- The Beckley Register-Herald, Beckley, WV, Online Edition, 20 August 2009
CLINTONVILLE - L. Prudence Piercy, 102, passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at the home of her caregiver in Smoot after a long illness.
Born Nov. 25, 1906, at Rupert, she was the youngest of five daughters born to the late William Starr and Mary Young Crane.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse J. Piercy; four sisters, Lou, Margie, Amy and Carmie; and a brother, Herb.
Mrs. Piercy was educated in Greenbrier County schools, graduating from Rainelle High School and the only one of her family to do so. In her early years, she was a member of Amwell Baptist Church, where her parents were members and many of her family members belonged. In later years, she joined James Chapel United Methodist Church, Clintonville, where she belonged until her death.
Prue was the primary breadwinner for the family as Jesse was hurt in the mines. Jesse kept the family farm going while Prue worked outside of the home to provide for the family. In earlier years, she sold produce in Rainelle, later worked as a waitress, clerk for Shafer’s hardware in Rupert and spent 15 years as a correctional officer at the federal women’s prison in Alderson. Prue was a wonderful mother and her entire life was wrapped around her children. She was always there for her children’s activities for support. She was also a well known crafter, having made many quilts which she gave to her children and grandchildren. She was also well known for her homemade soap which she gave to everyone who would accept it. She gave a sample of her cucumber soap to Barbara Mandrell, a performer at the state fair. She was very community-minded and was usually first in a home where there was a death or serious illness with offer of food, money or just a presence. Prue’s final years were spent with Barbara, who was her primary caregiver. She and Jesse celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1979 and they were married a total of 61 years until Jesse passed away in 1990. Prue had a hugh number of friends - she was very well known throughout Greenbrier County. She took great joy in participating in community activities - especially the Shanghai Parade in Lewisburg on New Year’s Day.
Prue loved to crochet, canning, loved her vegetable garden and took great pride in sharing with neighbors. Her home was filled with cloth bolts from her many craft activities. She was very proud of her age and took great pride that she was self-sufficient and could still drive well past her 95th birthday. Mrs. Piercy leaves a host of family and friends and the world has been blessed to have her for almost 103 years.
Prue married Jesse J. Piercy, Nov. 29, 1929, at Rupert, and soon after they established a home in Clintonville, four children were born at the family home in Clintonville. Surviving her are James W. (Jim) and wife, Leona, of Elkview, Barbara Stone and husband, Frank, of Clintonville, Janet McNeel and husband, Lanty, of Hillsboro and Carl Curtis (Pete) and wife, Judy, of Clintonville; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.
Service will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the James Chapel United Methodist Church, Clintonville, with the Rev. Von Sadler officiating. Burial will follow in the James Chapel Cemetery, beside her deceased husband, Jesse Piercy.
Friends may call 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at the James Chapel United Methodist Church, Clintonville, and at the church one hour prior to the service Saturday.
The family acknowledges and appreciates the loving care given by the Parrish family, Larry, Glenna, Jodie and Justin, to our mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the James Chapel Building Fund, c/o the Rev. Von Sadler, Clintonville, W.Va., or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.