Robert Alfred Pierce

Contributed by Kim Van Vorst.  Thanks, Kim!

From the McLeansboro, Hamilton Co, Illinois Newspaper

Robert Alfred Pierce:

          Robert Alfred Pierce, son of James and Martha Holmes Pierce, was born March 21, 1866 and departed this life at his home in McLeansboro, May 22, 1959 at the age of 93 years, 2 months and one day.

          He was united in marriage to Nancy Ann Cox in 1887.  To this union was born seven children: namely, Jasper of McLeansboro; Joe of Enfield and Verna Prince, McLeansboro; Iva, Lola, Marshall and Robbie have preceded him in death.

          He was again united in marriage, in 1908 to Rachel Gholson Counsil.  To this union two children were born.  Homer of McLeansboro and Nola, preceding in death.

          Robert was one of thirteen children, all who have preceded him in death, except, Roe of San Bernadino, Calif; Ella Jacobs of McLeansboro, Mrs. Dixon of St. Louis and Martha Wheeler of Enfield.

          He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 20 step grand children, 47 great grand children, one great great grandchild, and the following step-children, Ethel Heimer, McLeansboro, Ellis Counsil, Woodriver, James Counsil, McLeansboro; Ernest Counsil of Enfield and Earl Counsil, who preceded him in death.  He was united with Brush Harbor church Jan 6, 1918, where he remained a member, attending as long as health permitted. 

          "Uncle Bob" as he was commonly known was born and reared in Crook township, where he spent most of his life as a farmer, mail carrier and local veterinarian.  Everybody in the community with sick stock, called on "Uncle Bob".

          A great part of his life was dedicated to the need of this community.

          He has been in ailing health the past three years, but bore his affliction bravely with the help of his aged and loyal companion, who faithfully cared for and shared his illness to the end.

My last day on earth has passed
The race completely run.
My trials are now, all in the past
And triumph has begun.
I, now am in the Holy Ranks
Of friends and Kindred, dear.
I've brushed the dews of "Jordans Banks"
And made the crossing clear.
I now have gained my Heavenly Home.
My spirit, loudly sings.
Come! Loved ones, join me here
Receive your "Heavenly Wings."
Please; bear our "Longing Heart", to Him
Who bled and died for me,
The blood of Jesus, cleanses sin
And gives us victory.

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