Joyce Spivey Byrum

August 1, 2012


AHOSKIE – Joyce Spivey Byrum, age 72, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Byrum was born in Hertford County on August 30, 1939, a daughter of the late Ruth Mullen and Alvah Theodore Spivey. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Joyce worked side-by-side with her husband for more than 40 years in their family business; and was a devoted wife, mother, and ‘GaGa’. She will truly be missed by all.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, A. T. Byrum, Jr. of the home; two sons, Trey Byrum and wife, Harriet, and Al Byrum and wife, Carmen, all of Ahoskie; a sister, JoAnn Herring and husband, Gene of Suffolk, VA; and two granddaughters, Avery Byrum and Allie Byrum.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, with the Rev. Richard Rice officiating. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home.

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Debbie Fairless
11 years ago

Good Times will never be forgotten….I will miss you, girlfriend….Debbie

Marcus Nunez
11 years ago

I will miss visiting and staying with Joyce. She was so fun to be with. She was very nice to me and she always made me laugh. I liked her stories about Joann and Grandma Ruth. I know she is in heaven and not suffering any more.

Fran Overton
11 years ago

A.T. & family

So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She will be missed by all. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Stella Burgess Boone
11 years ago

Dear A. T. and all of the family: Joyce was my school bus mate (always) for nearly the whole twelve grades. She was a mighty good person, and I believe she is in heaven right now, seeing my tears that are falling down my cheeks. My sympathy to all of you. Love, Stella

Thelma Copeland McCreight
11 years ago

AT and family, so sorry to read of the homegoing of Joyce. All of you are in my prayers.

Elaine & Ronny Ray
11 years ago

A.T. We were so saddened to hear from Mother that Joyce had passed away. My Mom, Grace Sumner and Dad Victor thought the world of you and Joyce. She will be missed by many. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Ronny & Elaine S Ray

Shane Early
11 years ago

I am very sorry for your loss.

Wesley & Jean Jones
11 years ago

What a ray of sunshine anytime we were in Joyce’s presence. Joyce loved telling us stories of her childhood while growing up in our little village. Your family is in our prayers.

Richard Jernigan
11 years ago

To A.T.,Tray & Al, I know what you have lost is not replaceable but Joyce loved every one in her family as they did her. God will give you the strength to go on with your lives. I have always admired Joyce and enjoyed talking with her every time I went by the office. I will miss her smiles and her laughter also. May God be with each of you and bless you in this time in your life.

Pamela Witt
11 years ago


You have been a very loving and devoted sister to Joyce all of your life. She was so lucky to have you as you were to have her. I would like you and all of Joyce’s family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. There is not much in life that is harder than losing someone you love so much even when you know they are now in a better place and not suffering. Even though I was not lucky enough to meet Joyce but there are many of us that knew her through you. I have never seen such a devoted sister that talked about her sister with the love and kindness that you did. Just want you to know that I love you and think the entire world of you. You are my hero and I wish I had a sister like you.


Pamela Witt, RN,BSN Director of Clinical Services Western Tidewater Free Clinic