Joyce Sanders Smithson



Swansboro and Rocky Mount- Joyce S. Smithson, 82, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side, Monday, August 28, 2017. She was born August 13, 1935, in Lowndes County, MS, daughter of the late, Samuel Felton and Oweoita Lee McCullough Sanders.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 2:00PM at First Baptist Church of Swansboro with Dr. Larry Harper officiating. Burial will follow at the Ward Cemetery in Swansboro. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Joyce worked with her husband at Smithson, Inc in Rocky Mount as the bookkeeper. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount and then upon moving to Swansboro became a member of First Baptist Church of Swansboro. She loved spending time with her family especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Joyce is survived by husband, E. G. Smithson of the home; daughters, Suzanne Smithson of Swansboro and Nancy Karen Winstead (Richard Hugh) of Nashville; grandchildren, Rachel Ricks Ellis (Chad Harper) of Wilson and Rebecca Elizabeth Winstead (James Blackmer) of Nashville; great grandchildren, Taylor Leanne Ricks, Addison Sophia Ricks, Sterling Richard Blackmer, Savannah Ellis, Zackery Ellis, and Madelyn Ellis; sisters, Samlee Jane Armitage of New York, NY and Beth Lowenthal of Walterboro, SC.
She was preceded in death by sister, Evelyn Aldridge.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 614 W. Corbett Ave, Swansboro NC 28584 or to the charity of one’s choice.