|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1941|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 2010|
North Carolina, USA
Joyce Ann Smith Blackwell HOPE MILLS, NC -
Joyce Ann Smith Blackwell (formally Babson), 68, of Hope Mills, NC unexpectedly but peacefully passed away in her home on Friday, April 16, 2010.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday May 1, 2010 in the Carolina Memorial Gardens' Chapel in North Charleston. The family will accept visitors at 3 p.m. and the funeral service will begin at 4 p.m. Joyce's cremains will be interred at Carolina Memorial Gardens in a park bench she personally chose. It was Joyce's wish that her friends and family use this bench to sit and reminisce. In lieu of flowers, Joyce preferred that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of her daughter.
Joyce was born in Summerville, SC, lived in Charleston for most of her life, and then moved to Hope Mills, NC, in October 2003.
Joyce is survived by her son R. James "Rocky" Babson, Jr., of Atlanta; son Marc Edward Allan Babson, his wife Magda Mkov Babson and grandsons Luke Allan Babson and Matthew Lee Babson of Prague, Czech Republic; step-daughter Angela Leah Blackwell of Spartanburg, SC; granddaughters Anastasia Marie Snyder and Victoria Ann Snyder of Hope Mills; brother Alfred Earl Smith of California, two sisters Peggy Smith Kandies and Chrystine Smith Midyette of North Charleston; by an extended family of wonderful neighbors, friends, co-workers and acquaintances both domestic and abroad and her cat Faye, who has been adopted by loving neighbors. Faye will serve as a constant reminder of Joyce's personality and affection for them.
Joyce is also survived by her first husband, Robert "Bobby" J. Babson, Sr. of Charleston, who gave her "three wonderful children" and introduced her to Christianity. They amicably divorced in March 1995.
Joyce is predeceased by her parents Alfred Clayton Smith and Margaret Worsham Smith; her second husband Donald Wayne Blackwell, Sr. of North Charleston; and daughter Carissa Ann Babson Snyder of Hope Mills.
Joyce graduated from North Charleston High School in 1959 (as Joyce Ann Smith) and attended Limestone College. Joyce was very active in her community, participating in both church and community sports and Junior Achievement. As a former member of Citadel Square Baptist Church, Joyce taught Sunday School, Youth Bible Drills, and Training Union. At the time of her death, Joyce was an active member of Arran Lake Baptist Church in Hope Mills. Joyce was a true disciple of Christ and lived her life by His example.
Joyce loved her work and was a retired Federal Civil Service employee with over 41 years of service. Joyce initially started as a clerk typist with the Charleston Army Depot in June 1960. Joyce transferred to the Atlantic Polaris Missile Facility in 1973, to the Naval Supply Center (NSC Charleston) in 1974, and then to SPAWAR in 1995 where she retired as a Senior Contract Negotiator in April 2003. Joyce's work as a Contracting Officer included the negotiation of numerous contracts for a broad range of communications, intelligence, electronic warfare, simulation, training, and instrumentation systems for use by our Nations' military. Joyce was the senior negotiator for the largest contract ever awarded by NSC Charleston. For her work on this contract, Joyce was invited to the Pentagon on July 21, 1993, and presented with the Department of the Navy 1992 Competition Award from the Assistant Secretary of Defense and Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
Joyce moved to Hope Mills in October 2003 in order to assist in the care of her then terminally ill daughter Carissa who passed away on July 24, 2006. Joyce remained in Hope Mills in order to spend time with her granddaughters Anastasia and Victoria who were an important part of her everyday life. As a mother and grandmother, Joyce encouraged her children and grandchildren's hobbies, and she reveled in watching them as they engaged in their various activities whether it was flying airplanes, participating in church functions, competing in sports, or playing musical instruments. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, traveling, and telling stories of her youth. Her sense of humor, her uncanny ability to be a peacemaker, and her fondness of enjoying everyday life to its fullest will be remembered by all. Joyce was a lighthouse, a best friend, a devoted mother and grandmother, a committed neighbor, and a true disciple of God's word in every aspect of her life. She now rests in Heaven with her daughter, parents and husband. John 8:51 - "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If you keep my saying, you shall never see death."
Published in Charleston Post & Courier on April 30, 2010
Alfred Clayton Smith (1914 - 2003)
Margaret Worsham Smith (1914 - 2004)
Donald Wayne Blackwell (1949 - 2007)
Carissa Ann Babson Snyder (1964 - 2006)*
Chrystine Smith Midyette (1938 - ____)*
Joyce Ann Smith Blackwell (1941 - 2010)
Carolina Memorial Park
South Carolina, USA
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