Joyce Ann Neely
August 5, 1933 ~ March 19, 2004
Resided in: Fletcher, NC
Hendersonville ~ Our mother, Joyce Ann Ball Neely, age 70, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 19, after an extended illness. She died at Elizabeth House in Hendersonville. She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A lifetime resident of the Asheville Area, Mrs. Neely was the daughter of the late Flossie Laura Whisnant Ball and Ralph Lewis Ball. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Vernon "Bud" Neely in 1991, and an infant brother, James Richard Ball in 1942. She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Leslie and Rodney Russell , Tami and Keith Russell all of Rutherfordton and Lori and Greg Johnson of Horse Shoe; six grandchildren, Ty and Cory Russell, Kelsey and Kailey Russell, Bradley and James Johnson; a sister, Gail Thompson of Fletcher and a brother, Larry Ball and wife Mary Frances Ball of Asheville. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with Rev. Frank Stanley and Rev. Jimmy Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Elizabeth House Hospice, 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.