Thomas Franklin Pierce

Thomas Franklin Pierce, 76 years, passed away from a short illness on April 9, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Tom was born Nov. 8, 1938 in McClurg, Mo., to Frank C. and  Esther Elizabeth (Lyons) Pierce. He graduated from Bradleyville High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Tom was a retired farmer and truck driver.
On Sept. 5, 1956, Tom and JoAnn Ewing were united in marriage in Taney County, Mo., and to this union three children were born.
Tom enjoyed fishing and visiting at the grower’s market on the Ava square.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roy, John and Bill; a daughter, Carol Ann Frye; and grandson, Joseph Langron.
Tom is survived by his wife, JoAnn Pierce, Ava, Mo.; two sons and their spouses, Larry and Kay Pierce, and Kenny and Jeannie Pierce, all of Ava, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Casey, Madison and Sarah; one step-granddaughter, Crystal; seven great-grandchildren; five step-great-granchildren; a good friend, Harold Mitchell; and other relatives and friends.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date and time in Ava Cemetery per Tom’s request. Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral