Born August 24, 1959, died of natural causes June 30, 2013.  He was currently of Holt, MI. Proud father of Shelby, Kelsey, and Blake.  Beloved son, brother, and uncle.  Jim was preceded in death by his father, John, and his sister, Mary.  Survived by his mom, Jane, and nine siblings; John (Tracey), Mike (Wanda), Sharon, Bob (Lori), Pam Bawcum, Joan Dolby, Shelly (DJ) Hannahs, Rich, and Sue.  He also leaves behind nieces and nephews John, Jeff and Jerry Pierce; Meriah and Kori Johnson, Cassie Bawcum, Chase Hannahs, Sydney Dolby, Allie and Matt Pierce; as well as many great-nieces and nephews.

Jim served in the U.S Army for four years immediately after graduating from Holt High School, and was stationed primarily in South Korea and New Jersey.  Following his service he remained an Army reservist and recruiter, while also obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.  He then earned his master’s degree in special education from Spring Arbor University.  Jim was a teacher and administrator in the Holt Public Schools District, where he enjoyed making a positive impact on the lives of many of his students.  Jim will be greatly missed by his family and friends, who not only loved him, but appreciated his tremendous sense of humor.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013, from 3-6 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Holt. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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17 Messages to “James Erwin “Jim” Pierce”

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    Pete Smith Says:

    Jim was an inspiration to me as I began following my dream of becoming a teacher. I worked with him at the 9th grade campus and he always had the time to talk with me and answer my questions and give me his advice. His positive spirit and deep concern for his students lives on in me! God bless his family and friends who are feeling the pain of his passing much too early.

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    Brian J Bonney Says:

    I am blessed to have known such a wonder person, friend, mentor, and fellow Red Leg in 119th Field Artillery. I joined the unit in 1987. This is when Jim began making an impression on this young man. He touched thousands of lives during his military career and his teaching profession. He helped me during some of the most difficult times in my life. I have never heard an ill word spoken about the man. You can’t find a better example in today’s world of someone to shape your life after. He was key in keeping the 119th Field Artillery Association alive for several years. His mother would provide the meal for the annual meeting. I currently serve on the Board of the 119th Field Artillery Association. I am going to present to the Board some way of memorializing Jim. He deserves the recognition he never sought. He will be part of the organization as long as it exists. Jim continues to live on through all the lives he touched in his short time here on Earth. I can not thank God enough for bringing this man into my life.

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