, were held on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Farmerville with Rev. Kibbie Hatfield and Rev. Johnny Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.
Mr. Pierce was born on Jan. 25, 1931, and passed away on Aug. 10 in Farmerville.
Mr. Pierce was an honorably discharged veteran having served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he was a long time Professor of Geography. He was also a band instructor in Arcadia and Crowville for many years.
Mr. Pierce was the choir director for Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston and was a member of the Debonnaires along with many other local bands which included: Russ Town Band, Twin City Concert Band, Louisiana Big Band, and others. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Farmerville where he was also a member of their choir.
Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years: Nelda Morrison Pierce and his brother: Alonzo Monroe Pierce, Jr.
He is survived by his wife: Elizabeth Pierce of Farmerville; children: Samuel D. Pierce of Ruston; James E. Pierce of Moreno Valley, Calif.; Susan D. Pierce of Ruston; and Ann E. Pipes and husband, Jeff of Dubach; step children: Bill Reppond and wife, Iris of Dubach; Lucy Toler and husband, Richard of Dayton, Texas; Laurie Dugdale and husband, John of Farmerville; sisters: Edna Dowdy of Corpus Christi, Texas; Jessie Elam of Marshall, Ark.; Tess Caskey of Friendswood, Texas; and Barbara Elam of Choudrant; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Aug. 11 from 58 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.
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