Joyce Knight Baldwin Garris

Published 10:07 am Thursday, January 24, 2019

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Joyce Knight Baldwin Garris on January 22, 2019.

Joyce Knight Baldwin Garris

She was a loving, devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched. When she loved you, she loved you with all her heart. She left us while sleeping peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Farmville, Virginia on March 10, 1938. She witnessed a world of great changes during her life.

During the time of the Korean War in 1955, she met her loving husband and best friend, James B. Garris. They married in February of 1956 in Farmville and made their lives together there for over 62 years. She was the loyal, loving and steadfast mother of Loretta Gant, Janet Pembelton (Ronnie) and Chris Garris, proud grandmother of Lee Garris and Stephanie Zukowski and equally proud great-grandmother to Abby Zukowski, Emma Garris and Ava Garris.

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She was predeceased in death by her parents, Willie D. Baldwin and Rosa B. Baldwin, her son Christopher B. Garris, her sisters; Mary Baldwin, Judy Nelson, Cora Combs, Mabel Payne, Mary Speas and her brothers; George Baldwin, Clarence Baldwin and Jay Baldwin. Joyce lived a full life as a wonderful mother, homemaker and she worked in retail for 20 years. She loved her family and spending time with them was her greatest joy in life. It was always an understanding that every Sunday was not just a church day, but a family day, good meals and great times for celebrating the love and constant devotion she had for family.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Puckett Funeral Home with interment to follow in Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery. Family received friends on Thursday, January 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Puckett Funeral Home. Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family.