Oleene Gallimore Pierce
DENTON | Oleene Gallimore Pierce, 85, of Crousetown Road, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Mountain Vista Health Park in Denton. Her funeral friday 2:00pm at Community Baptist Church in the Silver Valley Community by the Revs. Brian Workman and Claudie Harrison. Burial will follow in Walter's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and other times at the family home on Crousetown Road. She was the only daughter of Seaph Wood Gallimore and Mary Alice Snider Gallimore. Mrs. Pierce was born on March 16, 1925, and was a lifelong resident of Davidson County. She retired from Thornton Knitting in Denton. She was proud of her 67 years of marriage to her husband, the Rev. Warren E. Pierce, who preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers Aster Gallimore, Rex Gallimore and Boyd Gallimore.
Mrs. Pierce is survived by four children, Zelda P. Willard of Floyd, Va., Brenda P. Wicker and husband Mack of Randleman, Phillip L. Pierce and wife Donna of Denton and Joy P. Leonard and husband Mark of Lexington; six grandchildren, Melanie W. Ratcliff and husband James, Allen Willard and wife Susan, Kelly Wicker and wife Tina, Stacy Wicker and wife Rosemary, Tony Pierce and Jeremy Wicker; five great-grandchildren, Ashley Willard, Rusty Moore, Nicholas Willard, Warren Ratcliff and Vernon Wicker; three brothers, James Lee Gallimore and wife Violet of Jasper, Ala., Hosea Gallimore and friend Marie Myers of Denton and Doak Gallimore and wife Nancy of Thomasville; three sisters-in-law, Pauline Gallimore, Edith Gallimore and Bevilee Gallimore; two aunts, Avis Surratt and Mamie Schuler; one uncle, Paul Gallimore and wife Marjorie; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be sent to Community Baptist Church, designated to the food bank, 385 Ernest Snider Road, Lexington, NC 27292 or to Walter's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2610 Cid Road, Lexington, NC 27292.
Oleene Gallimore was the third child and only daughter born to Seaph and Alice Gallimore. She was born on 16 March 1925 while the family lived in Thomasville
on Julian Avenue. Oleene was also the first granddaughter of Jim and Hattie Gallimore and Lee and Mary Ann Snider.
Oleene attended first grade at the Thomasville City School. When her father, Seaph, would go home for lunch he would go by the school and pick up Aster, Rex and
Oleene and they would go home for lunch. After lunch he would take them back to school and he would go back to Ragan Hosiery Mill and finish his day's work
In the spring of 1932, when Oleene was around seven years old, her family moved to the Leach house on Crousetown Road near Denton.
Shortly after the move her mother Alice had taken the children down to the spring to clean up. Oleene was walking in the leaves and was bitten by a snake. It was first thought that Oleene had a briar in her foot and was sent to the house. She became ill and her foot was very swollen. Alice Gallimore sent for her father-in-law, Jim Gallimore. Jim came and brought some whiskey. Oleene's older brothers, Aster and Rex, took turns holding the whiskey on the bite to get the poison out of her body. Aster and Rex also took turns entertaining Oleene during this time by riding her around in a little red wagon.
In 1933 when Seaph and Alice Gallimore's last child, Doak, was born Oleene found herself as the only girl with six brothers. Brother Rex tells that when asked how
many brothers and sisters he had when growing up his answer was, "There are six boys in the family and each have a sister." This would lead strangers to believe there were twelve children in the family instead of the seven.
Oleene attended school in Denton. Being the only girl in the family Oleene had plenty of inside housekeeping chores to do. Her six brothers helped more with the
outside chores. The only time Oleene could get help with her chores was when the boys had finished their chores and needed an extra person to play ball.
At Christmastime the family would go to Lee and Mary Ann Snider's home where the children would receive a piece of stick candy and an orange.
One Easter Oleene was attending an Easter Egg Hunt at Walter's Grove Church and one fellow caught her attention. His name was Warren Pierce. Later on 14
December 1941 Oleene married Warren Ernest Pierce. Warren was born 21 May 1921 and is the son of Ernest Lafayette Pierce and Lillie Henderson Jackson.
Only months later, on 2 October 1942, Warren was drafted into the Air Force and was stationed at Keester Field, Mississippi. Warren went overseas 8
February 1943 to the North African Theater. While Warren was in service Oleene stayed with her parents and gave birth to their first child, Zelda Warren, born 19
December 1942. Zelda was 2 Y2 years old before her father got to see her. When Warren was transferred to West Palm Beach, Florida, Oleene went to stay him for
two months. He was discharged in October, 1945
Brenda Ann, Warren and Oleene's second daughter, was born on 28 August 1946. Their third child and only son, Phillip Lawrence, was born on 2 February 1953, Groundhog Day. Phil was the second of three cousins that was born on holidays within a three month period. Boyd's daughter Phyllis was born on Christmas Day, 1952 and Rex's daugther's Debbie was born on Valentine's'Day 1953.
Joy Denise was the last child born to Warren and Oleene on 2 September 1957.
Oleene worked at Wrenn Hosiery in Thomasville and Bishers Hosiery and Morris Hosiery in Denton as well as looping at home while her children were small. She then worked at Thornton Knitting Company in Denton for thirty years.
Warren Pierce was a minister for over 35 years, twenty-four of those years at Solid Rock Baptist Church. Oleene supported her husband with many duties as a
minister's wife. Oleene's hobbies are working with plastic canvas and crocheting afghans. She has made four afghans, one for each of her children.
Zelda Pierce Willard works for Social Services in Virginia. She married Larry Willard on 19 November 1962, son of James Melvin Willard and Dorothy Hicks. They
have two children, Allen and Melanie. Allen has three children, Rusty, Nicholas and Ashley.
Brenda married Francis MacArthur "Mac" Wicker on 25 June 1966. Mac is the son of Frances Wicker and Mary Wade Laughlin. They have three sons Kelly, Stacy and Jeremy. Brenda enjoys being a housewife and mother.
Phil married Donna Carol Hughes on 9 July 1971. Donna is the daughter of Edward Hughes and Wanda Loretta Harris. They have one son, Tony.
Joy married Mark Charles Leonard, son of Burl Bassett Leonard, Jr. and Geraldine Carter. Joy has been employed at Duracell for twenty-five years.
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