Joyce Davis

Obituary of Joyce Juanita Davis

Joyce "Joy" Sutherland Davis Joyce Sutherland Davis, 99, passed away on February 19, 2021 at The Foley Center in Blowing Rock. Joyce was born April 19, 1921 in Ashe County to Charlie Clinton and Addie Shull Sutherland. She was the youngest of the two daughters. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her dear sister Charlotte Sutherland Stanley. Joyce was raised in Ashe County on a beautiful farm that she loved very much and attended Cove Creek Schools. After high school she attended Winthrop for 2 years then returned to Boone and went to Appalachian State Teachers College where graduated in Home Economics. During time of World War II Joyce went to work in Washington, D.C. and prepared the passports for the military servicemen. Once the war was over Joyce returned to Boone and worked for a short period as Home Extension Agent where she helped start the Farmers Market. Then she began her teaching career at Cove Creek High School. Joyce met the love of her life Robert William Davis. Shortly after meeting they married. Joyce was a sure supporter to Robert with the famous race car the "Davis Special" along with all his other projects. Joyce continued teaching with the move to Watauga High School and her education by returning to Appalachian State University to receive a degree in Biology. Joyce taught over 30 years. She was a member of the Boone United Methodist Church where she started the meals for the bereaved families, a huge leader in starting the Fall Bazaar that has continued for many years. Joyce was involved in the women's circle and other committees at the church. Joyce and Robert loved to garden and always shared with their friends and neighbors. She enjoyed the Boone Garden Club and several bridge clubs. Joyce was a wonderful cook, seamstress, and hostess. She loved to have family and friends into her home. Joyce was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as she gave generously to her students to help prepare them for their future. So many students she helped over the years to start their own business. Joyce is truly missed by her loving daughter Catherine Davis, grandchildren, Anna Romano Morgan and husband, Neal, Stefano Romano, Gabriele Romano and great-grandchildren, Reese and Parker Morgan. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, including special niece, Barbara Latta and special nephew, Charles Stanley. Funeral services for Joyce Sutherland Davis will be private. Interment will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens. A warm and special thank you to Joy's caretakers and the family and friends who came to visit with her. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boone United Methodist Building Fund. Online condolences may be shared at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Davis family.
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