Joyce Rawls Williams

March 1, 1942 - May 11, 2020

03/01/1942 - 05/11/2020

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Wednesday May 13, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Additional Information:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, family and friends may pay their respects and sign the register book.

Thursday May 14, 2020
11:00 am

AHOSKIE, NC – Joyce Rawls Williams, 78, of Ahoskie, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the Vidant Inpatient Hospice of Greenville, NC.

Joyce was born in Northampton County on March 1, 1942 in George, NC to the late Estelle and Ernest Rawls.  She was a long time faithful and dedicated member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  She loved family gatherings as well as vacationing with her family.  She often reminisced by telling stories of places they visited together.  Joyce worked as a Secretary for Georgia Pacific.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Roger Vann Williams; sister, Viola Rawls Glover and brother-in-law, David Glover.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted brother, Ernest Stanton Rawls of Rich Square NC; two sisters-in-law, Fannie W. Casper of Millennium, NC and Ann W. Lincoln of Charlotte, NC along with several nieces and nephews.

Due to the circumstances with COVID-19 restrictions, family and friends may pay their respects and sign the register book on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel, Ahoskie, NC.

A special thanks to Dr. Tae Joon Lee and all the staff of the Hospice House for their abundant love and care.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 11:00 am at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Rich Square, NC, with Rev. Mickey Willard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 221 Pleasant Grove Road, Aulander, NC 27805 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Williams family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Krista Oakes
3 years ago

My aunt Joyce was a wonderful woman. She was a loving wife, wonderful aunt and loved God. She thought of me as her own. She never had children but I believe I was one of her kids. I knew her since I was a baby. She has been there for till this day. I will miss all our talks, visits at her house and talking about our favorite team Duke. She is with the Lord and her favorite person Uncle Teeny, her Roger. I’m thankful for all the influence she had on my life and what she meant to me. She will never be forgotten. I love you Aunt Joyce.

Kay and Ronald Edwards
3 years ago

Our deepest sympathy to Joyce’s family. She was a kind, loving person. We always enjoyed talking with her. May God grant you peace, comfort and rest in the coming days. God bless.

Jennifer Williams
3 years ago

Aunt and her niece.

How grateful I am for the bond we always shared. Through every milestone in life’s journey. I cherish those precious moments that you were there. A woman who made a thumb print on my life. Even at a young age I remember you teaching me the names of the disciples of the Bible. Many times when I would visit gospel music would be playing throughout the home. You lived a life of love. You showed laughter was the best medicine. Loved hearing you tell the funny stories of life events when we catched up from last visit. Walking through your door of your house and sitting on the couch. Spending time was one of my favorite things. The family time I so loved. But now things are changing once again. I can’t walk through those doors and see your big smile and get that warm hug. I can pretend to hear your voice but it isn’t the same. My heart is hurting here on this earth. I know though we are not of this world and we belong to God. He has prepared a place for his loved ones and I know you will be there. I know you will be reunited with the love of your life and see your sister and mother who you have loved and missed. I will cherish your memory till we meet again. Your memory will walk by me everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.
I will miss you Aunt Joyce

Betty Corum
3 years ago

I have often said God picked such a wonderful family for me to be born into. I can also say that my Uncle “Teeny” picked a wonderful wife. She was nothing but love and kindness. Without children of her own she showered her neices and nephews with her love which continued on to the children that we have had. She gave of herself in so many ways. The name Joy certainly fit. We love you and Joyce and will miss you dearly. If you haven’t found Uncle “Teeny” yet, look on the golf course.