Tom J. Pierce, 80, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 14, 2017, at his home in Brazil. He was born March 31, 1937, in Clay County, to William T. Pierce and Edith Mae (Underwood) Pierce. He attended schools in Brazil and graduated from Brazil High School in 1955.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne (Evans) Pierce, whom he married Sept. 11, 1959; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lori J. Pierce, Evansville and Lisa Pierce Fane and Brian Fane, Avon Lake, Ohio; two grandchildren and their spouses, Katie McClellan Lunsford and husband Chad of Avon and Kraig McClellan and wife Brittany (Singer) McClellan, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, Ava, Ella and Aidan Lunsford, and Owen and Cora McClellan; a brother, Allan Pierce and his wife Loretta Pierce of Brazil; and a sister, Donna Mullinix and her companion Randy Ellison of Harmony; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dave and Ettie Evans of Brazil; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
Tom owned Tom's Travel Town in Brazil, for 20 years, selling cars, trucks and trailers. Prior, he worked for several car dealerships including Hughes Auto Sales, where he struck up a life-long friendship with its owner Col. Gayle Hughes. He obtained his auctioneer's license and conducted numerous sales around the Wabash Valley.
With no plans to retire, Tom closed the car dealership in the mid-90s and began selling tools, collectibles and primitives at various flea markets and at the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. He was a Bridge Festival vendor for over 20 years before he became a property owner in Bridgeton and spent countless hours working around that property, loving the community of Bridgeton.
Tom and his brother, Al were dedicated auto race fans and enjoyed many Sprint and Open Wheel races over the years. He and Mary Anne took time out in the winter to spend time in RV parks in Arizona, Texas and Florida, enjoying the local culture.
He was a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge 762 for 51 years and Masonic Lodge 541 for 40 years.
Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, Wednesday from 4 until 8 p.m. Services will be at the funeral home, Thursday, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Bridgeton Covered Bridge Association Inc. P.O. Box 1868, Bridgeton, IN 47836. To share an online condolence, visit:
Published on April 15, 2017