Jean Hardison Pierce

Jean Hardison Pierce

August 21, 2022, 88, Goldsboro –

Jean Hardison Pierce, 88, was graciously received into the presence of her Lord early on Sunday morning surrounded by her family. Jean was born in Wayne County to the late Jimmy and Gertrude Best Hardison on September 28, 1933. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Lawrence Maxton “Mack” Pierce and brother, Carol Hardison.

A long-time member of Nahunta Friends Meeting, Jean put her faith into action through participation in the various ministries of the church. Working as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, elder, and member of many committees, she exhibited her faith in Christ through service to His church.

Working alongside her family in the family business, Jean was a valued part of Nahunta Hog Market, Inc. and Nahunta Pork Center from its inception.

For over 70 years, she was an active member of the Nahunta Extension and Community Association. Whether serving as president or any other leadership role, Jean took great pride in her work and served wherever she was needed. Beyond the local association, she also served at the county, district, and state levels. Because of her exceptional service, Jean was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In addition to her service with the Extension and Community Association, Jean volunteered for many years with the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, and was a member of the Nahunta Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Although Jean was constantly involved in many important things, she knew how to lay aside the important things for the vital things. For Jean, the most vital thing was her family. In her words, family always came first! She was a constant support and faithful ally to each member of her family.

Detail-oriented, Jean’s organization was a valued asset to her family, work, and volunteer services. Her expertise was as equally sought as her organization, and she was known to always have a kind word to say to others.

Meticulous and precise, Jean’s home was organized and spotless. She believed that everything had a place and everything should be in its place. Her dress was equally as impressive as she took pride in her appearance.

Jean is survived by her sons, Lawrence Maxton “Larry” Pierce, Jr. and wife, Rita Lynch Pierce of Goldsboro and James Frederick “Freddie” Pierce and wife, Amy Sutton Pierce of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Brandon Pierce and wife, Mandy, Lauren Pierce Davis and husband, Josh, Lindley Pierce Schultze and husband, Patrick, and Anna Pierce Dean and husband, Hunter; and great-grandchildren, Avery Grace, Benjamin Maxton, Maxton Elliott, twins – Reece Elliott and Brooks Richardson, and was anticipating the birth of Graham Pierce Schultze. She is also survived by her sister, Frances Wiggs of Goldsboro; and brothers, Donald Hardison of Port St. Lucia, FL and Theodore Hardison of Windsor, VA.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at Jean’s home. A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with Eric Woods and Steve Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in Wayne Memorial Park with her son, Freddie Pierce officiating.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in her memory to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534; Nahunta Friends Meeting, 2537 N.C. Hwy. 581 North, Pikeville, NC 27863; or to the J.H. and L.M. Pierce Library Endowment at the University of Mount Olive, 634 Henderson Street, Mount Olive, NC 28365.

Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at