Joyce Ellen Smith, 78

OCT. 18, 1934-APRIL 5, 2013

April 06, 2013
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Mrs. Joyce Ellen (Barker) Smith, 78 1/2, of Greencastle, Pa., was called to her eternal Home on Friday, April 5, 2013, following a battle with Alzheimer's.

Born Oct. 18, 1934, in Leslie, W.Va., she was the daughter of Glenn and Lillian (Hale) Barker.

She married Edward J. Smith Jr. in 1956, and lived in Romney, W.Va., before relocating to Pennsylvania.

Joyce had a bachelor's degree as a laboratory medical technologist from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.

She was a lab tech for different hospitals and doctor's offices through the years.

She was a faithful Christian, prayer warrior and soul-winner who taught Sunday school, Bible studies, played the piano and organ, and headed up children's ministries in various churches.

In addition to her husband, Joyce is survived by four children, Kimberly (and Daniel) Sims of Young Harris, Ga., Julie (and Reed) Ulery of Falling Waters, W.Va., Jonathan (and Debra) Smith of Boonsboro, Md., and Jodi (and Keith) Layne of Lynchburg, Va.; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her siblings, Nancy Kane, Linda Sturgill, John Barker, Joseph Barker and Daniel Barker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Betty, Bobby, Fred and Joan Barker.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Greencastle Baptist Church, 2377 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, with Pastors Charlie Orr and John Miller officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 8, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her memory to Cross Purpose International, P.O. Box 858, Young Harris, GA 30582 or Churches in Missions, P.O. Box 1559, Sanford, NC 27331.

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