“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to breakdown and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
On Monday, June 8, 2020, the Lord allowed his ship of Zion to sail by Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Natchitoches, Louisiana and one of His soldiers stepped on board at 9:15 AM. Dea. Willie Piece, Sr., crossed over very peacefully with his daughters Mary Davis and Margie Sowell by his bedside.
Dea. Willie Piece Sr., was born December 3, 1919 in Melrose, Louisiana to Antoine and Rosa Peace. He confessed Christ at an early age under the leadership of Elder George Johnson at St. Matthew Baptist Church, Melrose, Louisiana. He was a faithful and devoted member until his health failed in 2017. He attended school in Melrose, Louisiana, in Natchitoches Parish School System.
He was ordained as a deacon on June 12, 1964. He performed all types of duties: kept the church cleaned, mowed the lawn, made repairs to the church, just to name a few. He visited members and collected their dues every second Saturday.
He became a member of Dawn of Light Lodge #22 on February 23, 1959 and has supported the lodge for over sixty-one years. During his sixty-one years of membership, several master masons appointed him to serve as one of the deacons or chaplain of the lodge. He was a prayer warrior, Past Master Charles Payton said of Dea. Piece.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Sevelia Turner on December 22, 1938. To this union, ten children were born. He was later united in Holy Matrimony to Annie Lee White on January 19, 1974.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antoine and Rosa Peace; four brothers: Rev. Flunney Jackson, Harry Jackson, Leroy Jackson, and Morris Peace; three sisters: Carrie Lee Peace, Mary Lee Peace, and Elvie Jackson; one son, Willie Piece, Jr.; one daughter, Marie Helaire; one great granddaughter, Alicia Piece.
He leaves to cherish his legacy, eight children, Annie Helaire (Jesse), Aaron Piece, Sr. (Ola), Edwin Piece, Sr. (Leona), Margie Sowells (Rufus), Martha Robinson, Mary Davis (Jerome), Gloria Sowell (Luther), Brenda Roberson (Kenneth), son-in-law Atlas Helaire II, daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Betty Piece and Dorothy Piece, two sisters-in-law Edna Brown and JoAnna Burton, special Godson Darryl Burton (Julie), Godchild Denise Williams, 37 Grandchildren, 64 Great Grandchildren, and 38 Great-Great Grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
9:00 – 11:00 AM Walk through Viewing only
Rev. Ail Harris, Jr., Pastor
620 Ben Drive
Natchitoches, LA 71457
St. Matthew B. C. Cemetery
Rev. Leard Robinson, Pastor
Age: 100 years 6 months 5 days
Died at: 9:15 AM
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center