JAMES A. PIERSON - Akron, Ohio

James A. Pierson, 16, is asleep in Jesus on Aug. 8, 2001.

Born in Akron, he was a student at Mogadore High School. James was a one-of-a-kind person who loved the Lord. He was a member of the Lighthouse Gospel Church, where he served as an usher. He was very active in the Youth Department, and was a caring and loving friend and an inspiration to all. Our lives will be empty and hollow without him.

Preceded in death by his niece, Amythest Long, and grandfathers, Robert Pierson and Lambert Starcher, he is survived by his Mom and Dad, Delsie and Robert Pierson; sister, Ruby (David) Long; grandmothers, Virginia Pierson and Ruby Starcher; niece, Emerald Long; nephew, Joshua Long; godfathers, Willis Tedrow and Clark Starcher; best buddy and friend for life, James Ridgeway; and many relatives and friends.

Special thanks to Pastor John Keys, Assistant Pastor Bob Allen, and John DeBon and Rev. Clarence McCartney.

Funeral services Friday, 6 p.m., at Eckard-Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel, 760 E. Market St., with Rev. John Keys officiating. Visitation at the funeral home Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Graveside services Saturday, 6 p.m., at Coen Cemetery at Nebo, WV.

The family requests memorial donations to the James A. Pierson Fund c/o Lighthouse Gospel Church, 1131 Massillon Rd., Akron 44306. Eckard-Baldwin Funeral Home & Chapel