Marion Joyce Thurman Hampton, 85, passed into glory on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at home with her family.
Born on June 2, 1935, Joyce was a lifetime resident of Rhea County and a member of Texas Grove Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late James Garfield Thurman and Maggie Byrd Thurman.
Joyce loved playing golf, tending her flowers, her home, her little dog, Molly, and the love of her life, Earl. She and Earl have loved each other for over 70 years. In high school, she was the 1952 Homecoming Queen escorted by the Captain of the football team and her sweetheart/husband, Earl Hampton. She was an excellent basketball player in high school, as well. She always enjoyed watching her boys and grandchildren play ball. Joyce never sat still. She worked at Burlington, Sherwood, and later managed the Big Apple Market all the while maintaining her position as matriarch of the family. Her grandchildren describe her as selfless and generous; she always greeted you with joy when you went to visit her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert Lynn Hampton; her sister, Lucille Thurman Wilson; and brothers, John Carol, Muriel, and Billy Ray Thurman.
She is survived by her husband, Earl; sons, Jim (Deb) Hampton and Donnie (Vivian) Hampton; grandchildren, Jimmy (Eva) Hampton, Cricket (Scott) Newby, Jenna Hampton and T.J. (Cindy) Hampton; great-grandchildren, Celie Patterson, Landon Hampton, Dalton Hampton, Wyatt Hampton, Maysa Hampton and Creek Hampton; sisters, Dorothy Holloway and Wanda (Norman) Kincannon; brother, Earl (Kay) Thurman; sister-in-law, Martha (Ron) Toney; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Texas Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Norman Huskey officiating. Interment will be at Mount Sulphur Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, from noon to 2 p.m. at the church.
Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.vaughn-funeral-home.com to share memories and condolences with the family of Joyce Hampton.