HEATH Joyce Evelyn Hunt June 7, 1935 April 16, 2019 Joyce Evelyn Hunt Heath, 83 years, beloved widow, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, went to her heavenly Father's home on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. She joined those who went before her husband, Charles Walter Heath; her parents, Evelyn and George Hunt; sisters, Angelina H. Naff, Bonnie H. Ciccone, Reba H. Taylor, Edith H. Barnhart; brothers-in-law, Peter C. Snyder, Wesley Naff; and nephew, Jeffery O. Taylor. She is survived by her children, Margie Heath Richardson Dodd (Danny Whitmore), Fayth Heath (Thomas Esker), C. Walter Heath (Debra Heath) and Frances Bedwell; grandchildren, Jonathan E. Brown, Lindsey Richardson (Brandon Wakeman) Daniel H. Brown (Ashley and their children Eleanora and Edris), Joe Bailey (Macee), Walter Krae Heath (Colleen), Paige Evelyn Bedwell, Maegan Deibler (Camm and their children Turner and Wells), Ashlee Wilburn (Dave and their children Charlotte and Henry), former daughter-in-law, Vickie King and many who called her "Mama Heath" or "Granny." She is survived as well as by her sister, Georgia Anne Snyder Falkinham (Joe); brothers, George E. Hunt (Anne) and Charles S. Hunt (Sandy); brothers-in-law, Alvin Ciccone and Richard Barnhart and a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Native of Franklin County. Joyce was one of the sweetest, most thoughtful and selfless people one could have the privilege of knowing. She always found something kind to say to all who crossed her path. Joyce lived her life as full as possible through her church, volunteering, employment, and most of all her family. She was the first person many called when help was needed to care for a loved one. She was an advocate for the handicapped and disabled. She always had a smile and a hug for anyone who needed one. Joyce was a giver. As a young teen, Joyce helped her family clear land and build a homeplace on the family farm in Burnt Chimney. Even as a student, Joyce was a leader earning accolades and awards at Franklin County High School as a cheerleader and even State President of the Future Homemakers of America. Joyce was the most outgoing, caring and giving person many have ever known. She dedicated her life to making life better for others. Whether by sharing a smile, a hug, a listening ear, wise counsel or just a moment or two of her time, she was always willing. Joyce was a life-long learner, who chose to improve her education through night classes when her children were young to better assist them in their own educational pursuits. She continued to challenge herself to learn new skills, becoming a master seamstress/tailor, a time-study engineer/tech for Kenrose Manufacturing and a multitude of training courses through the Virginia Tech Extension Service. Joyce was honored as Roanoke Valley Mother of the Year (Family Life) in 1974. She was a Channel 7 Hometown Hero in 1990. Both honors were granted because of her years of dedication to her family, their schools, the church, the community and the surrounding towns. Her volunteer activities included: 18-year Girl Scout Leader at Thrasher UMC, started Neighborhood Watch in Mt. Pleasant, Charter Member of Mt. Pleasant Lioness Club, volunteer for Special Olympics and more. Joyce volunteered as a 4-H Leader helping to establish clubs across the Roanoke Valley and volunteering at the summer camp at the W.E.Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake which garnered her another honorarium with the dedication of the Heath Education Lab at the Skelton Center. A tragic accident left Joyce's beloved Charles comatose for 4 years preceding his death in 1993 and she cared for him at home with all the loving dedication imaginable. Joyce was veteran caregiver having been on hand to assist several disabled family members for much of her life. Joyce spent her last working years at The Virginia Veteran's Care Center in Salem, where she was the Activities Director in the memory care wing. She inspired the veterans to relive their youth with music and dancing from by-gone eras. Joyce decorated the social hall with seasonal and patriotic displays. She organized hallway parades for the veterans and most importantly of all, she insured that the WWII veterans were escorted to the grand opening ceremonies at the Bedford D-Day Memorial. Joyce's cheerfulness and helpfulness did not end when a stroke and developing dementia took her independence in 2011. Instead, she became an advocate for the patients at Raleigh Court who were struggling more than she. She always had a kind word for fellow residents and for staff and quickly became "Granny" to them all. All who knew her, knew that they were loved. Rest in peace, Joyce. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2019 at Thrasher United Methodist Church. Pastors Robert Stutes and B. Failes will officiate and interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake to support summer camp for youth. Please make your check payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation SML, fund #881706, and mail to the Skelton 4-H Center at 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, Va. 24184. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.


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