Joyce Warnock

Obituary of Joyce Warnock

Manchester - Joyce Lee (Davis) Warnock, 91, went to be with her Lord Monday, February 26, 2018.  She was born January 5, 1927, the second of four daughters in the family of Julius and Lillian Davis in Atlanta, GA.  Her family moved often in the early years as Julius found work with Atlantic Coastline Railroad.  They settled long enough in Miami that she went to school at Miami Jackson High, graduating Valedictorian at age 16 in 1943, and met the love of her life, William LeRoy Warnock (Bill).

After a short working career, Joyce and Bill married on March 5, 1944, and started their family which would grow to include three sons:  Rev. Douglas W Warnock, Rev. W. Thomas Warnock, and Lt Col-select Ted W. Warnock, USAF(Retired), Ph.D.  Joyce was skilled in many areas of Home Economics and kept her family clothed, fed and warm in her love for each of them.  Usually she was the first up and the last to sleep. 

Church was important to them and they took the boys to church with them, had daily prayer in the home, and often had daily Bible readings.  They taught children's Sunday School, organized and operated the library and media center at North Hialeah Baptist Church, and Joyce was very active in the Woman's Missionary Union.  Although their roles changed over the years, especially when they retired to Manchester in 1990, their devotion to the church mission and fellowship did not.  Joyce volunteered many hours to help in the church office and cherished the ladies in her Friendly Messengers Bible Study Class at First Baptist Manchester.  They both enjoyed the Senior Citizen Group gatherings and activities.

Joyce served as a Poll Worker in Coffee County at election time, and was a Food Pantry Volunteer, until it became clear she needed to focus her energies on caring for Bill as Alzheimer's made its presence known.  She ministered to him as a faithful wife at home until she could no longer physically do so, then went daily to be with him at the nursing home, sharing at least one meal with him every day.  This journey took such a toll on her health that after his death, she moved to MacArthur Manor to make sure she got the assistance she needed.  She made many new friends there and was cherished greatly by residents and staff.

Joyce is survived by sister Elsie Lee; sons, Doug (Pat), Tom (Dottie), Ted (Beth);  grandchildren Lisa (Stewart) Parker, Douglas Jr., Sara (Drew)Moss, Jonathan, Laura (Scott) Ballard, Rachel;  great grandchildren  Joseph, Victoria, Isabella, Kadie, Will, Andrew, Luke; six nieces, and numerous cousins, friends and acquaintances to rejoice in the privilege of experiencing her in their life in some way.  Joyce just seemed to draw in those who needed to feel her grace, warmth and compassion in their lives knowing they would find someone who cared and when asked, offer wise council.  She will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank the staff at MacArthur Manor and Compassus Hospice for their care; for Judy who was a faithful friend, helper, and driver; the faithful Meals on Wheels deliverers;  and Blanche, Gaye, Jane, Liz, Mildred, DJ &Teresa, and the Friendly Messengers Bible Study Class for your friendship, love, and tender loving care over the years. 

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution be made to Hospice; the Gideon’s; the Building Fund at First Baptist Church Manchester; or your favorite charity.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM in the Central Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating with burial to follow in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Tuesday at Central Funeral Home, Manchester, Tennessee. www.centralfuneralhome.com