Raymond Mayo Pierson

08/22/1932 –

 06/04/2020

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  • Memorial Service
Date: 06/29/2020
Time: 11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm

Obituary

Raymond “Ray” Mayo Pierson, Jr. passed away on June 4, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. Memorial services will be at the First Baptist Church in Stroud, OK, on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 11 am with Pastor James Bond officiating. You are invited to view his life tribute and sign a virtual guestbook where you may also share memories and expressions of sympathy.

Ray Pierson was born in Asher, Oklahoma in 1932. He graduated from high school in Stroud, Oklahoma, in 1950, was an outstanding athlete and excelled in all sports. He married Bertie Kinchen in 1950 in Stroud, and they had five children together. They divorced in 1972, and in 1973, Ray married Marie Dykes.

Ray worked for Shell Oil Company for 37 years. When he retired in 1992, he was in charge of all of Shell’s production in West Texas. Ray spent most of his adult life in West Texas. He was an active member of churches in the cities he lived in.

His hobbies included woodworking, square dancing, military vehicle restoration, and the CAF. Ray restored over 20 military vehicles and had a particular fondness for WW2 era jeeps and ambulances. Ray was the Executive Director of the B-29 tour for FIFI for eight years. He also was actively involved in the Odessa CAF Desert Squadron. He served as a squadron leader or finance officer for nearly two decades.

Ray was also an avid pilot and enjoyed encouraging others to learn to fly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Susan Coleman and Irma Howard; as well as both spouses; and two children, Richard and Terry Pierson.

His survivors include his sister, Betty Brauer of Prague, Oklahoma; son, Larry (Sherry) Pierson of Lubbock, Texas; daughter, Linda (Jimmy) Scott of Owasso, Oklahoma; daughter, Peggy (Tom) Greiner of Owasso, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Penny Pierson of The Colony, Texas; step-son, Tom (Kay) Dykes of Dallas, Texas; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Memorials

The family of Ray Pierson has designated one of his favorite organizations, the CAF Desert Squadron, P.O. Box 13112, Odessa, Texas 79768 or online at https://commemorativeairforce.org/pages/Support-the-CAF for memorial contributions donated in his memory.

Condolences

3 thoughts on “Raymond Mayo Pierson”

  1. Carol and I are very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a loved neighbor and a good friend. We had many great times with Ray on our porch and in our home. He was a great buddy, loved working with him,flying with him and just hanging out. He was special and we miss him.
    Coleman and Carol Smith

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