Jim Pierce

February 16, 1938 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Jim Pierce Obituary

Jim Pierce, lovingly referred to as “Pops,” had his faith become sight Saturday night, November 4, 2023. 


Born in Bedford, Virginia, Jim moved to Knoxville in 1990. Pops was known as a prayer warrior, an outdoorsman, a salesman, and an avid fan of the University of Virginia. More than anything, he was a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Pops spent most of his days praying for those in need, reading his Bible, and, of course, watching plenty of Maine Cabin Masters. He was a faithful member at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. 


Pops had some of the best stories, many of them including his lifelong hunting and fishing friends. He collected prayer requests from all over the world, lifting them up on a daily basis. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Pierce, and his son, Michael Pierce. He is survived by his daughters, Leisa Donaldson and Jill Pierce, his grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Douglas and Shelby Graves, and his granddaughter, Christy Graves. He is also survived by his favorite buddy, Donald Reel. 


Jim was homesick for a country to which he’d never been before. With family by his side, he went to his eternal home - Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land.


The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 8th from 4:30-7:00. The funeral service will begin at 7:00. Service will be held at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church located at 405 Black Oak Drive Knoxville, TN 37912. 


In lieu of flowers, we are asking donations be made to Redeemer Church in Jim’s honor. Redeemer Church was planted in one of the most unchurched areas of the country by a close friend of the Pierce family (Michael and Kayla Badger). Jim was a supporter of Redeemer Church’s mission in prayer, spirit, and finance from the beginning. To donate go to:


Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Pierce family and invites you to view and sign the online registry. 

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Receiving of Friends
November 8, 2023

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Black Oak Heights Baptist Church (Black Oak Drive Knoxville)

November 8, 2023

7:00 PM
Black Oak Heights Baptist Church (Black Oak Drive Knoxville)


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