Christine Mercer Pierce, 86, a resident of Spring Arbor of Wilson, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2022, with her family by her side. A Celebration of Life will be held in the chapel of Joyner’s Funeral Home on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 11:00. The Reverend Heather Wong of West Nash UMC will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Interment will follow the visitation in Maplewood Cemetery.
Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Rowland Pierce, and parents Chalmers and Mildred Mercer.
She is survived by a daughter, Christy Tucker, and sons, Barry Turnage and wife Denise, and Will Pierce and spouse Ron Suhling; grandchildren Joey Turnage, Rebekah Pierce, Taylor Lynn Lugo, Michael Porcaro, Jennifer Porcaro, and Tyler Suhling; great grandchildren Hope Lynn Lugo, Saylor Barnes, Brooklyn Porcaro, and Charlotte Suhling; sister, Betty Jean Davis; and lifelong friend Ida Gray Mercer.
Christine is also survived by her extended family at Spring Arbor. The family is forever grateful to the staff for giving Christine additional years of life by providing exceptional care and compassionate service for seven years. Christine loved her Spring Arbor family as her own, and they loved her equally in return.
A special thanks is extended to Monica Massey for providing health care to Christine. The family would also like to thank Community Health Care and Hospice for their support during the past month. The family is also grateful for Anna Knight as she always brought out the best in “Tina”. Finally, the family will always remember Christine’s stuffed bear, “Blueberry”, who provided comfort and stayed by Christine’s side for the last months of her life.
Born in Wilson and raised on the family farm in Black Creek, Christine attended Lee Woodard School and was an All-Conference member of the high school basketball team. Christine was an avid sports fan, spending many hours watching college basketball games. Christine also enjoyed playing cards with friends and family.
Known for her quick wit and sense of humor, Christine brought smiles and laughter to those around her. As the old saying goes, you knew Christine loved you if she was able to joke with you. Christine was fulfilled most when she was able to help others, serving selflessly as a caregiver to friends and family at a time when they needed her most.
Christine owned and operated Uniforms Ltd. In Wilson for over twenty years. She enjoyed helping healthcare professionals and church ushers find the right uniform, giving them a sense of pride as they carried out their duties.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.