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James "Jimmy" Pierson

1962 ~ 2021 (age 59)


James “Jimmy” Pierson, age 59 of Virginia, died Friday, December 17, 2021 at his home. 

He was born February 20, 1962 in Rushville, the son of Arthur and Linda Hamm Pierson.  

He is survived by three sisters Paula Matthews (husband Terry Comiskey) of Browning, Joyce (husband Brian) Butler of Soldier, IA, and Judy Swan of Beardstown; one brother Leonard Pierson of Browning; 13 nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roscoe Pierson, and a nephew Raymond “RC” Gossage.  

Jimmy attended Browning Grade Schools and Rushville High School. He was a man of many talents. His friends knew him by his nickname Wid, He began working with his father as a commercial fisherman and logger at a young age. He later started a career in construction working with Laborer’s Union #477. After a boating accident, he helped farmers around the Cass County area and found lots of odd and end jobs that allowed him to help others. Wid would sometimes just get in his truck and drive south to vacation, purchase shrimp or to show up and help with disaster relief. He was a likeable guy and a friend to most but wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. He had an ornery side that always ended with a joke. Wid’s fried fish could stand up to the best. His greatest joy was having a cold one with friends and family.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown with Wyatt Sager officiating. Burial will be in the Browning Cemetery. Following the burial in honor of Jimmy please join the family at Caraway Bar in Virginia to continue celebrating his life “Wid style”. The family will meet with friends from 5-7 PM Monday at the memorial home.  

Memorials have been suggested to Colwell Memorial Home. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home. 


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December 20, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618

Funeral Service
December 21, 2021

11:00 AM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618


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