Robert Clyde “Baby Doll” Pierce went to be with our Lord on Monday October 2, 2017 at his residence at the age of 77. He was born May 24, 1940 in Shuqualak, MS to the late Anna Bell Flora and Roland L. Pierce. Baby Doll was all conference three years in high school, lettered in track, baseball and football freshman and sophomore years at EMCC. He was voted best back and best blocker. All state Juco team and was 1st team Juco college all American. He participated in the Shriners All American Game in Albuguerque, NM. He was also voted in EMCC hall of Fame for their first Hall of Fame. He was voted inaugural year in Junior College Hall of Fame along with his beloved coach Bull Sullivan. He was the only player Bull Sullivan and EMCC to ever have his jersey retired. His #31 jersey retired the following year after he graduated so that no other player would ever wear his number. His coach, Bull Sullivan in an article described “Baby doll” as the “THE BIGGEST LITTLE FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE WORLD. The little fellow with the big heart!”
Baby doll loved spending time with his family, as well as working on and restoring old cars with his sons and friends. He was a member at First Baptist Church of West Point and loved the Lord. We are so thankful for the promise for believers “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. (2 Corinthians 5:8).
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Dunn Pierce; sons, Robby Pierce and wife Terri, Reggie Pierce all of West Point; brothers, Roy Earl Pierce, Kenneth Rodgers, Rodger Pierce; grandchildren, Kale and wife Maegan, Anna Margaret and husband Joel, Riley, Brody, Sydney, Creed, Chris, Randi, Carleigh, Baylor, Sarah Grace, Easton, and Great grandchild, Ellie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Mike Pierce.
Funeral Service will be held at 3 PM Thursday October 5, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dale Funderburg officiating. Visitation will be 1-3 PM Thursday at the church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Bobbie Pierce, Wesley Pierce, Eddie Pierce, Bill Johnstone, Neal Myers, Cooper Dixon. Honorary pallbearers are Buddy McClelland, Leon “Coon” Simmons, Claude Keller, Dr. Ed Miller.
Memorials may be made to West Point Animal Shelter 5122 Old Tibbee Rd West Point, MS 39773.