Joyce Ann (King) Newman

August 30, 1938 ~ January 6, 2022 (age 83)


Joyce Ann King Newman of Athens, Tennessee went home to her lord and savior on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the age of 83. A native of McMinn Co. she resided in Meigs Co. in her childhood, the daughter of the late William Andrew and Lillie Mae Henry King.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband Carl Owen Newman of Athens, TN, her parents, William King and Lillie Mae Henry King of Decatur, TN. Dear sister of, Geneva Pierce, Cleveland, OH, Rev. Kenneth King, Decatur, TN, Evelyn “Tootsie” Graves Minnis, Decatur, TN, Herbert King, Athens, TN, and Betty Jean Wattenbarger, Athens, TN.

Joyce is survived by two loving daughters and sons-in-law: Carla and Jim, Christi and Patrick. She was blessed with two beautiful granddaughters; Ciara and Civanna and a great granddaughter Lilly Ann, who was born a day after her 80th birthday. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Carolyn King, and brothers-in-law, Ray Wattenbarger, Danny Newman, and Mike Newman. Also, Joyce is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Joyce was selfless - a loving, active and engaged wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a driven woman who loved to read and learn earning several Associate degrees from Cleveland State and a Bachelor’s degree from Tusculum University. She participated in her daughter’s activities and education serving as PTO president at North City School. Joyce retired from TVA and worked for most of her career in the Athens office and ended her career in the Lenoir City office. In her retirement Joyce lovingly cared for Owen until his passing in 2001. She started gardening and participated in activities at the McMinn Sr. Center where she reconnected with friends and made many new friends. Joyce was the best grandmother and was always involved in her granddaughters lives and activities. She was blessed by the long-time friendship of two TVA colleagues: Faye and Betty.

The family would like to thank the staff of Athens Place and Hospice of Chattanooga for the love and care they gave our mother.

Please join the family for a graveside service at McMinn Memory Gardens on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (1739 Co Rd 561, Athens, TN 37303) with Rev. Earl Graves officiating. 

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January 10, 2022

2:00 PM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1727-1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303

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