December 23, 1941 ~ January 14, 2016

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Mary Joyce Jones Branks, 74, of Fairview, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at her residence. She was born in Buncombe County to the late Homer and Daisy Matthews Jones. Other than her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond W. Branks, daughter, Teresa B. Harris; son-in-law, Derrick Thrasher, sister, Marie Angel and brothers, Diment, Lloyd, Howard, William and Ronald Jones. She is survived by sons, Darrell Branks of Fairview and Marcus (Tiffany) Branks of Mars Hill; daughter, Diane Branks and Tina Thrasher of Fairview; son-in-law, Houston Harris of Fairview; grandchildren, Justin Thrasher (Ashley) of Fairview, Garrett Harris of Fairview, Briana Branks, Damian, Heaven and Angelina Borowski of Mars Hill; great grandchildren, Sabrina and Trevor Grooms, Landon Thrasher of Fairview; brothers, Donald Jones (Aileen) of Asheville, Ray Jones (Lois) of Pace, FL and Clinton Jones (Wanda) of Wetumpka, AL; sister-in-law, Saundra Jones of Hayesville; special great nieces Lisa Jones and her children, Nicholas and Zacheriah Anderson of Kings Mountain, and Jennifer Stastny and her children Kaylyn Allen, Hayley and Colby Hensley of Fairview ; great nephew, Brandon Branks of Fairview, as well as other nephews and nieces. A funeral service will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the Tunnel Road chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Rev. Edgar Waters will officiate and burial will follow in Gashes Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  1. I will truly miss Joyce. Whenever I came by for a visit she always had a kind word and a infectious smile. Rest in Peace Ms. Joyce as you look down upon us all from your Heavenly home.

  2. Joyce was a wonderful woman, God just needed another angel because another was coming into the world. She was always worrying about everybody else but herself. Just the other day she needed some water but she asked me if I had my homework done. She will be greatly missed. My you R.I.P (Rest In Peace) Joyce. We Love You Joyce. ❤️

  3. You were sick and tired and we all knew,
    that God would soon come to take you.
    You fought so hard, so very long,
    but through the pain, you stayed strong….
    You put every one else before your self
    You are my role mottle I wanna be so kind,nice,loving just like you where to every one else
    RIP Joyce I love you. And one day I’ll see you but till then i want you to know that his loved you and he knew it was your time and he wanted to see your Beautiful face I love you

  4. joyce was a wanderful woman, always had a great smile, and always loved to see it, she loved everyone, and was always nice to everyone, i miss her dearly and always will till the day she passed, she was a beautiful woman, god is gonna be happy to see u up in heaven, but dont worry you wont be in no more pain or suffer for being sick bc your gonna be perfect in heaven, every one misses you very much, i love you aunt joyce, and thanks for raising me since i was two i had fun living with you for 12 years. i will always be thinking of you.

  5. Aunt Joyce I love you and I’m going to miss you you were a wonderful women and I can’t explain how diffrent it will be with you no longer around in person but you will always be in our hearts for ever and always

  6. We wanted to let all of you know we sure hated to hear about Joyce’s passing. We didn’t even know she had been sick. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers and wish we could have been there for her service. Take care.

  7. To my strongest and wonderful woman I have ever known in my life! You were our rock and I just dont know what we are all gonna do without you now ,Joyce. I miss you so very much already,and when everybody is gone and the house is so empty,Im just so worried how it may effect all of us. Im trying so hard to hold it together and be strong. I wanna thank you for everything you have done for me and my children,raising all of us and Diane for doing the best with us that yall could! You will never be forgotten, and never stop loving and thinking of you! I miss drinking our coffee together this morning,and its strong just the way you like it. Please give everyone my love, and please give my mama a big hug and kiss for me ,tell i miss and love her too, so very much!!!

  8. Joyce,
    I miss you so very much! I wish I could say how much. You are the most selfless person I have ever known. I think you know how much you how much you mean to me. But, just in case. I love you so much! I wouldn’t be the woman I am if it weren’t for you. My main goal in life will always be to do my very best to make you proud. Thank you Joyce!! For everything!


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