Anna Lavon Pierce
Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:44pm
Anna Lavon (Hartsell-Eudy) Pierce, of Corning, died November 9, 2016, at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
Born March 27, 1942 in Tuckerman to the late Mr. and Mrs. Virgil and Olene (Harris) Hartsell, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, a nephew, one brother, three sisters, and her daughter, Terry Eudy Rickets.
She is survived by her husband, James Robert “Jim” Pierce of the home. To the end he provided care and comfort from which she drew strength, knowing he was her honest, loyal best friend and handsome, strong, forever husband. They were still in love with each other after happily blending their families into one that met life’s challenges with courage and grace.
She is also survived by her dearest and only aunt, Anga May Henderson of Tuckerman, and her precious sister and husband who was loved as a brother, Loretta and Bobby Hardin of Neelyville, Missouri.
She leaves her children: Robert and wife, Colleen Eudy of Phoenix, Arizona, Christopher “Zack” Eudy of Corning, Craig and wife Mary Pierce of Paragould, Justin Pierce of San Francisco, California, the daughter she cherished, Stephanie (Pierce) Pointer and husband, Monroe Pointer of Jonesboro, Jenny (Pierce) Massey of Strafford, Missouri.
Other survivors are her grandchildren and great grandchildren, those who named her “Mamanana” to her delight: Tasia, Josh, Alyssa, Kobe and Kaleb Eudy of Salem, Oregon; those who spent so much time in her arms and on her lap: Marquise Pointer of Charleston, South Carolina; Kandace Pointer, Keagan Pointer of Jonesboro; Nikki (Pierce) and husband Anthony Hyde of Paragould, Amber (Eudy) Cruz, Mia and Rafael Cruz of Phoenix, Arizona, Caleb McCollum Pierce and Jacob McCollum Pierce of Paragould, Sarah, Amelia and Arya Massey of Strafford, Missouri.
Additionally, she leaves numerous nephews, nieces, extended family, her church family and friends.
Mrs. Pierce was a graduate of Tuckerman High School, where she was a member of the honor society. She attended college at Alabama Northeast and Arkansas State University. She embarked upon her career only after her children were in school, retiring 33 years later from corporate HR. At the height of her career, she was honored to be chosen Professional Woman of the Year and to be a nominee for Arkansas Woman of Distinction.
Lavon accepted Christ as her savior, entering into baptism by Eugene Britnell in 1954 at Tuckerman Church of Christ. When she moved to Corning, she placed membership with First Christian Church. Her activity on behalf of the church she loved so much increased over the years and declined only as dictated by illness. Appointed Secretary/ Treasurer of Corning First Christian Church, she resigned that position on January 1, 2016 having served eight consecutive years. In December, 2015, she was elected President of Christian Women’s Fellowship for the third consecutive year.
She was certified by the American Cancer Society as a general facilitator for their Look Good Feel Better program and appreciated the volunteer time she spent at NEA’s Hope Circle and at St. Bernards Imaging Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016, at the First Christian Church, 4th and Elm, Corning, officiated by Tim Burgess and Monroe Pointer. A family only interment will be at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry the ancestral final resting place of Mrs. Pierce’s forebears.
Memorials may be made to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401. 30t1p