Services for Mother Quenelle Knox Pierce, 92, who died July 6, will be held July 17 at 1 p.m. at Bennett Tabernacle Holiness Church with burial at Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be July 16 from 5-7 p.m. at King Brothers Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pierce was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Wheeler County, the eldest child of 13, born to the late Willie Lee and Henrietta Knox. She was a phenomenal woman who had a heart of gold that exemplified her Christian belief through her character, conduct and conversation.
She was an active and dutiful member of St. James AMC Church. She enjoyed showing support to the Tri-County Community Choir. She retired after 18 years from Amoco Fabric (Hazlehurst Mills) as a yarn packer in excursion
She had six children, Dolly (Aaron) Hicks, Donald Pierce, Rietta Handsome, Dr. Lenton Pierce, Starsilveneious (Franklin Sr.) Conaway, and Calvin Lee Pierce. Because of their kindness and generosity, a special son Elder Eddie Harmon and surrogates Cassandra Handsome and Melody Pierce were added to the family.
She had 14 grandchildren, Geraline Handsome, Valentino Handsome, Rufus (Sharon) Handsome III, Cassandra Handsome, Prophet Ronald (Terica) Handsome, Willie (Tisha) Handsome, Angela Hicks, Dr. Alisha (Kelvin) Pendleton, Tammy Roundtree, Donna Pierce, LaDonald Pierce, Melody Pierce (lovingly called Lady), Franklin Conaway Jr., 21 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and Fur-Baby Samuel Raphael Pierce (Ralph).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Grady Lee Pierce; father, Willie Lee Knox; mother, Henrietta Knox; grandson, Dr. Joseph D. Handsome; and siblings, E-Joseph Knox, Curtis Knox, Carrie K. Young, Ira Lee Knox, Robert Knox Sr., Sherman Knox, Christine Turner, Josie Lee Jackson, Pearline K. Reed, Carrie Tobler (grandmother), and Henrietta Cason (great-grandmother)
Survivors include siblings Willie C (Dorothy) Knox, Benjamin (MaryPeggy) Knox, Genether Ellis, brother-in-law Thomas Knox Jr. and aunt Elizabeth Knox.
King Brothers Funeral Home, Hazlehurst, was in charge. www.kingbrothersfh.com