Joyce Wilder Whitley, 90, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening surrounded by her family. She was born in Nash County, daughter of the late Clifton T. and Lillian Morgan Wilder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd A. Whitley, son, Ronnie Floyd Whitley, grandsons, Chris Whitley, Peter and Paul Murray and Kevin Whitley; great-grandson, Eric Kyles; sisters, Juanita Parker and Dot Strickland and a brother, Rotchie Wilder.
Joyce was a loving wife of 70 years, a devoted mother and grandmother to all. She was a farmer’s wife, who also helped in the fields and provided for her family as a great homemaker. She was a faithful member of Middlesex Church of God. Joyce was a Godly Christian woman; who loved the Lord and was praising him until He called her home. She was loved by all and will be missed by many.
The family will receive friends Monday evening, August 17, from 5:30 to 7:15 pm, followed by a service of celebration at 7:30 at Middlesex Church of God Worship Center, NC Hwy 231, Middlesex. Graveside service will be held 11 am Tuesday, August 18, at Oakdale Cemetery in Spring Hope.
She is survived by her loving family, children and spouses, daughter-in-law, JoAnne Whitley; Steve and Brenda Whitley; Brenda and Tim Stallings; Dennis and Annette Whitley; Glynn and Wanda Whitley; Hope and Roger Murray; grandchildren and spouses, Lee and Pam Whitley; Adam and Ginger Whitley; Jamie Whitley; Rhonda and Wayne Mace; Sherrie Gayle and Wayne Waddell; Tracy and Amber Stallings; Amanda and Robert Kyles; Joyce and Stuart Ellington; Hal Whitley; Tiffany Whitley; Gwen and Jason Richardson; Tabatha and Vince Strickland; Kris and Regina Rooker; great-grandchildren, Tyler Whitley; Lauren and Logan Waddell; Ashlee and Robert Sutton; Kaylyn and Logan Whitley; Stacey, Tory, and Keith Whitley; Elizabeth and Brian Killian; Dillon, Brittany, and Cayman Stallings; Cierra and Andrew Viverette; Joci Kyles; Gregory, Corey, and Rebecca Ellington; Davis, Makenzie, and Morgan Strickland; Peyton Richardson; Peyton and Mialei Rooker; great-great grandchildren; Mallory and Madilyn Sutton; Merissa Killian; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Lois Wilder; Jimmy and Fannie Ray Wilder; numerous nieces and nephews.
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A special thanks to the caring staff of Autumn Care of Nashville.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Golden Girls Ministry, PO Box 575, Middlesex, NC 27557.
The family will be at the home of Tim and Brenda Stallings, 13547 Old Raleigh Wilson Road., Middlesex, NC 27557.
Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg. www.stricklandfuneralhome.net