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Golf tourney at Texas university raises money in memory of beloved Roswellian

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Roswell resident Fawn Alcorn-Pierce, left, with McMurry University volleyball coach Cammie Petree. (Submitted Photo)

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Roswell resident Fawn Alcorn-Pierce recently returned from Abilene, Texas, where McMurry University held a major fundraiser, the Jimmy Lee Pierce Memorial Golf Tournament, that benefited the school’s athletic department.

Pierce was Alcorn-Pierce’s late husband who passed away unexpectedly in 2007 at the age of 54. Pierce received his degree at McMurry in the spring of 1977.

While attending McMurry, Pierce was very involved with the university and continued with that dedication until his death.

Though he wasn’t a student-athlete, he was a cheerleader and enjoyed athletics.

Pierce was a Roswell native and was an independent petroleum landman with his company, Trinity Resources of Roswell. His mother, Lynn McElvaney, worked for Robert Beck, the former publisher of the Roswell Daily Record.

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A close friend of Pierce, Roswell attorney Phil Brewer, also attended McMurry and was an active alumni as well. Brewer was the driving force behind this golf tournament honoring Pierce’s work and devotion to McMurry. Brewer died unexpectedly in 2015.

However, through the hard work and dedication of Sam Ferguson, McMurry athletic director, and the various coaches, the tournament continues and just celebrated its eighth year.

Alcorn-Pierce’s brothers, Dennis and David Alcorn, also attended McMurry University, along with many other Roswell high school graduates.

Alcorn-Pierce said she was honored to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor for “exceptional support of McMurry University Athletics” in 2016. She added that this was a privilege, because unlike her brothers and late husband, she never attended McMurry.