Joyce Lee Bacon

Born in Braddock, PA on March 5, 1942

Departed on February 15, 2014 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Joyce Lee Bacon—age 71, passed away on February 15, 2014. She hailed from a small town in Pennsylvania called Turtle Creek and was an ardent rooter of Turtle Creek High School’s sports teams. She was a “die hard” Pittsburgh Steelers fan and cheered them on through all six Super Bowls. Joyce never met a “stranger.” People were drawn to her winning smile and sparkling personality. Restaurant servers would inevitably touch Joyce while taking her order. It became a game of how soon and often this would happen. She once introduced me to Roy Acuff while the two of them were going through a pile of shoes on sale. They were trying to find a matching pair at a department store that was going-out-of-business. Joyce had no idea who he was but a guy name “Roy” who she had just met. I was a life-time country music fan, but Joyce hadn’t the foggiest idea of who he really was. When I got her aside I asked, “Joyce, do you know who that is?” She replied, “Yes, his name is Roy.” Joyce was like that with everyone she met. She was my best critic, biggest supporter, best friend, and trusted confidant. Her children and grandchildren were the “pride and joy” of her life and she loved them with all of her heart. Joyce struggled for years with debilitating back pain and other health issues but fought the good fight until the end. Even in pain Joyce managed to laugh at my corny puns and jokes. There was much joy and laughter in our home and I will miss her sweet laugh. Joyce was, indeed, the “wind beneath our wings,” and we will all miss her dearly. It is our hope and prayer that someday our whole family will be together once again and, indeed, the circle will be unbroken.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Leeland and Beatrice Brown. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Fred; her adoring children, Candace Lee Lewis, Eric Bacon; daughter-in-law, Kathy Bacon (Williams); son-in-law, Dan Lewis; wonderful grandchildren, Alex Bacon, Zachary and Trevor Lewis; brother LeeLand M. Brown, Jr; and countless friends.
The Life Celebration Service will be held on February 22, 2014 at 2pm, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, with Rev. Lewis Groce officiating. Visitation will be held on February 22, 2014 from 10am to 12pm at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 Johnny Cash Pky, Hendersonville, TN (615) 824-3855 springfieldfh.wpengine.com.

24 Comments to Joyce Lee Bacon

  1. Carol Winnett
    February 17, 2014 5:38 pm

    Eric, Kathy and Alex……my heart goes out to you. It’s so hard to say goodbye to someone you love! Hugs!

  2. Ginny Cavin
    February 17, 2014 7:05 pm

    I am so sorry. I’ve worked with Fred, I only met Joyce once. Fred was so proud to introduce us. She had gorgeous eyes and was so kind. I could see the love between her and Fred and it warmed my heart. God bless you all.

  3. Diane Long
    February 17, 2014 7:22 pm

    Fred, Candy, Eric and families,
    Norm and I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. Joyce will be fondly remembered as we treasure those great times we shared in the St. Mark days. May God’s love continue to sustain you in these difficult days. We send our love and prayers. Norm and Diane Long

  4. Wayne Meyers
    February 17, 2014 9:02 pm

    Believe it or not I thought of her often and wondered what happened to her or where she went. Joyce was always one of my favorite people all through High School. May you rest in piece my friend.

  5. Dick & Sherry Filer
    February 17, 2014 10:04 pm

    What can we possibly say about our 40-year plus relationship, never broken because of distance or time? Your house, our house, church together…Candy babysitting our kids…visiting in Hendersonville…getting together in Florida.. .cruising together…Birthdays for us, never forgotten…Christmas cards…phone calls… what a beautiful friendship! We will hold you in our hearts and minds until we are able to meet again in Heaven, Joyce. Rest in peace, wonderful lady and friend:) Deepest sympathies to our dear Fred, Candy, Eric & families…We love you all!

  6. Dee Funk
    February 18, 2014 9:51 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Joyce was a wonderful friend and always had a great sense of humor. I am thankful for all the years of friendship that we had together…lots of laughter, stories and singing. I know you will miss her so much for she was your rock that steadied the ship of life. Life will go on, but it will never be the same, much as mine has changed since RC passed. Be thankful for all the wonderful memories you had together and know that some day you will all be united again in Heaven. My deepest sympathy and love to you Fred and Candy and Eric and families.

  7. Deb Holtz
    February 18, 2014 11:19 am

    Fred, Candy and Eric:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Joyce was indeed a wonderful friend, with a tremendous sense of humor that tickled everyone who knew her. We share so many fond memories of St. Mark and our church family there, and look forward to a time when we will all re”joyce” with her in heaven. May God comfort and sustain you and your families, as you look forward to that time. Debi

  8. Mary Bernath Wright
    February 18, 2014 11:26 am

    Joyce and I were classmates at Turtle Creek High School. I have fond memories of her, and I also remember Fred from those days. I’m sorry to hear of her passing, and I send my condolances to her family.

