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Celebrating the life of
J. Fred Pierce
Passed away on April 13, 2018
Retired Executive Vice President WJCL ABC22
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Isle of Hope Baptist Church
  • 22 Rose Ave. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-9815
  • Interment
  • - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 300 Greenwich Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

I am so very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have of Fred bring you comfort during this difficult time and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and Jehovah God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”—2 Thess. 2:16, 17. Please go to jw.org to find the answer to any bible questions you may have such as what happens when our loved one die.

S. Love, , Ga

Our deepest thoughts and love to your family! Diane and Spence Connerat

Diane Connerat, Lakemont, Ga

Ruth, Cyndi and Scott I was saddened to read about Fred. He had a wonderful life and had many friends. I know his family was so special to him. Hold the wonderful memories that you have In your heart. Love to all of you, Phyllis

Phyllis Edwards Childs, Athens, GA,

you couldn't ask for a nicer boss or better friend. I never felt I worked FOR Fred Pierce, I worked WITH Fred Pierce. He was firm but kind and never heard him raise his voice to me or anyone else that worked with him that I know of. He had a great sense of humor and a very friendly air about him. I can recall new employees marveling that they ran into Fred walking around the building, greeting people and seeing how they were doing. They had not experienced that sort of personal management before. You could always share a joke with Fred, or he'd share one with you. Fred NEVER "pulled rank" on us telling us what to cover, he may have inquired about a story but didn't tell us not to cover it or to "drop" it. It was an honor and pleasure to work with him and an even bigger honor to have him for a friend!

Bill Edwards, Savannah , Ga

Uncle Fred had a special role. Not being my father, Uncle Fred was my friend and a supporter in a different way than anyone else in my life as a relative, a companion and mentor; one of the few people able to be all of these. His passion was his career and he dedicated his life to being the best he could be. Even though this is how most of the world saw him, Uncle Fred and I had a different relationship. I remember when I was a child he would visit our family and he would always spend time with me. I could tell even at a young age that he really cared about me. The loss, is a particularly hard one however and is filled with the years of happy memories we had, and that special connection that belongs only to uncles. Uncle Fred will forever be my Superman, always. Ann and I extend our deepest condolences to you Aunt Ruth, Scottie and Cyndi. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. Our prayers are with you all during this time. Love You Al

Al and Ann Folsom, Eastland , Tx

I enjoyed knowing Fred both as a student at GTC and also as part of our 1950's/60's Alumni and T-Club/Lettermen groups. Still enjoy watching tapes made of our reunions and Fred playing golf. My thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and the family. Keep those happy memeories in your heart always. They help heal the sadness we feel so deeply now. With love to all of you, Jackie

Jackie Mikell Yates, Statesboro, GA

I met Fred in the 1960's when he was at WTOC and played basketball at the JEA. He was a fine person. Last week I thought about calling Fred since we had no contact for a long time. (I am curious why he was at Hospice.)

Stanley Harris, Jr, Savannah,

Mrs. Pierce was my 1st grade teacher at Savannah Christian and I knew Scott growing up. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he was a good man. God bless in the days ahead.

Timothy & Karen Smith, Pooler, GA

We shared many fond memories from our days at GTC. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty Ruth and the family.

Bette & Buddy Ward, Jacksonville, FL

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Our deepest condolences to the Pierce family. Fred was a good man and he will be deeply missed. Our prayers go out to all of you at this sad time. God bless you.

Marilyn Florie @ Nancy Rowland, Savannah , Georgia

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put an end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

Fred will be missed by everyone that knew him. I miss the talks we used to have. Rest in peace, my friend.

PAULSON , Savannah , Ga

May the family find comfort from the scriptures that tell us death will soon be gone (Isa. 25:8, 1 Cor. 15:26). May you find the comfort from these scriptures an more an also part to our Father in heaven to cope.

Kay F , Savannah , Ga

My condolences to family and friends. During this most difficult time, please find comfort in your pleasant memories of your loved one. Also comforting is the hope of the resurrection held out in the scriptures. Daniel 12:2 says that many asleep will wake up.

D K, ,

Scott, I am sorry to read about your Dad. Fred was a wonderful person and the best Manager I have ever worked for. He cared for every person the worked at WJCL. His interest in his staff and the station was second to none. I am proud to call him a friend.

Fred & Shannon Wagoner, West Palm Beach, Florida

Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Luckett, Savannah, GA

May God sustain you at this time of such great loss (2 Cor 1:3 )

Dorothy., Dacula ,

J. Fred Pierce, retired Executive Vice President of WJCL, 85, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Hospice Savannah, Inc. He was born in Sylvania, Georgia, son of John Hubert and Evelyn Pierce. The 1950 graduate of Savannah High School and 1954 graduate of Georgia Southern College lived most of his life in Savannah.  In the early 60’s, he began his career with WTOC Television in advertising.  Mr. Pierce, along with Russ Fredrich, opened one of the first FM radio stations in Savannah, 97.3 WXLM, in 1968.  Mr. Pierce continued his career in the early 70’s with Lewis Broadcasting where he operated their flagship station WJCL ABC 22 and additionally as general manager of WTGS-Fox 28 and WGSA.  He retired in 1999.  Mr. Pierce was also president of Fred Pierce & Associates a broadcast consulting and real estate management firm.

He served his church and community in many various capacities.  He was a member of Isle of Hope Baptist Church where he served as chairman, Board of Deacons and as a Trustee.  He was a long-time resident of Isle of Hope and lead the effort to build the Isle of Hope Swimming Pool.  He was past president and director of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and Savannah Chamber of Commerce.  Past chairman of the Savannah Recreation Commission and the Mayor’s Youth Opportunity Program and a member of the Mayor’s Educational sub-committee on drug abuse, the Public Relations Division of the United Community Services, Georgia Cancer Management Network, the Senior Citizens Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Savannah, Candler Hospital Development Program, Marshlands Foundation, Exchange Club of Savannah and board of directors of Silent Witness, Georgia Baptist Foundation and the American Red Cross.  Pierce also served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Savannah Christian Preparatory School, and Captain of the Savannah Quarterback Club.

