David Pierce, Sr., Retired

Originally from Chamblee, Georgia, David Pierce, Sr., at 87 years young, is full of interesting stories about the rural town of Suwanee long before the parks and trails, Town Center, and the traffic. He is perhaps the most interesting person in Suwanee.


What inspired you or led you to your current career?

I was the first fire chief of the volunteer fire department in Suwanee from 1953-1970, until the county took over. My father was mayor in 1953 when the water system went in. I worked for General Motors from 1954-1960 and then took odd jobs doing carpentry work, and remodeled the C&S Bank in 1968, installing the first instant banker machines. I was married to my wife, Ruby (deceased), for 54 years. In 1981, I began to work for myself and built several houses including my own, where I am currently living. I have always worked hard and enjoyed my work.


What is your favorite restaurant in Suwanee and what do you love there?

Hammerheads. I like their Monday night special and going there with friends.


How long have you worked or lived in Suwanee?

Since 1952, so 67 years!


What has kept you here?

These are my roots.


How big is your family?

I have two siblings, three grown children and six grandkids.


Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Suwanee?

John Herndon, former mayor and city councilman.


If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

Hawaii


What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?

Song of the South at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.


What advice would you give a crowd of people?

Work hard.


What is something on your bucket list?

To build something new or remodel.


If you could take anyone to lunch (dead or alive) who would that be and where would you go?

My father, George Pierce, and I would take him to Red Lobster or Hammerheads.


What is your favorite music? Name some bands that you would like to see.

My favorite is country music. I would like to see Elvis and Johnny Cash.


What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Suwanee?

Pierce’s Corner which was originally purchased for $5,000.


What is your favorite thing about Suwanee?

The people.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Dead! (lots of laughter)


What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

I started many of my days going to Krystal restaurant in Buford with my friends.

Note: David Pierce remains active with day-to-day chores such as cutting his grass and other lots on his street. He maintains a nice swimming pool on his property and drives the neighborhood in his golf cart.

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