The Reverend J. Pierce Evans, Jr., 84, of Little Mountain died Sunday, April 17, 2022, at the Heritage at Lowman Rehabilitation.
Born in Augusta, GA on March 8, 1938, he was a son of the late Johnnie P. Evans, Sr., and Sarah Kilpatrick Evans.
A 1961 graduate of Newberry College, he then began the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and was ordained into the Lutheran ministry by the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church of America on May 23, 1966. He served in the NC Synod at Ebenezer Lutheran, Catawba, NC and Trinity Lutheran, Concord, NC, and the South Carolina Synod at Summer Memorial, Newberry, SC, St. James Lutheran, Leesville, SC, and Faith Lutheran, Newberry, SC. He retired in 2001 after 36 years of active ministry. During retirement Rev. Evans served as a local pulpit supply pastor and from 2008-2016 as the visitation pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Prosperity.
In 1966, Pierce married Clarice Shealy and they built a family together raising two daughters, Trudy, and Sarah Jo. The two loved traveling and camping, and over their 55+ years together, they were able to visit all the 48 continental states. Upon his retirement, they moved to Little Mountain and became members of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church.
Always learning, he was an avid reader and an adopter of new technologies. Rev. Evans enjoyed hobbies such as drawing, painting, woodburning, photography and camping. He especially enjoyed sharing his hobbies with his daughters and granddaughters.
He will be remembered for his optimistic outlook on life, his gift of ministry through visitation, and his love of family
Rev. Evans is survived by his wife, Clarice Shealy Evans; daughter, Sarah Jo (David) Eargle; granddaughters, Alana and Julia Eargle; nephews and sisters-in-laws.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Trudy, and his brother, Edward Evans.
Graveside services will be conducted by Rev. Richard Johnston at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church.
The family suggests sending any memorials to Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 816 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Little Mountain, SC 29075 or the Little Mountain Rescue Squad 219 N Boundary Street, Little Mountain, SC 29075.