Alma Lou Pierce

Alma Lou Pierce

Alma Lou Pierce
October 30, 1935 – January 13, 2018

Wendell and Zebulon. She was born in the Pearce’s Community in Franklin County near Zebulon. Alma Lou was the only child of the late Franklin Perry Pierce and Mary Lucille Phillips Pearce. Her grandparents were Johnny Arkell Philips and Lena Alma Weathers Phillips; Benjamin Franklin Pierce and Florence Poole Pierce. Her great, grandparents were; Civil War Captain Furney Perry Pierce who received his promotion to Captain through the mail. His first wife was Jane Phillips Pierce; James A. Phillips and wife Martha Liles Phillips; Benjamin Franklin Weathers and wife Mary Alice Jones Weathers.
Alma Lou grew up on her parent’s farm near Wendell. She graduated from Wendell High School and attended Meredith for 2 years and ACC, now Barton College, for 2 years with a double major BA in Education and Social Studies. While she was there she was a member of Sigma Tau Chi Sorority. She also received her Masters degree in Education from East Carolina University. She taught the 7th grade, 6th, grade, & 4th grade for 36 years at Wakelon High School and Zebulon Elementary School in Zebulon.
The things she enjoyed were: teaching school, reading, buying shoes, antiques, shopping, doing Jumble in the newspaper, old cars, eating out with friends, and talking on the phone to friends.
My special family: Brenda and Gary Farmer and family; Larry Massey, Donna Terry, Peggy Debnam, Hal Debnam and Amy & family; Betty Jean, Jack Tippett and family; Harvey A. Phillips, Jr., now deceased, My special friends: Janie Hinton, now deceased, and the students that I taught.

A special thank you to Coventry House of Zebulon, Community Hospice, and medical staff for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers contributions to the charity or organization of one’s choice.

Graveside funeral service and entombment will be 10 am, Saturday, at Union Chapel Baptist Church cemetery beside her parents, 96 Hwy N., Zebulon, NC.
Visitation will be 6 -7:30 pm,Friday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Jeanne Bullock Stone Posted January 16, 2018 9:28 am

    She was my seventh grade teacher. really liked her. Only knew arrangements today, too late to attend. I would have. Class of 1969! Wakelon High School

  • Jackie Perry-Medlin Posted January 16, 2018 11:28 am

    RIP Ms Pierce…You left such a great impression on us all. Names you never forgot after all the years of teaching tothousand of students. Your smile was infectious. Thank you for your dedication. You will be missed but you will make such a “Beautiful Angel”

  • Jean Hare Goodwin Posted January 17, 2018 2:23 pm

    I met Alma Lou at Meredith College in 1953 as we lived on the same hall. When I saw her picture and obituary today , I pulled out my old yearbook and remembered those long ago days.This is a quote from what she wrote in my yearbook:”I will never forget our walks down the drive. We surely do thank you for using your popcorn popper….” So many good memories of a long ago era. May her loved ones cherish their own memories of a special southern lady.

  • Nancy Posted January 17, 2018 3:19 pm

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Miss Pierce. She taught me in the 4th grade at Zebulon Elementary I am so sadden to hear the news and also crying.

  • Gwendolyn Cotton Posted January 18, 2018 8:31 pm

    Ms.Pierce taught me in 4th grade at Zebulon elementary . She was always a very nice person and she remembered me when ever we met up . Ms .Pierce you rest now you fought long enough RIP

  • Violet Denton Allen Posted January 19, 2018 11:29 am

    Miss Pierce was my 7th grade teacher and the best one I ever had.She was also a good friend,she loved and cared for all her students,she didn’t believing in “teacher’s pets”,she treated us all the same.She would always stop and talk to you every time she saw you anywhere,it didn’t matter to her.She never met a stranger,she will be missed by many.we love you miss pierce,RIP.

  • The Carroll’s Posted January 19, 2018 5:37 pm

    We have known her for a long time!! She lived a good long life. She was loving, caring, and kind!! She was loved and will be missed. Prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  • BJ and Cheryl Posted January 19, 2018 7:01 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about the death of Alma Lou. We have fond memories of her and her mother visiting our grandparents, William and Hazel Phillips on Sunday afternoons. Alma Lou was always prim and proper wearing her bright pink lipstick, and hair in a bun.

    Our most favorite story of Alma Lou and her mother, was them sitting up all night and sleeping during the day after her father died because they were scared of the dark,

    We will always remember you ……..

  • Bill Buchanan Posted January 28, 2018 7:25 pm

    So sad to hear about this; Ms. Pierce was my 4th grade teacher. She was so much fun and such a sweet person. She loved pink, and I remember she even had a pink whistle she used for P.E. Thank you Ms. Pierce for your dedication and love for your students. You will be missed.

  • Felicia Valentine Yates Posted March 7, 2018 10:45 am

    Ms. Pierce taught me and my brother at Zebulon Elementary School in 1973-1974..I love learning about history.. From your students Felicia Valentine and David Valentine.

  • Carolyn Young Posted April 4, 2018 9:32 pm

    I am so very sorry I didn’t know this earlier but Donna Terry and Brenda so sorry for the loss of a very kind and one of the sweetest women you would ever have the pleasure of knowing, she taught all 5 of my children and never and I mean never failed to ask about them and their lives when she would see me! RIP sweet lady and you are going to be missed by all your friends and family, we all have such great memories of you! ❤️?

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