Wayne Gilbert Pierce

January 24, 1928 ~ July 6, 2018 (age 90)

WAYNE GILBERT (JOE BUCK) PIERCE,  age 90 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Friday, July 6, 2018, in Athens. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, Tenn., a son of the late Ray Gilbert and Nelle Cate Pierce.  He was retired from Bowaters Paper Co. and was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and retired from the National Guard. He was a member of McMinn County Senior Center and particiapted in the Senoir Olympics. 

He was preceded in death by

  • His wife: Bobbie Jean Owens Pierce on April 4, 1998
  • A sister: Blanche Pierce.


  • Son and Daughter-in-law: David and Rachael  Pierce of Cleveland, Tenn.
  • One Granddaughter: Emily Pierce of Athens, Tenn. 
  • Grandson: Josh Pierce,
  • Four Great Grandchildren: Riley, Gavin, Damian, and Nikki Pierce.
  • Step Grandsons: Odin Gallagher and Maddux Gallagher.

Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, July 8, 2018 in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Pastor Robert Seaton officiating. 

Active pallbearers will be Brothers of the Southern Souls Motorcycle Club.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 Saturday in Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home.

Those wishing may make contributions to McMinn County Senior Center 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, Tenn. 37303  in honor of Wayne Pierce.

Those unable to attend may send condolences at www.laycockhobbs/notices/

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tn. in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to:

McMinn Senior Center
205 McMinn Ave., Athens TN 37303

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