"Come unto me, all ye labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"\n Matthew 11:28\n\nWillie "Duke" Pierce entered eternal rest at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the age of 68. He was a native of Edgard, LA. \n\nWillie enjoyed the little things in life, such as conversing with his family and friends, telling jokes, and talking about sports. He was an avid sports fan. Even though he watched a pyramid of sports, his football was his favorite. His prideful moments were attending Hahnville High School football games to watch his son play. He would sporadically attend football and baseball games at Nicholls State University where his son Kendall played. If anyone could win over his heart, it was the children in his family. \n\nWhile residing in Laplace, LA, Willie could often be found at Walmart talking to many, earning the faux title "Walmart Greeter". Later, when he moved back to Edgard, he reclaimed his title as "Head of Security" at Club Grocery also known as Baby Store. Willie lived life to the fullest. He learned that little things in life were what made big things happen, treasured memories. \n\nWillie is survived by his children Kendall (Tamara) Joseph, Seameka Joseph and Willie Turner, grandchildren Ra'Quan Joseph, Kermon Washington and Kaleigh Joseph, siblings Marjorie P. Davis, Sandra P. Lewis, Theresa P. Borne, Flora M. Pierce and Alice (Larry) Edwards, godchildren Tango M. Lewis and Jaylan M. Pierce, aunt Annette Larks, sisters-in-law Eula Pierce and Joyce Pierce, former spouse Emelda Pierce, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He is also survived by his Walmart and Club Grocery crews, a devoted cousin Kim Morris, and his Mayflower comrades Milton Batiste and Bernard Jarrow, Jr. Willie will be greatly missed by his family and friends.\n\nWillie is preceded in death by his parents Rosanna Victor Pierce and Elijah Pierce, grandparents: Jeanne Samuel Victor and Ellis Victor, sister Julia Pierce, brothers Emile, Warren and Walter Pierce, brothers-in-law Louis Davis, Sr., Gerald Lewis and Lloyd Borne, Sr., and nephews Terry Pierce and Louis Davis, Jr.\n\nSpecial thanks to the staff at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Cardiology Unit, LVAD Team and Heart of Hospice for their dedication and compassion that was bestowed upon our loved one.\n\nA public viewing will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Final care entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services 315 E Airline Hwy, Gramercy, LA 70052. Interment at ST. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery.\n\nTo share condolences and thoughts, and to sign guest book, please visit: www.treasurefunerals.com\n\n"When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a TREASURE!"