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Reverend Jay Pierce spent his entire life seeking strangers and “robbing churches.” To his last breath, the first one was never found. His presence and his words drew all who met him to share the small secrets tucked away from their common day interactions with others. Always quick with a story, a token of wisdom, a humorous joke, or simply a compassionate touch, he left behind special moments with everyone. Jay preceded his wife, Patti Pierce, and passed away quietly in his sleep on Nov. 27, 2017, at the age of 82. He parted with words of appreciation for his family’s love and the optimistic grace of looking forward to spending more time with his family. We are humbled by his passing. It is with the most intimate blend of sorrow, joy, and peace that we say goodbye, hold our memories close, and pray for Jay’s next grand experience with his Maker. “Peace be with you!” he always celebrated. “And Peace be with you, too, Father Pierce!” You taught us to love large. May we never forget your countless years of work with St. Agnes House, Hospice, the V.A in Lexington, the countless hours of Grief Counseling no matter which state you were living in, your 20 years of Wednesdaynight services at St. Johns’s Episcopal Church, and your most passionate love; your tenacious fund raising, traveling and testimony for Food for the Poor, and finally, in your precious flock at Belmont Village Senior Living where you performed Sunday service, spent many hours on book clubs, Bible Study, chess and playing bridge. You never stopped learning and never stopped giving. May we all pay your gift forward to others to honor your time with us. God Bless. In a beautiful testament to their 47 plus years of marriage, Patricia Peters Pierce quietly passed away surrounded by her children, to be with him on December 12th. Their marriage was a gift to watch and a gift to behold. Jay and Patricia are survived by his four children – Stacey Nickle, Piper Croston, Holly Kirsh and Matthew Henderson – and his ten grandchildren – Trevor, Olivia, Harrison, Julia, Emma, Matthew, Maria, and Isaac, Chad and Sophia. Memorial services for both Patricia and Fr. Pierce will be held on 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Main St., Versailles KY 40383 to celebrate their life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to foodforthepoor.org to honor Jay’s passion and love. In addition, there will be a Memorial service at Belmont Village Senior Living, Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 3 p.m. during their favorite time of the week; Wine and Cheese Wednesdays. J. W. Adkins Funeral Home, Nashville. (Paid obituary)

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