Robert Alfred Pierce
Contributed by Kim Van Vorst. Thanks, Kim!
the McLeansboro, Hamilton Co, Illinois Newspaper
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
"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.
last day on earth has passed
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