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OBITUARY: Pulaski (TN) Citizen, May 23, 1956

Funeral services for Arthur Pierce, 70, retired farmer of the Thirteenth Civil District, were held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at Bennett-May Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Lloyd L. Hickman, Baptist minister, with burial in Diana Cemetery.

Mr. Pierce died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke at noon (May 22, 1856) Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Carl Gowan in the Minnow Branch Community.

Born July 8, 1885, in Giles County, he was the son of the late William Jordan Pierce and Callie Taylor Pierce, and had lived all his life here and in Obion County. His wife, Mrs. Mary Frances Cole Pierce, died in 1944.

In addition to Mrs. Gowan, Mr. Pierce is survived by another daughter, Mrs. J. W. Scales, Peoria, Ill.; and four sons, Willard Pierce, Pulaski, Virgil Pierce, Sumac community, George Lee Pierce, Brick Church, and Allen D. Pierce, Boonshill in Lincoln County.

Bennett-May and Company morticians in charge.

The tombstone reads, “T.L.” and not Arthur? The children's obituary cite his name as Arthur as does marriage license. Have no idea what T. L. stood for. I don’t find a T. L. in the records. [RHW 26 Feb 2013]
Its probably as anyone else with a formal name which gets changed along the way to a nickname I will add to the listing to include his name as T.L. "Arthur" Pierce [CWA. 27 Feb 2013]

Obituary collected and sent here by Ruth Hasten Walsh, 27 Feb 2013