Joseph ‘Brent’ Pierce, 46, played for Hoggard state football champs

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Joseph Brent Pierce
Joseph Brent Pierce

WILMINGTON – Joseph “Brent” Pierce, age 46, of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

He was born on March 7, 1970, in Wilmington, the son of Cecilia Ann and Joseph Ervin Pierce.

In his younger years Mr. Pierce enjoyed spending summers with his Grandfather, Red, in the Florida Keys. Those times contributed to his love for the beaches and water.

A proud native of Wilmington, he graduated from Hoggard High School in 1989. With honor, he wore the No. 90 in positions on the offensive and defensive lines. He helped the Vikings win a state championship during his high school career. After he graduated, he joined the United States Navy and sailed the seas all over the world. Following his time in the Navy, he returned to Wilmington and worked in construction. You could always guarantee that he was watching and cheering for N.C. State Wolfpack or Washington Redskins.

Mr. Pierce is proceeded in death by his father, Joe Pierce; his paternal grandparents, Billy and Betty Pierce; and his maternal grandparents, Red and Cecile Bradshaw.

He is survived by his mother, Cecilia Coston and step-father Larry Coston. Mr. Pierce had a special bond with his mother.

He is also survived by his brother Rhett Seaton, step-brother Scott Coston, and his nieces and nephews Deryck Seaton, Erika Seaton, Shiloh Seaton, Madison Coston and Derek Jones III. He had a special place in his heart for all his friends, especially his best friends, Jeff Lennon, Terry Pennington, Taw Carson and Hannah Purvis.

A service to celebrate his life was held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to Hoggard High School, in memory of Joseph, would be appreciated.

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