Joyce Marie Greenwood Gardner, age 88, of Jacksonville, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Tyler. She was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Ponta, Texas, to Stanley and Lula Greenwood. Joyce enjoyed spending time with her beloved family. She loved to play the piano and was an avid 42 and Yahtzee player. She and her husband, James, were ranchers in New Summerfield community for many years. She was the former owner of the Rix Shop in Jacksonville. Joyce, who was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in New Summerfield, was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James D. Gardner; granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn McMahon; brother, Stanley Greenwood, Jr. and sister, Wilma Frances Spraggins. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Peggy Marie Grahn and husband Richard of Flint, Sue Langley and husband Joe of Centerville, Gayle Gardner Mauldin of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special friends, Roland and Patsy Beezley, Loretta Sorensen, and Maxine Marshall. Pallbearers will be Jim McMahon, Russell Langley, Judd Langley, Richard Grahn, Jason Hawkins and Randy Dudley. Honorary pallbearers will be James Oscar Greenwood, Joe Langley, James Grahn, Michael Medinger, Jake Medinger and Chris Hawkins. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church in New Summerfield with Rev. Dr. Edwin Crank, Rev. David Hellwig, and Rev. Donny Sadler officiating. She will be laid to rest at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Ponta. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Visitation with the family will begin at noon until service time on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church in New Summerfield.
Published on  December 31, 2015