Joyce Tester Reese, age 72, of Rush Branch Rd., Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday morning, July 22, 2021 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Born July 18, 1949 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Doughton Charles and Frances Norris Tester. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Joyce loved her Lord and was eager to share that love with others and always willing to fill prayer requests by family and friends. She loved her family beyond measure, and with patience, taught them Christian values and work ethics. In her spare time, she loved playing the piano, shape note singing or reading.
Joyce retired from Appalachian State University as the Administrative Assistant in the College of Education.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Hite Dale Reese; sons, Duane Reese and wife, Misti and Wayne Reese, all of Vilas; daughter, Selena Dollar of Bethel; brothers, Len (L D) Tester and wife, Catherine and Terry Tester, all of Sugar Grove; sisters, Janice Ashley and husband George, of Mountain City, TN and Nadine Harris and husband, Roger, of Shelby; grandchildren, Nicole Dollar, Elizabeth Farmer and husband, Jeremiah, Madi Dollar, Alex Reese and wife, Sydney, and Casey and Dalton Reese; great granddaughter, Magnolia Farmer; and her father-in-law, C. B. Reese of Vilas. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Joyce Reese will be conducted Monday afternoon, July 26th, at 2 o'clock, at Calvary Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Jeremy Hull. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o'clock. Graveside services will follow in the Lower Beaver Dam Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of Tommy Lawrence, 636 John Shell Rd., Sugar Grove, NC 28679.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Reese family.