September 20, 1943 ~ April 29, 2022

Born in: Greenville, SC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Fletcher- Laura Joyce Murray, 78, of Fletcher, died Friday, April 29, 2022 at Fleshers of Fairview Healthcare Center.

A native of Greenville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Carlos and Sarah Adair Cooper.

Joyce adored her son, loved life, craft building and sewing. She was retired from Eaton and loved camping with all her friends at Lake Chatuge.

She is survived by her son, Greg Owens, and his girlfriend, Karen; a sister, Jan Padgett; a brother, Hugh Cooper (Carol); three step-grandchildren, Ryan, Savannah and Chris; four step-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Susan and Elizabeth and a nephew, Steve as well as a special family friend and caretaker to Joyce, Kathy Sullivan.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I was so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. We had many good times and laughs together when we both worked for Carole. She was a strong woman who loved dearly those close to her. I will miss her.

  2. I am so sorry Greg she was a wonderful friend and we had so much fun at the lake and yard sailing. I will miss her so much

  3. Joyce was a special friend.My life is better for having known her.She will certainly be missed.

  4. I will miss you every day but thankful your at peace. I will never forget all you have taught me and the kindness you gave me.

    Love always

  5. Dear Greg, I’m so sorry to see this news. Please know that my family will remember yours during this sad time and in the days ahead 🙏🏽Sincerely, Allison Dickerson Edwards, JF Webb Class of’82

  6. So sorry to hear about Joyce she was a great long time friend. I know she is in a better place now. I will miss her rest in peace my friend

  7. I sure bet Heaven is sparkling clean now that The Duster’s have arrived…. God bless your mama Greg.

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss Greg. It is a very difficult time you are going through, and no words I might say will make it easier, but if need to talk to someone please give me a call.

  9. Joyce and I met through our employment with Carole Gardiner. She was honest, friendly and a real genuine person. I had the pleasure of spending many days with her, and we became friends. I liked to fix lunch at home and bring enough for both of us, or stop and get breakfast for her on the way to the office. She enjoyed that so much. I was amazed at her talents, her beautiful quilts, crafts, crocheted pieces, and so much more! When she was able, she looked forward to spending time with her friends at the lake, but more than anything, she treasured her time with you, Greg. She loved you with all of her heart! We had many things in common and have kept in touch. I missed her when she was no longer able to work, and her death leaves an empty spot in my heart. May she rest in peace and may God comfort you in the days and weeks ahead!

  10. To Greg and rest of Joyce family . So sorry for your loss but I know Joyce is at peace and with no mor pain. I have many wonderful memories of Joyce and cross stitch pieces and crochet pieces she did for me. And always the memory of my granddaughter wanting to slip off to go See Joyce She loved to go over to see Joyce and watch her crochet. And I know the womens and children homeless shelter loved the caps she knitted and sent to them a few months ago. Miss you Joyce. Love you

  11. Greg ~ you will always hold a special place in our hearts. I hope you will find comfort in the memories we were all blessed to share as friends for so many years. Although words will not take about your sadness, please know that Jim and I are thinking of you and sending our sincerest sympathies and love.

  12. I worked with Joyce at Eaton many years ago. She always made me laugh, what a joy she was. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  13. We have precious memories with her and her good friend Glenda Moore, from Eaton/Cutler Hammer. Prayer and Sympathy to all her Family.



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