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Sam Henry Pierce Jr

09/13/1948 - 09/01/2023
Visitation Date: 09/09/2023
Visitation Time: 10:00AM
Visitation Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213

Sam Henry Pierce Jr

Sunrise   September 13, 1948  –   Sunset   September 1, 2023

Sam was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Samuel and Julia Mae Pool Pierce. He attended East High School in Paterson, NJ. He received his GED in the Job Corps and always said, “If you are in High School, stay there, because getting a GED is far worse than sticking it out.” After Job Corps he joined IBM. Then during the Vietnam War Sam decided not wait for the call, but enter the Army and serve. After leaving the military he joined AT&T as a corporate Manger and received numerous certifications from the Innovated School of Knowledge at AT&T. Once Sam retired from AT&T, he moved to Arizona and joined the Veterans Administration to aid his brother and sister as a Medical Support Assistant.

Sam is survived by his long-time friend and wife of 49 yrs. and 8 months, Bernida Fullard-Pierce. Three sons Octavio (Maria) Williams of Flint, MI, Dashwan Pierce, of Buckeye AZ, and Quyan Pierce, of Yuma, AZ. Four daughters Okesia Williams of Newark, NJ, Latonda Shelborne, of Gilbert AZ, Joessette (Bryan) Baldwin, of Mesa AZ, and his baby girl Samantha Pierce, of Gilbert, AZ. Two granddaughters, Octavia (Troy) Amerson, of Flint MI, Bernida Pierce, of Gilbert, AZ. Two grandsons Tierel Shelborne, of Grand Blanc, MI, Sam E. Pierce, Gilbert AZ. One great-granddaughter Nia Amerson of Flint, MI. One sister Louella Jenkins of Camden NJ, one brother Carl Pierce of Camden, NJ. A host of nieces and nephews from east coast to west coast.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Vondell Weaks, Nora Patton and brother Charlie Pierce.


Hey Guys,

Stay sweet, kind, and loving. Treat each other like today is your last day. I leave you to celebrate my home going, not to be sad, but remembering all the good times we shared.

Love, Dad




Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • RIP. I was very close to him. I love you , Sam was veryyy much a father figure to me he was always soo nice and loving and funny. The Pierce family has always treated me like one of their very own this breaks my heart to hear… My condolences , Rest in peace Sam pierce <3 and PLEASE IF I CAN DO ANYTHING FOR THE FAMILY PLEASE LET ME KNOW❤️❤️❤️

  • Rest in peace, my sweet friend. We worked together at the Southeast VA Clinic where I witnessed your unswerving dedication to and love for your fellow veterans. I look forward to seeing you in Glory, and I pray comfort for your family.

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