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Longtime local newsman, Mike Pierce, dies at 56

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
July 7, 2004
Friends remembered Mike Pierce on Monday as a gentle, talented, modest giant who loved humor, music and Mardi Gras.
Pierce, 56, a longtime radio news broadcaster, died at 5:40 a.m. Monday at Heartfelt Hospice in Alliance Health Center.
Pierce retired last year as news director of radio station WMOX-AM after nearly 10 years of service. Before that, he was news director of radio station WJDQ-FM.
Born in Philadelphia, Pierce moved to Meridian in 1962. Eddie Smith, owner of WMOX, said Pierce, who fought lung cancer for about a year, was part of the WMOX family.
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home.
Pierce's friend, Al Brown, co-owner of WZKR-FM, said the longtime radio newsman had a refreshing approach to his newscasts.
Pierce also wrote. He contributed columns to The Meridian Star, and wrote a book called, "Three Pair of Shorts." He also loved music and celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans every year.
Musician, songwriter and longtime friend George Soul took Pierce with him to a recording session in Nashville, Tenn., in February. Soul said Pierce never met a stranger and that he had a great attitude in spite of his illness.
Former television and radio newsperson Lisa Kitrell said she knew Pierce for 20 years. She called him a "dear friend" and a Southern gentleman.

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