Maye Nichols Joyner

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Maye Luther Nichols ''Little Maye'' Joyner, 87, of 4221 Cotton Tail Dr., New Port Richey, FL, formerly of Asheville, died Thursday, April 19, 2001 in a Florida hospital. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Chesley and Leah Johnston Luther. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Lewis Joyner and Todd Nichols; and a grandson, Terry Runyans. She retired from America Enka Corp. with 42 years of service and worked with the Dreamland Drive-in Restaurant for 20 years. She was a Past Grand Worthy Matron of the order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 191 and was a member of MAlvern H ills Baptist Church. Her survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and Cam McLeay of New Port Richey, FL; three grandchildren, Kimberly Cotter Barnes of Trumbull, CT, Mark Cotter of Jacksonville, FL, Lisa Cotter Bailey of Asheville; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Pastor David MacEachern will officiate with burial following in Pisgah View Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends 6-8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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  1. Mona it sure is sad when Mom goes – Aunt Billie ( My Mom ) past the 3rd of April and is buried @ Forest Lawn w/ Dad.

  2. It has been 1 1/2 years since you left, and I still don’t know how to express how deeply I loved you and how much you are missed. You were like a mother to all of us. You were there for us and loved us when we so desperately needed you. You never denied us your love or closed the door of your home. You truly are the reason I am who I am. You were my strength. You were my role model. I also want to say ‘thank you for giving to the Lord’. My life was changed as a result of that gift. Thanks to your sharing Christ’s love with me, I know we will spend eternity together. I will see you again. Praise God. I love you Nanny.

  3. Maye was a lovable person who we have known for many years.She was a sweet person, but one who had a lot of passion, and fire for life. She loved to laugh and we remember her chuckling over the retelling of family stories. A real talent with canning and pickling,too.
    She was only married to Lewis for a few days, but said she had admired him since childhood. She was unique in that Lewis’ children kept in touch over the years, treated her as a real step-mother, exchanged visits and always expressed love and concern for her. We are so happy that she and Lewis had that short time together. We know he was proud and happy to have found her, even if it was so near the end. God love them.

  4. Romona and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. We were just talking about your mother with Rochat cousins from Tennesse on Friday, about reunion in 1997.
    May God give you strength during this time.
    Please be in contact, because we need your updated addresses for Reunions.
    Mother passed March 4, 2001, so I know where you are at this time.
    Would love to hear from you.
    Love and sympathy, Ann

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