Dr. Lawton John Pierre, 68, died in his home in Grenada on September 29, 2011.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Sauteurs Roman Catholic Church in St. Patricks, Grenada, West Indies.
Dr. Pierre was born on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada in 1943 to Joseph and Mabyn Pierre, the only son of six children.
After graduating from Presentation Boys College, he taught school at St. Andrews Anglican Secondary School. At the age of 22, he migrated to the United States to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his bachelor’s of science degree followed by his doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. After completing dental school, he served as Chief of Dentistry at Provident Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Pierre founded Smilerite Oral Healthcare and was President and Clinical Director of the dental practice for 24 years. He retired in 2006 as a very successful and well-respected dentist, serving a diverse community in Baltimore. He was presented with the Lifetime membership in the American Dental Association.
Dr. Pierre enjoyed reading, writing, and teaching. He published a book of poetry, Black Perceptions, A Poetic Journey and a novel, Tears from Home, which were highly sought-after readings. He also contributed articles to several journals and other publishings. Dr. Pierre always took the opportunity to encourage and teach the youth – especially those who were struggling in school. He helped them to discover the endless possibilities of furthering their education.
His one desire was to return home to his Grenadian roots. He was dedicated and committed to the people and the culture of this West Indian island. After 40 years of residing in the United States, Dr. Pierre and his wife, Juanita Pierre, built their home in Bathway, St. Patrick’s, Grenada and remained there until his passing.
Dr. Lawton Pierre was a man of wisdom, compassion, strength and dignity. He was revered and loved by all who knew him. He is a man who will forever be remembered in the hearts of many.
Dr. Pierre is survived by his wife, Juanita Sims-Pierre; two daughters, Dr. Michelle Pierre (Roland) Brooks and Carelle Pierre (Julius) Clark and their mother, Rosemary Pierre; two grandchildren, Olivia Brooks and Roland J. Brooks; five sisters, Kathleen Pierre (Charles) Forrest, Theresa Curl (Gentle) Rennie, Sister Marie Louise Pierre, Verda Bertille Pierre, Yolande Ethlyn (Herbert) Pierre-Spooner; one aunt, Catherine “Teacher Renee” Pierre; three nephews, Newton Rennie, Adrian Rennie and Kelvin Spooner; cousins, Ann Pierre, Rawle (Dorothy) Howard, Les Howard, Hilary Pierre, Joseph Pierre, Louise Pierre, Nixon Pierre, Mandolon Pierre, Modella Pierre, Catherine Pierre, Elizabeth Pierre, and Theolinda Pierre; and other in-laws, Lonnie Williams, Edward Sims, Ola Sims Williams, Ellen Sims Washington, Jackie Sims Wade, and Margie Sims. His family and countless friends in Grenada and around the globe mourn his death.