Pierce, Lovick, Dd
Pierce, Lovick, D.D.
a distinguished minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born in Halifax County, N.C., March 24, 1785. In early childhood he removed with his parents to South Carolina; in 1803 was converted; in 1804 began to preach; and January 1, 1805, entered the South Carolina Conference. In it he served Pedee Circuit; Apalachee Circuit, Georgia; in 1807 Augusta Station; in 1809 was made presiding elder; in 1812, while stationed at Milledgeville, he was drafted to serve as a soldier, but was soon commissioned as chaplain, in which capacity he acted during the war; about that time he studied medicine, and, retiring from the conference, followed its practice for about six years. In 1823 he re-entered the effective ranks, and was stationed at Augusta. From that time he filled the chief appointments. He was a member of the first General Conference, which met in 1812, and was always elected to represent his conference in the General Conferences. He read much and wrote a great deal; was always ready, clear, cogent, coherent, and powerful. He died at the residence of his son, bishop Pierce, in Sparta, Georgia, November 11, 1879. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M.E. Church South, 1879, page 88; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.