Joyce Ruth Fowler, 86, of Crossville, passed away from this life on Oct. 2, 2017, into eternal life with Christ Jesus. She passed away at the Hospice of Cumberland County, Cumberland House. Viewing and a memorial service will be at Lantana Road Baptist Church on Oct. 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the church. Burial will be at the Crossville City Cemetery after the service.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Charlie and Lena Taylor; brother, Harold; and her husband of 51 years, Virgil W. Fowler.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Teddy (Mona) of Crossville, Edward (Janet) of Cookeville, TN, and Mark (Dawn) of Jensen Beach, FL; six grandchildren, Scott, Jared, Zachery, Erin, Jonathan and Emma; one great grandchild, Elodie; brother, John Taylor of Kettering, OH; and sisters, Norma "June" Moses, Carol Taylor and Cheryl Asberry (John) of Jellico, TN.
Joyce was a coal miner's daughter who was born in 1931, in Bardo, KY. She grew up in Jellico, TN. After graduating Jellico High School, she attended one year at Cumberland College. She then went to Dayton, OH, where she met her husband-to-be, Virgil, at NCR. They were married in 1953. She loved Jesus and was a dedicated and loving housewife and mother.
In later years, Joyce worked for the Lakeland Ledger (car newspaper route with Edward) and as a school crossing guard for the Polk County (Florida) Sheriff's Office. She loved her family, relatives and church friends. She enjoyed cooking and baking; flowers and plants; sewing; yard sales; collecting and rescuing dolls; her beloved pet dog; babies; and helping anyone that was in need. She loved listening to and singing gospel hymns and reading her Bible. She was the proud wife of a WWII U.S. Navy veteran. Joyce will be missed. Her joy and love will not be forgotten. Her legacy will live on.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on October 3, 2017