In Memory

Jimmy Pierce

Jimmy Pierce

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12/29/10 08:38 PM #1    

Randy Turner

I have many fond memories of Jimmy.   Freddy Hennighausen, Jimmy, and I used to drive around in his Corvair... until Freddy drove it one day and ran into a low concrete post or something in the Roswell Country Club parking lot.  Or maybe I was driving it... I'm not sure.  I think Russell Nelms might have been with us too.  Jimmy always had a smile on his face.  I later learned that he was a big animal lover.  Sorry to hear that Jimmy is gone.


12/29/10 09:08 PM #2    

Cheryl Koren


May 24, 1953
Death:  Sep. 6, 2007

Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 10, 2007, at Grace Community Church for Jimmy Lee "Jim" Pierce, age 54, of Roswell, who passed away September 6, 2007, in Midland, Texas. The Rev. Rick Hale of Grace Community Church will officiate, assisted by Pastor Ruble, with interment to follow at South Park Cemetery.

Jim was born May 24, 1953, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, to Wanda Lynn McElvaney.

Jim married Fawn Alcorn in Roswell on July 8, 1995. She survives him at the family home, along with their beloved dog, Juneau.

He is also survived by his parents, Lynn and Gene McElvaney of Roswell; in-laws Rex and Bobbi Alcorn of Roswell; brothers-in-law David Alcorn of Roswell, Dennis Alcorn and his wife, Debby, of Prosper, Texas, Gene McElvaney III and his wife, Janet, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Sue Teague and her husband, Troy, of Roswell. Jim is also survived by his favorite aunt Vera Lee, as well as many uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his sister Janet Green and his maternal grandparents, Vala and O.M. Howie.

Jim graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell in 1971. Music was an important part of Jim's life and one of his greatest passions. He attended McMurry University on a vocal scholarship, participating in KIVA, and graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He loved to relax by playing his guitar and banjo, or picking out a tune on the keyboard. Friends would often receive one of his favorite CD's in the mail with a simple note,

"Thought you would enjoy"... Jim.

Jim was an accomplished golfer, and couldn't quite decide which he enjoyed more, swinging a club or floating around the family pool on a raft, with his pal Juneau watching longingly from the deck.

It is often said that in order to have a good friend, one must be a good friend. Jim loved his friends and had many lifelong relationships hallmarked by his loyalty and generosity. Jim was known for his kindheartedness, often evidenced in his loving care of animals, dogs in particular. His infectious smile could light up a room and his sense of humor kept everyone grinning. One of Jim's greatest joys was to evoke that grin from his cherished wife, Fawn.

Jim was an Independent Petroleum Landman, known widely in the industry for his powerful work ethic. He was a member of the NM Oil & Gas Association and had served as president of the NM Landman Association as well as President of the Roswell Energy Library.

Pallbearers will be Phil Brewer, Jim Brannigan, Kirk Edens, Lew Goodpasture, Ron Hanbury, Ron Holmes, Rory McMinn, Edsel Neff, and Rick Penny. All of Jim's close friends are Honorary Pallbearers.

To honor Jim's life with a charitable gift, his favorites were:

• Roswell Humane Society

• Harvest Ministries - P.O. Box 3993, Roswell, NM 88202

• Cowboy Bell Scholarship - First United Methodist Church

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. To offer your respects online, you may visit our Web site:
South Park Cemetery
Chaves County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Sep 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21457100

01/19/11 08:31 PM #3    

Tom Dunlap

 What a voice he had.  Shoulda been in musical picture shows or on 8-Track.

02/05/11 10:28 PM #4    

Stacey O'Dell (Hunter)

Laurie Rizan subscribes to Lagrone Funeral Home Obituaries and shared Jimmy's with me when he died. I remember reading the email and feeling deeply hurt by the news of his death. I had to close my office door for awhile. Jimmy and I went to elementary school, Jr High (wasn't "Mid School" back then) and High School many of us did. I even went over to see him and Larry Hunnicut once in Midland. We had a great time and I was very impressed by his success. I cannot remember anyone who wasn't his friend and didn't enjoy hanging out with him. I am still sad at the thought that he is gone and will not be at our reunion.

03/20/11 04:55 PM #5    

Russell Nelms

   Jimmy was one of my first friends when I moved to Roswell in 1967.  In fact, Jimmy was the the first at many things.  He was the first of our group to have his own car, the first to wear bell-bottoms, and the first to sport a Nehru jacket (orange, worn with a white dickey).

   Jimmy was the voice of our class.  He didn't speak for us so much as he sang for us.  He made all-state chorus each of his 4 years at Goddard, and he was featured prominently in all of our high school musicals.

   I was in the car the night that Jimmy's car was wrecked, but I remember it a little differently from Randy.  Whoever the driver was hit a stone wall at Cahoon Park.  Jimmy went ballistic because the car ended up high-centered on the wall.  But the danger of the Corvair was also its beauty.  We picked up the front end, moved it off the wall, and placed it back on the street.  It was months before that wall was fixed, but Jimmy's car was fine.

   Our culture changed dramatically during our high school years, and Jimmy and I changed as well.  Gradually, our friendship gave way to an edgy competitiveness over things neither of us would remember later.  By the time we graduated we were still friends, but not very friendly.

   In 2001 Jimmy called from out of the blue to urge me to attend our 30th reunion.  Minutes into our conversation we were the friends from '67 again.  It shouldn't take a lot courage to rekindle an old friendship, but for some reason it does, and Jimmy was a courageous man.

   The story of every friendship is a love story.  In the 40 years since we graduated we've learned that it's okay for one man to tell another that he loves him, especially if it's phrased properly, as in "I love you man" or "I love you dude."  So, Jimmy, I love you man.  In my mind you'll always be on that stage with Steve Glover singing "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."  And the audience will applaud as klieg lights fade to black.


04/14/11 02:42 PM #6    

Robert E. Belt

Well said Russell..., I did not know Jimmy so well but do remember him as friendly and kind...., sorry to say that I did not know him better... What a special friend he must have been to all that knew him.
Robert Belt

08/25/11 12:19 PM #7    

Ann Mauney (Joy)

    A wonderful person Jimmy was indeed and a great voice ! I know he is missed by many and sad to hear he is not with us anymore . Until we meet again ,God Bless ~

                  Ann Mauney -Joy

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