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1935 Joyce 2016

Joyce Elizabeth Campbell

July 28, 1935 — October 12, 2016


Joyce Elizabeth Campbell, 81, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at her residence. Born July 28, 1935, she was the second child and oldest daughter of the late Bernie F. and Lois Riggs, in Dyer County, TN. Joyce was educated in the primary schools of Dyer County and attended Dyersburg High School.  She received her GED at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL.  Her working career began at K.W. Rogers at the age of sixteen.  Later she worked at HIS Clothing in Tiptonville before moving to Joliet, Illinois, where she was employed by Sears, GAF Corporation, and Zayer’s.  After returning to West Tennessee, she worked at Walmart and operated the J and J Restaurant.  She also worked at Zane’s in Jackson, Armstrong Windows and Dollar General.  Her conscientious application on the job and outstanding work ethic soon won her the favor of her supervisors and co-workers and led to promotions and honors including being named Employee of the Month at Zane’s.  Joyce became a Christian and joined the Junction Church of God in February 2004.  She was dedicated to God and to her church and her strong faith sustained her in her final days as she continued to worship with the Dyersburg Church of God.  In October, 2011, she moved into the Wesley Retirement Home.  Her greatest joy was in exercising her culinary skills for the benefit of her fellow residents and showing off her skill at working jig-saw puzzles.  Her lemon cakes earned Blue Ribbons at the Dyer County fairs and her peanut brittle has been enjoyed throughout the county.               


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Janice Couch and Brother Robert Davis.  Interment will be private.   


Pallbearers will be Bob Cagle, Jake Cagle, Casey Campbell, Josh Scott, Brayton Sampson and David Campbell.


The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning until service time at the funeral home.


She is survived by two daughters, Shelia Barnard and her husband, Verlon; Pamela Jean Elliott; and one son, Rusty Tirey, with her husband Robert Tirey, deceased and one adopted daughter  Beth Harder, with her husband James Campbell, deceased and James Campbell, III, Chad Campbell, Keith Campbell, David (Sherri) Campbell, Kay (John) Beltz, and Pam Bacum.  Also surviving are two brothers, Billy (Marie) Riggs, Cincinnati Ohio; Ted (Joan) Riggs, Fairbanks, Alaska; and four sisters, Judy (Paul) Epperson, Kansas City, Missouri; Janice (Milton) Couch, Cleveland, Tennessee; Nancy (Robert) Lumley, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Betty (Earl) Lumley, Lenox, Tennessee and her sister in law, Joy Ruth McAllister of Memphis.  Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Mark Tirey and one sister, Gaithel Burns.   


The family requests memorials be directed to the Junction Church of God Building Fund or the Dyersburg Church of God Children’s Fund.


Arrangements entrusted to Curry Funeral Home, 1984 St. John Avenue, Dyersburg, TN  38024.  Online condolences may be made to the family at
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