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Richard Pierce

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Harvest Fellowship, 2307 W. Main St., for Richard Wayne Pierce of Artesia.

Pierce, 69, returned to be with his Lord Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, surrounded by his family

and caregiver Pricilla Munoz.
Ronnie Williams will officiate the services, with cremation to follow. Pallbearers will be Jim Riggs, Manuel Delgado, Ronnie Wilbanks, Bill Carpenter, Laramie Rollins, Gunnar Shearman, Phillip Baumgardner, Wimp Fine, Derrick Edwards, Rodney Standard, Kevin Wilson and Lupe Armandez.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Richard was born March 14, 1948, in Kermit, Texas, to Richard and Faye Pierce. He moved to Artesia during his freshman year of high school and graduated from Artesia High School in 1967.

He worked for Bristow Pump Company before starting a backhoe business, R&R Backhoe Services, with Ronnie Wilbanks, after which he worked for L&E Services as a backhoe operator. Richard’s lifelong passion for operating a backhoe would later change to owning/operating a homemade soda wagon, wherein he garnered the nickname “Soda Man.”

Survivors include daughters Tammy Neel and husband John, and Debbie Pierce and companion Cully Hawkins, both of Artesia; their mother Vickie Sherrell and husband Billy of Artesia; grandchildren Dalaci Baumgardner and husband Phillip, Laramie Rollins and wife Marie, T’Naya Edwards and husband Derrick, Brianna Neel, Gunnar Shearman, Shelby Shearman, Jarad Neel and wife Hailey, and Scott Neel; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Melvin Mosley, Lonnie Pierce, Vanda Lockhart, Delores Mansell, Shirley Simons, Wilma Brannan and Frankie Priest.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Janie Urban; and brother Arthur Ray Mosley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeview Christian Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.