Brown Funeral Home announces the funeral service for Joyce Gibbs Smith who passed away on June 13, 2013. The homegoing celebration was held Sunday, June 16 at Second Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Surrency with the Rev. E. Jones presiding. Interment followed in Surrency Grove Cemetery.
Ms. Smith was born Aug. 14, 1952 to the late Albert Lee Harris and Zola Mae Gibbs. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Lee Harris and her daughter, Sabrina King and sister, Agnes Ellis.
Joyce received her education in the Appling County School System and joined Second Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. She was employed by the Appling County Board of Education for many years as a custodian.
Survivors include her mother, Zola Mae Gibbs; one sister, Shirley Alderman of Baxley; five brothers, Norris Gibbs, Lett (Gloria) Harris, Alfred Sumner, all of Baxley, Albert Lee (Angela) Harris and Mitchell (Frances) Burke, both of Atlanta; aunts, Floretta King and Flossie White of Surrency and Ella Bert (Carl) Marion of Alma; uncles, Dewitt Gibbs of Baxley, Willie Cromartie of Lakeland, FL and Edon Cromartie of Columbus; a special friend, Mattie Nails of Baxley; and a host of nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
Active pallbearers were Dewayne White, Marcus Gibbs, Stanley Gibbs, Lothair White, Mike Gibbs and Paul Jackson.
Honorary pallbearers were friends.
Musical selections were rendered by Carletha Wright, the Rev. Sherwood Gibbs, Kathy Gibbs and the Rev. E. Jones.
Arrangements were entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.