A dedicated Georgia Southern alumnus, Mr. Pierce was recognized in Who’s Who of American College and Universities, selected to the Georgia Southern University Athletic Hall of Fame, past president of the GSU Letterman’s Club and served on the committee to get university status for Georgia Southern College.  While attending Georgia Southern College, he served as president of the student body and president of the freshman class.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Folsom Pierce; son and daughter-in-law, Scott Pierce (Amy) all of Savannah; daughter, Cyndi Pierce Markowitz of North Augusta, SC; sister, Genie Pierce Platt; brother-in-law, Guy Platt of Hoschton, GA; grandchildren, Pierce Markowitz, (Lindsey) of North Augusta, SC; Hayley Markowitz of Atlanta, GA; Hayden Markowitz of Sarasota, FL; Grace Pierce of Canton, GA; Jack Pierce of Savannah; Daniel Bosch of Savannah; Gabriel Bosch of Savannah; great-grandchild, Aniston Markowitz of North Augusta, SC.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Isle of Hope Baptist Church.

Interment will follow in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances:  American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 or www.heart.org

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I am so very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have of Fred bring you comfort during this difficult time and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and Jehovah God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”—2 Thess. 2:16, 17. Please go to jw.org to find the answer to any bible questions you may have such as what happens when our loved one die.

S. Love, , Ga

Our deepest thoughts and love to your family! Diane and Spence Connerat

Diane Connerat, Lakemont, Ga

Ruth, Cyndi and Scott I was saddened to read about Fred. He had a wonderful life and had many friends. I know his family was so special to him. Hold the wonderful memories that you have In your heart. Love to all of you, Phyllis

Phyllis Edwards Childs, Athens, GA,

you couldn't ask for a nicer boss or better friend. I never felt I worked FOR Fred Pierce, I worked WITH Fred Pierce. He was firm but kind and never heard him raise his voice to me or anyone else that worked with him that I know of. He had a great sense of humor and a very friendly air about him. I can recall new employees marveling that they ran into Fred walking around the building, greeting people and seeing how they were doing. They had not experienced that sort of personal management before. You could always share a joke with Fred, or he'd share one with you. Fred NEVER "pulled rank" on us telling us what to cover, he may have inquired about a story but didn't tell us not to cover it or to "drop" it. It was an honor and pleasure to work with him and an even bigger honor to have him for a friend!

Bill Edwards, Savannah , Ga

Uncle Fred had a special role. Not being my father, Uncle Fred was my friend and a supporter in a different way than anyone else in my life as a relative, a companion and mentor; one of the few people able to be all of these. His passion was his career and he dedicated his life to being the best he could be. Even though this is how most of the world saw him, Uncle Fred and I had a different relationship. I remember when I was a child he would visit our family and he would always spend time with me. I could tell even at a young age that he really cared about me. The loss, is a particularly hard one however and is filled with the years of happy memories we had, and that special connection that belongs only to uncles. Uncle Fred will forever be my Superman, always. Ann and I extend our deepest condolences to you Aunt Ruth, Scottie and Cyndi. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. Our prayers are with you all during this time. Love You Al

Al and Ann Folsom, Eastland , Tx

I enjoyed knowing Fred both as a student at GTC and also as part of our 1950's/60's Alumni and T-Club/Lettermen groups. Still enjoy watching tapes made of our reunions and Fred playing golf. My thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and the family. Keep those happy memeories in your heart always. They help heal the sadness we feel so deeply now. With love to all of you, Jackie

Jackie Mikell Yates, Statesboro, GA

I met Fred in the 1960's when he was at WTOC and played basketball at the JEA. He was a fine person. Last week I thought about calling Fred since we had no contact for a long time. (I am curious why he was at Hospice.)

Stanley Harris, Jr, Savannah,

Mrs. Pierce was my 1st grade teacher at Savannah Christian and I knew Scott growing up. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he was a good man. God bless in the days ahead.

Timothy & Karen Smith, Pooler, GA

We shared many fond memories from our days at GTC. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty Ruth and the family.

Bette & Buddy Ward, Jacksonville, FL

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Wayne Gay — Georgia

Our deepest condolences to the Pierce family. Fred was a good man and he will be deeply missed. Our prayers go out to all of you at this sad time. God bless you.

Marilyn Florie @ Nancy Rowland, Savannah , Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Marilyn Florie @ Nancy Rowland — Georgia

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put an end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

Fred will be missed by everyone that knew him. I miss the talks we used to have. Rest in peace, my friend.

PAULSON , Savannah , Ga

May the family find comfort from the scriptures that tell us death will soon be gone (Isa. 25:8, 1 Cor. 15:26). May you find the comfort from these scriptures an more an also part to our Father in heaven to cope.

Kay F , Savannah , Ga

My condolences to family and friends. During this most difficult time, please find comfort in your pleasant memories of your loved one. Also comforting is the hope of the resurrection held out in the scriptures. Daniel 12:2 says that many asleep will wake up.

D K, ,

Scott, I am sorry to read about your Dad. Fred was a wonderful person and the best Manager I have ever worked for. He cared for every person the worked at WJCL. His interest in his staff and the station was second to none. I am proud to call him a friend.

Fred & Shannon Wagoner, West Palm Beach, Florida

Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Luckett, Savannah, GA

May God sustain you at this time of such great loss (2 Cor 1:3 )

Dorothy., Dacula ,


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