William Dame Pierce
Pinellas County Pioneer

     Funeral services for William Dame Pierce, 71, who died yesterday morning from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, will be held Wednesday afternoon. Time and place will be announced later by Alexander’s.
     Mr. Pierce was found by his wife and a servant in the bathroom of their residence, 1105 North Ft Harrison Ave, after they had heard revolver shots. He had been in failing health, which was reported to have become worse since he closed his mercantile store on Cleveland Street last year.
     A pioneer of Clearwater, Mr. Pierce was a member of the board which drew up the first city charter. In later years he developed Crest Lake Park, the city’s newest subdivision.
     After investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, Magistrate R. L. Baker announced the death was suicide and an inquest will not be necessary.
     Mr. Pierce came to Clearwater in 1916 after being in the mercantile business in Kentucky. He married the former Miss Lena Barksdale of Danville, Virginia. He operated a clothing store here for many years. During the boom he was engaged in the real estate business but came back into the business later and sold out again last year.
     He leaves his widow, Mrs. Lena B. Pierce; a daughter, Mrs. Eliza Besuden, Clearwater and a sister, Mrs. Leila Gibson, Durant, Oklahoma.


Source: St. Petersburg Times...3-17-1942
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers

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