JONESBORO — Austin Ray Pierce, 75, of Jonesboro passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at St. Bernards Medical Center. He was born July 9, 1945, in the Gilkerson community to Elbert and Dollie Brown Pierce.

Austin was an engineer with the Cotton Belt Railroad for 27 years until retirement. He served in the National Guard and loved rebuilding cars, gardening, drinking coffee with his buddies at Waffle House, hunting and fishing.

Austin was preceded in death by his brothers, Harley, Elvis and Gayle Patrick Pierce.

Those left behind to cherish the wonderful memory of Austin include his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Sue Clayton Pierce; his son, Dr. Kevin (Sherry) Pierce; daughter, Margo (Scott) Bridger; grandchildren, Clayton Bridger, Jackson Bridger, Madison (Dean) Gericke and Maegan Moore; great-grandchildren, Oliver Gericke and Avery Moore; brothers, Elbert (Jr.) Pierce and Glen Faye Pierce; and a sister, Sandra Martin.

Chapel services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home, 1900 W. Washington Ave. in Jonesboro with Stan Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Gibson Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service. The body will be lying in repose from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Pierce, Clayton Bridger, Jackson Bridger, Scott Bridger, George Stem and Sean Stem.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance while observing social distancing guidelines. All attendees must provide and wear masks upon entering and while in the building.

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