James “Sonny” Pierce, 70, of Mulberry passed away Thursday, March 29, 2108, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 21, 1947, in Mulberry to the late Fines and Zula Mae Pierce. He was retired from Gerber and the Arkansas National Guard 142nd Field Artillery Regiment. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Jean Sims; a brother, Bobby Pierce; and a brother-in-law, Sammy Thacker.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Pierce of the home; a daughter, Paula Pierce of Summerville, S.C.; a son, Jason Pierce of Mulberry; three sisters, Linda Turner and Margaret Thacker, both of Searcy, and Sue Shearer of Jackson, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

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