|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1916|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 2011|
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Services for the beloved Joyce Evalena Williams McLeary, age 95, will be held in the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Jackson, TN. Mrs. McLeary died on Sunday morning, December 18, 2011 from complications following a debilitating stroke which she suffered on November 4, 2011. She was determined to go home before Christmas and indeed she has gone home to the place prepared for her before the foundation of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Joyce certainly heard those most longed for words, "well-done My good and faithful servant," when Jesus greeted her early Sunday morning as she entered the...
Services for the beloved Joyce Evalena Williams McLeary, age 95, will be held in the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Jackson, TN.
Mrs. McLeary died on Sunday morning, December 18, 2011 from complications following a debilitating stroke which she suffered on November 4, 2011. She was determined to go home before Christmas and indeed she has gone home to the place prepared for her before the foundation of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Joyce certainly heard those most longed for words, "well-done My good and faithful servant," when Jesus greeted her early Sunday morning as she entered the gates of heaven. In her 95 years on earth, she completed the many "good works that God had prepared for her to do." Knowing that we are saved by grace alone, Joyce's good works were her response of gratitude to the God whom she loved and who first loved her. God gifted Joyce in many ways for the accomplishment of His purposes. Anyone who has been blessed to sit at her table or to be the recipient of one of the many meals she delivered to those who were suffering knows that she was one of the best cooks in West Tennessee. In her lifetime, she cooked a varied menu including many familiar and unfamiliar meats and vegetables along with her delicious breads and desserts. She was not afraid of trying new recipes and was still cooking and trying new recipes right up until the day of her stroke. Joyce was also an excellent writer and she encouraged others by writing and sending on average 10 hand-written letters and cards per week for most of her adult life. And even though she saw her beloved Peggy frequently, they still corresponded by letter every week. Spreading the joy of reading books was another of Joyce's great passions. Her commitment to this passion was demonstrated by her long time service to the Jackson Madison County Library Board of Trustees to which she was appointed in 1956 and on which she served until 1994. Joyce McLeary erved this Board in many capacities including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Chair of the Finance Committee and Chairperson from 1970 to 1971. In addition, she served as Chairperson of the Southeastern Library Association in 1973 and was a member of the American Library Trustee Association. Joyce won two prestigious awards in her field including the Service Award for the Jackson Madison County Library for her service from 1956 through 1994 and the Tennessee Library Association Trustee Award in 1990. Her family was proud to be present when she received this award at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Her peers stated the following on that occasion and on the inscription of the award presented to her: "Joyce McLeary is truly a remarkable person. She is original, imaginative and forwardthinking and possesses unfailing enthusiasm." They knew her well. Other community service of Joyce McLeary included President of the Northside PTA from 1955-1956, President of the County Council, long-time member of the Northside Lion's Club, and Treasurer of the Shiloh Regional Library Board from 1989-1992.
Joyce Evalena Williams McLeary was born on October 4, 1916 in the community of Bells, TN. As a girl, her home was a gathering place where friends and neighbors came to enjoy the music that her father made on his violin. She married Malcolm Herndon McLeary on September 14, 1935 and moved to Windy City, TN where she and Herndon worked a large farm and raised many things including strawberries, flowers, and their beloved daughter, Peggy Joyce. Herndon and Joyce were married for almost 65 years until his death at age 89 in March 2001. They were proud to be commended by the President of the United States upon their 60th wedding anniversary. Joyce has always been, above all else, committed to God and to her family and friends. She loved being with her family and was proud to participate in both the annual Williams Family reunion every last Saturday in June and the annual McLeary reunion every second Saturday in August. She was the proud recipient of the "oldest and wisest" award at the McLeary reunion for the past 10 years. Things just won't be the same without Joyce around. When Joyce and Herndon McLeary moved to the city of Jackson, TN in 1975, they transferred their church membership from Bethel Baptist Church of Humboldt, TN to First Baptist Church of Jackson, TN where Joyce has been actively "serving the Lord with gladness," ever since.
Joyce leaves a great legacy of faith in God the Father, Jesus the Son of God and the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of salvation. She became active in church at a young age and remained active throughout her long life. She was the Outreach Leader of the Jan Hester Sunday School Class at First Baptist for many years as well as a long time active member of the WOM, Women on Missions, supporting missionaries who spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. Cooking and writing and visiting and calling were four of the ways that Joyce consistently and faithfully "loved her neighbors as she loved herself." She continued visiting the sick until she broke her hip in June 2011 while weeding in her flower garden. In spite of her pain, she was determined to come to her beloved son-in-law, Gerald Smith's, memorial service in September 2011.
Joyce Evalena Williams McLeary was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm Herndon McLeary; her parents, Wrant Williams and Pearl Williams Henderson; her step-father, Alvin Henderson; her brother, Lt. Col. Carlyle Williams and her sister-in-law, Hazel Williams; her, brother, Jesse Doyle Williams, and her sister-in-
law Ruby Nell Williams; her sister, Rebecca Williams and her brother-in-law, J. A. "Buck" Stoots; her step-brother, Neal Henderson; her son-in-law, Donald R. Pace; her son-in-law, Gerald Smith; and her nephew, Danny Williams.
Joyce is survived by the sunshine of her life, her daughter, Peggy Joyce McLeary Pace Smith of Nashville, TN; her granddaughter, Anna Leigh Pace Mueller and her husband, Roland B. Mueller of Brentwood, TN; her grandson, Benjamin McLeary Pace and his wife, Heather McCartney Pace of Raleigh,NC; and her great-grandchildren, Danielle Pia Mueller, age 24; Benjamin Martin "Pace" Mueller, age 4; Kelton Donald Pace, age 13 and Marina Lee Pace, age 10. She is also survived by her step-brother, Charles Henderson and his wife, Katy Henderson and by her step-sister, Doris Reno, as well as by many other loving family members and friends.
Joyce will be missed by her large extended family and many friends especially her faithful friend and home companion, Norma Glenn, for whom Joyce's family is eternally grateful. Joyce leaves a legacy of faith, hope, love, and integrity as well as the practices of
cooking, canning, visiting and hand-written letter writing and was an example to all who believe of the value of "not growing weary in doing good."
Family will receive friends and extended family in the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow morning, Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 9 a.m. with the funeral service, officiated by Pastor Justin Wainscott, to follow at 10 am. Burial will take place at RoseHill Cemetery in Humboldt, TN. George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home is located at 2812 N Highland Ave. in Jackson, TN.
Malcolm Herndon McLeary (1910 - 2000)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
Created by: Teresa Harris
Record added: Jan 25, 2012
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