Alex Junior Pierre

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Sgt. Alex Junior Pierre, 25, departed this life Friday, July 8, 2022, at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Fairfax, Va.

Born in Fort Myers, Fla., Alex was the son of Jean Murat Pierre and the late Anacia Dieujuste. He was educated in a variety of public schools in his early years, later moving to Accomack County with his father and grandmother. He attended Nandua High School with support from his community, including Thelma “NaNa” Gillespie, his foster mother. He graduated in June 2016.

Alex was baptized in the Christian faith as a child. In his teens, he attended the fellowship known today as Foundation of Faith Ministries.

Alex earned an associate degree from Barton Community College in Kansas. He was finishing a degree in criminal justice at the time of his passing, and was posthumously awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from American Military University.

Alex joined the military in August 2016. He completed basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Alex trained as a 35F Intelligence Analyst. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., and later at Fort Eustis, Va. The family recently moved to Odenton, Md.

Alex was a proud husband and father, a hard-working and reliable soldier who was always willing to help. Known for his sense of humor, his expert cooking skills, and for his deep commitment to his family, Alex built a life of love and a legacy of service.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Nandua High School in Onley. There will be a noon viewing and a 1 p.m. service. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shannon Pierre; sons, Kyleo Pettit and DaReese Pierre; foster mother, Thelma “NaNa” Gillespie; father, Jean Pierre; grandmother, Mama Ta; mother-in-law, Carolyn Sturgis; father-in-law, Danny Savage Sr.; and a host of sisters, brothers, inlaws, nieces, nephews, and fellow soldiers stationed around the world.

Arrangements are by the Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac.

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