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Woodrow Pierce Jr

November 27, 1943 ~ September 3, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old


Mr. Woodrow Wilson Pierce, Jr., was born on November 27, 1943, in Beaumont, Texas to the late Woodrow Pierce, Sr., and Mozelle Morris Bell. Woodrow, the oldest, and his seven siblings were raised by Mozelle and Alfred Jim Bell, his late father in Longview, Texas. 

Woodrow graduated from Mary C. Womack High School, formerly known as Longview Negro High School, now a historic marker. He graduated college with an associate degree, and later completed training and education in biblical studies.

His early career included hospital drug clerk, concrete laborer, construction worker, mobile home builder, and utility worker.

Woodrow enjoyed fishing, especially at the scenic Toledo Bend. He played football in high school. He was a football and baseball fan. After graduating high school, he worked and saved his earnings for a multi-state trip by bus. Before leaving Texas, on his epic trip, he traveled to Houston to watch a baseball game in the Astrodome. Other hobbies included listening to music, watching and collecting movies, and gardening.

Woodrow married Rachel Ann Christian Pierce-Afonja (deceased) in 1966. Woodrow married Gwen Ware Pierce (former wife) in 1979.

He served in the church as a Bible teacher. He loved teaching children.

Genie Boy, as he was affectionately nicknamed, is known for his storytelling, wit, frugality, and sense of style. He wore the finest hats. 

Woodrow is preceded in death by his children, Sasha Cox, Kenny Ware, and LaQuane Ware; and his siblings, Alfred Belle and Sandra Kay Jordan. 

Woodrow is survived by his daughters, Marsha Tomlin and Nokia Ware; sons, Steven (Tawana) Pierce, Sr., Aldrich (Ta’Mella) Pierce, Patrick (Raquel) Pierce, Christopher Smith, and Derrick Horne; numerous grandchildren and  great grandchildren; his sisters, Linda (Tommie Lee) Austin, Mary Jordan, and Sheila (Lonnell) Hodge, Patricia Spencer; his brothers, Moses Bell and Stelvin Bell; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
September 11, 2023

Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home
401 N. 5th Street
Longview, TX 75601

Funeral Service
September 12, 2023

10:00 AM
New Zion Baptist Church Longview
1105 Foster St
Longview, Texas 75602

September 12, 2023

Friendship Cemetery
968 Timberlake Road
Longview, TX 75604


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