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Michael "Mike" H. Pierce

Michael "Mike" H. Pierce
  • October 24, 1942 - July 14, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • First United Methodist Church
    12 21st Avenue
    Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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“Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Pierce will remain a beloved part of the MUSC Family. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: The dean, faculty, staff and students MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine - SC

“Mike had this rare combination of practicality, curiosity, joviality, and playfulness. As his nephew, I always looked up to him during those family...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Ethan Herr - Family

“Carol, do you think Mike and Foster are talking cats and model trains? Thinking of you. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Dolly Berkheimer

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 25 | Posted by: SHIRLEY BARBARA JONES

“we loved his exploring nature encompassing his many hobbies. His calm nature will be missed by us. All of our love and prayers will be with him. Love...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Dr and Mrs Richard H Albright. Jr

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Pierce's passing. I enjoyed having him as an orthodontist. He was a nice man!!!! ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Katherine Poulnot - SC

“I was saddened to hear of Dr. Pierce's passing. I was an adult patient of his for two and half years. He was a very special person and a very...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Jean Holst - Mt Pleasant, SC

“e are so sorry to hear the news about Mike. We lived right around the corner from Mike and Carol back in the 70's on Isle of Palms. Went to several...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Carl & Connie Meynardie - Friend

“Dear Tami and family, so sorry to learn of your Dads passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Godspeed Billy...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Billy Condon - Classmate

“Carol - Billy and I both were so very sorry to hear about Mike. We have you in our prayers. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: becky jones - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I'm so very sorry Tami. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Diane Pauldine - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Carol, I thought so much of Mike. He leaves so many wonderful memories with his Isle of Palms friends, including me. He will be greatly missed by...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Sally Norris - Friend

“I send my deepest sympathy to Mikes family. He was a true gentleman and always had a welcoming smile. I admired his kindness and his love for his...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Fred Gunter - Friend

“To all of the Pierce family: I want you to know how fond I was of Dr Mike. Please know that he and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Kathryn Santos Cowart

“So sorry for this loss. My husband and I have fond memories of Dr. Pierce. ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Edward & Jennifer (Bayliss) Parker

“Carol, we were so sorry to learn of Mikes passing. Although we only knew him these last few years, we always enjoyed talking to him, and counted on...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Susan & George Page - Friend

“Carol, Tami and Tim, I have known, loved, worked with, flown with, sailed with and enjoyed Mike for over 47 years. He has always been a friend...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Stephen Michel - Friend

“Tami and Brad, Were very sorry for your loss. What a great life he lived. I hope the wonderful memories will always serve as a comfort to you both...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss Tami. Tim and Mrs Pierce. Prayers for your familiesMichelle Wellmon Waterbury ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Michelle Waterbury(Wellmon) - SC

“I am saddened to learn of Dr. Pierce's passing. He was a smart, kind, and caring person. As a younger dentist moving to Mount Pleasant 30 years ago...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Ken Barrack - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Hugs and squeezes to his family, for he will be sorely missed. He is VERY impressive on paper, but anyone who knew him.......and there are SOOOOO...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Melissa Mangindin - Family

“Loved & admired Dr Pierce & he will surely be missed by many. May God continue to bless you Carol, children & grandchildren ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Marie Vincent Condon - Neighbor

“Our deepest sympathy, Carol -- our prayers are with you.Boyd & Liz Loadholt ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Boyd & Liz Loadholt - SC

“Thinking if you all as you mourn the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather.What an amazing life Mike lead, and wonderful family he...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Russell Park - Friend

“Thinking if you all as you mourn the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather.What an amazing life Mike lead, and wonderful family he...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Russell Park - Friend


Michael "Mike" H. Pierce of Mount Pleasant, South Caroline, husband of Carol Ann Pierce entered in to eternal rest on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020.

Mike was born October 24, 1942 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, son of late Herbert Richwine Pierce and the late Dorothy Wenger Pierce. It was at Conestoga Valley High School that he met his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann Herr Pierce, whom he later married. He enrolled in Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania where he studied Biochemistry and played on the tennis and golf teams. Following an early acceptance to Temple Dental School, he and Carol moved to Philadelphia. While at Temple he joined the Naval ROTC program. Upon graduation from Temple Dental School, the Navy assigned him to Naval Air Station in Brunswick where they resided on St Simon Island, GA and Mike worked as a Naval dentist. In his spare time he earned his pilot's license. He continued to serve his country in the Navy and Naval Reserves with the Sea Bees for twelve years. He ultimately retired after achieving the rank of Commander.

It was during the summer of 1969 when Mike was offered a teaching position at the Medical University of South Carolina. This move brought them to the Isle of Palms where they lived for the next 46 years. Mike started teaching full time at the Medical University of SC School of Dentistry and continued to teach part time for thirty years. While teaching at MUSC he earned his Masters of Teaching degree at The Citadel. Shortly thereafter Mike was accepted to Temple University Orthodontic Residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After completing orthodontic school, they moved back to the Isle of Palms where Mike established Mt. Pleasant's first orthodontic practice. He practiced orthodontics for almost forty years while his son, Tim Pierce, joined him for thirteen years until he retired. At the request of a good friend and colleague, he also practiced in Moncks Corner one day a week for many years.

Not being a fan of the drinking water on the IOP in the mid 70's, he established a side business, Carolina Mountain Water. It became South Carolina's first licensed water bottling company in 1978.

He loved the many family dogs, but especially loved his German Wired Hair Pointers which he trained for field trials. With the love of his life, Carol, he enjoyed many decades of playing tennis and golf. A lifelong love of fast cars placed him racing in the S.C.C.A. (Sport Car Club of America) where he became a D-Sport Champion. With his family by his side, he enjoyed many ski trips, domestic and international travels. He was a sportsman and conservationist and enthusiast with many interesting hobbies, as well as being a member of Woodsville Sportsman Society. He took great pride in returning farmland into its original habitat and establishing a conservation easement in a property he co-owned in Clarendon County that he affectionately called Pocataligo. Mike was known as an orthodontist, but he was also a race car driver, a pilot, a hunter, a boater and a sailing enthusiast, a professor, a conservationist, a veteran, a lover of the arts- especially Audubon art, a fanatical Philadelphia Eagles fan, and a wonderful father, grandfather, and husband. His interests and education were wide and varied. After retirement Mike and Carol moved to the Old Village, Mt Pleasant SC where they continued to enjoy life. It was in these years, Mike also enjoyed volunteering on the USS Yorktown.

In May, Carol and Mike celebrated fifty-six years of marriage. He is survived by his wife Carol; two children, Tami Pierce Beall (Brad) of Greenville, SC, and Tim Pierce (Daphne) of Isle of Palms; and four grandchildren Sophia Beall, Sydney Beall, Owen Pierce and Derek Pierce. Due to Covid-19 the service and inurnment at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to be made to the Charleston Animal Society - www.charlestonanimalsociety.org , 2455 Remount Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406 -or- First United Methodist Church Isle of Palms at www.iopmethodist.com - PO Box 807, Isle of Palms, SC