Henry Pierce was born on May 13, 1935, in Twin City, Georgia, to the late Aaron Pierce and Thelma Sessions. He was the thirteenth child of fourteen children. Henry was educated in the Georgia school system. He was nurtured spiritually at an early age at the Roundtree Island Baptist Church in Georgia. He began working at an early age. In 1955, Henry migrated to Brooklyn, NY; where he became a member of Lighthouse Temple, under the leadership of the late Bishop Stevens.
In 1957, Henry was joined in Holy Matrimony to his beloved sweetheart, Verneata Williams, (aka Sister) whom he met as she was corresponding letters for his family. Through this union, God blessed them with eight wonderful children. Henry, along with his family, became members of the Apostolic House of Prayer, under the leadership of Bishop Floyd Henderson, and Bishop Marie Pearson. Henry served as Sunday school teacher, worship leader and he was an ordained Deacon. His love and concern for the church extended far beyond the walls of the building; he was very instrumental in getting the people home who needed transportation, and occasionally picked them up. Henry was a very diligent worker; he was a right hand to his leader. He loved working at the food pantry, and sharing with those who could not make it to the pantry, he made sure they were blessed with some food. His favorite scripture was St. John 1:1-14.
After the transitioning of his brother, the late Pastor Albert Pierce, of the Apostolic House of Prayer II, Henry assumed the position as the pastor for a brief period of time. By the moving and direction of the Lord, Henry joined in with All Peoples Church No. 1, under the leadership of the late Bishop Italy Cokley, most recently he served under Pastor Creola Smith, and head Bishop Willie Stewart; under this organization, he was ordained as Elder.
Henry was a very hard worker and a great provider for his family. He was employed by Welbilt Co., Philip Dodge, and Brooklyn Union Gas Company (National Grid). He retired from Brooklyn Union Gas Company (National Grid) after serving for 31 years. While working at Brooklyn Union Gas, Henry received several accommodations for outstanding work. Customers often praised him for the concern he demonstrated for their wellbeing. Henry enjoyed spending time with his family; BBQ’s, playing the guitar; taking the younger children to various parks for bike riding, and horseback riding. His favorite pastime was watching old western movies.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, and 13 siblings.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, 8 children, 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law and a host of Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, and his entire church family.
Humbly Submitted By the Family