Mrs. Sara Watkins Joyce, age 98, of Bell Buckle, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Funeral services will be 3 PM Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Ronald Jackson, Mike Powell, Tracy Vannatta, and Ralph Edwards will officiate, with burial to follow in McElroy Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1 PM until service time Thursday.
She was born May 12, 1914 in Bedford County, to the late Horace M. and Kate McElroy Watkins. Mrs. Joyce retired as Family Planning Coordinator at the Bedford County Health Department. She was a former homemaker and partner, with her husband, in Heather Mist Farm.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover C. Joyce, a daughter, Betty Joyce Powell, a sister, Louise Whitaker, brothers, Sam and Norman Watkins, and son in law, Bobby Vannatta.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Joyce Vannatta, of the Deason Community; grandchildren, Mike Powell, and his wife Kathleen, of Franklin, Kelly Knight, of California, Amy Powell, of Arizona, Sharon Edwards, and her husband Ralph, and Tracy Vannatta, and his wife Teri, all of the Deason Community, and Troy Vannatta, and his wife Elizabeth, of South Pittsburg; great-grandchildren, Jacob Powell, Lilli Powell, Thomas Powell, Kate Knight, Jenna Henderson, and her husband Joshua, Sara Elizabeth Edwards, Drew Vannatta, Tyler Vannatta, Hunter Cook, and his wife Niki, and John Vannatta; great-great-grandchildren, Clark Henderson and Alex Cook.
Memorials may be made to: The Next Step Home, P.O. Box 378, Shelbyville, TN 37160, or Church of Christ Disaster Relief, 410 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37211, 615-833-0888 (disasterreliefeffort.org)
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.