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Joyce Beck Clark, 69, of the Tomotla Community passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Murphy Medical Center. She was born on a small dairy farm in the Crabtree Community of Haywood County, NC.  She was a 1962 graduate of Clyde High School where she was a varsity basketball player.  She moved to Murphy in 1969 with her husband Lloyd.  She was a member of Tomotla Baptist Church and served as a Children’s Sunday School teacher for over 40 years.  She enjoyed gardening and working with her flowers.  Joyce was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoyed every minute with her family. She was also a homemaker for her own family as well as being a caregiver to many of the children in the community.


She was the daughter of the late Ephraim Clingman and Mary Lee Parker Beck.  She was also preceded in death by four sisters, May Burr Beck, Anna Lou James, Rena Mehaffey, and Georgia Gillett; and a brother, E.C. Beck Jr.


Surviving are her husband of 49 ½ years, Lloyd Clark; two sons, Keith Clark and wife Jill of Asheville, NC and Doug Clark and wife Kathleen of Weaverville, NC; a brother, Ernest Beck and wife Kathy of the White Oak Community, NC; and four grandchildren, Makenna, Shelby, Celia, and Sean Clark.


Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Rev. Harold Stiles officiating.  Inurnment was at 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 11 in the Tomotla Community Cemetery.


The family received friends from 5:00-6:45 Tuesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Joyce Beck Clark to the Tomotla Community Cemetery Fund, c/o Alene Keener, 297 Hayes Road, Marble, NC 28905.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.


#13 evelyn meadows 2013-09-15 17:50
i'm so sorry for your loss she was a wonderful person
Evelyn Rathbone former classmate
#12 Larry and Judy Reed 2013-09-13 17:32
Dear Uncle Lloyd and cousins Keith and Doug and families, So very thankful for having the opportunity of knowing Aunt Joyce. The world lost a wonderful soul and Heaven gained an Angel. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. Judy and Larry Reed
#11 Edwina Eller Messer 2013-09-12 19:13
Keith and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was a wonderful and sweet person. She always had a smile on her face. I will keep you in my prayers that God will give you comfort. Edwina Eller Messer and family
#10 Debra Keener England 2013-09-11 19:05
Dearest Clark family - Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God's Peace cover each of you as you go through this time of deep sorrow. Our little Tomotla Community has suffered a great loss. Joyce was certainly an asset to our neighborhood and she will be greatly missed.
God Bless- Aleen Price Keener and Debra Keener England
#9 John and Joann Cabe 2013-09-10 16:00
Lloyd, Doug, Keith and families, What a shock to hear of Joyce's passing so unexpectedly. We are praying for you all to be comforted by the Holy Spirit during your time of loss. Joyce was a wonderful person. Everyone who knew her here on this earth has suffered a great loss because of her passing. May God sustain you with precious memories and the promise that this separation is only temporary for those who know the Lord as their Savior.

We love you. John and Joann
#8 Pat Beck 2013-09-10 13:06
Lloyd, Keith, Doug and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Joyce. She was a wonderful, caring person and I know you will all miss her. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all, Pat
#7 NCDOT Staff 2013-09-10 10:04
Lloyd and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and have you in our thoughts and prayers. You are a big part of our 'family' and we love you very much.

Andrews District Office
#6 Jill Kimes 2013-09-10 08:36
Uncle Lloyd, Keith, Doug & Families ... I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Aunt Joyce for her kindness and sweet smile.

God Bless,
Jill (Reed) Kimes
#5 Bill Harper 2013-09-10 08:11
Joyce was one of Mama's favorite people. I can only imagine the joy that they are experiencing in heaven right now. Special prayers to your family.
#4 Philip Hodge 2013-09-09 11:09
Uncle Lloyd, Keith, Doug , and family ; Aunt Joyce was one of the sweetest ladies I've ever known. I know God welcomed her with a big smile and a "Welcome Home". May the peace and comfort that only comes from Jesus our Saviour be with each of you.

Philip and Carolyn Hodge
Seeley Lake, MT
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