  9. Kelly
    February 18, 2014 11:34 am

    We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Joyce’s sunny, vivacious personality. I can only say that when we needed you both when my Dad passed last Fall, Joyce was there with open arms, a listening ear, and poignant words of wisdom when I needed them most .. lots of tears, but laughter too. She had a wonderful way of putting things in perspective. She truly was a light in this world and will be deeply missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family … and a BIG Lewis hug to you all.

  10. Paul and Donna Prelwitz
    February 18, 2014 11:49 am

    Fred and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will always remember Joyce’s wonderful laugh and outgoing personality. Our memories of you two at Pentwater and back even further of Albright’s backyard will be cherished. Our thoughts go out to you and yours along with a big hug.

  11. Dona & James Cain
    February 18, 2014 12:12 pm

    We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought

  12. Chiz & Pat. Ford
    February 18, 2014 3:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  13. Doug & Chris Nanzer
    February 18, 2014 4:19 pm

    Dear Fred, Candy, Eric, & families,
    Praying that God holds you even closer as you make your way through this week. I will always be thankful that the Bacons were apart of East Kentwood and St. Mark Lutheran. I will never forget eating Sweetest Day dinner at your house, swimming in your pool, tubing in Caledonia, singing at my wedding, and the Homecoming pictures Joyce tried to take with her poodles right by her side. God bless.

  14. Pat Albright
    February 18, 2014 6:27 pm

    Fred and family…I cannot believe that Joyce is no longer with us…she is truly with us in spirit though and the memories of the good times will stay with many of us forever. I have been thinking about the goofy things she and I did together over the years one of which is when we would do our ‘hair coloring together, play cards in between while sipping on an ice tea or a cold beer. When it came time for the shampoo phase, Joyce always reminded me to give her a figurous, deep shampoo. I did of course, BUT when it was my turn I got a great shampoo, but the rinsing was not so gentle. It seems she always got my face, my ears and the back of my shirt. Then came the laughs…Joyce was great at making me laugh as well as others she came in contact with. One of our favorite times together was making “polish bow ties”…not sure if we wore more flour then we put into our batter. I do know we had lots of laughs, ate too many bow ties…we did of course eventually share some with our family. I can tell you so many stories that happened over the last 40 plus years, but it would take too long to transcribe. What I can tell you is that she was a great friend, had a positive outlook on life, loved her family and friends and was always ready to be hostess to everyone that dropped over for a visit. Last summer Joyce and Fred spent several days with Les and I in Pentwater. One of her favorite things to do was to sit by the pool and catch the sun as Joyce desperately wanted to go home with a tan. The other pleasure she enjoyed was going to the cacino, of which a few dollars were won. This year she and Fred were planning to spend 2 weeks with us in July…that will not happened and that is a sad, sad part of our lives. Our good times are many and there are many great gestures (joke telling and singing) Fred did with us…like bringing his guitar along on their Pentwater visits and sing for our Pentwater friends…and of course tell jokes and funny tales as we enjoyed a bonfire. Joyce enjoyed making smores, of which took several tries to get all her goodies in place and over the fire without loosing them to the fire. She and our daughter, Barb finally master the proper way and was a great success in being the “best” smore makers. May Joyce be in peace, free of pain, being reunited with her parents and lovingly watching over her beloved husband Fred, her children and grandchildren.
    God Bless the Bacon Family…
    Your friend Pat

  15. Les Albright
    February 19, 2014 10:26 am

    My deepest sympathy and continued thoughts go out to Fred, Candy and Dan, Eric and Kathy, and their families. It just doesn’t seem real. I am thankful for all the good and happy times Joyce shared with Pat and me. The memories span many miles – from Kentwood to Bermuda, to Hendersonville to Pentwater. The many many years were filled with happy memories and Joyce’s laugh. From the rock, the size of a bowling ball, that Joyce found on the beach in Bermuda that Joyce managed to get back to Kentwood. I think it took six months to arrive because the rock got stuck in the cargo hold of the plane and wasn’t found until the plane slid off the runway and Joyce’s rock came loose. Joyce’s water skiing and tubing talents were never mastered, but Joyce was determined and the laughs never stopped. Joyce and Fred are the kind of “friends” everyone should have in thier lives. May Joyce rest in peace and Fred continue singing to those who need a “friend”.

  16. Ron & Jerie Hadley
    February 19, 2014 5:24 pm

    I’ve read so many beautiful thoughtful and loving comments and I’m still having a difficult time finding the words to say here. Our friendship has been so quietly deep and sincere throughout all the years that the dear Fred and Joyce have been in Hendersonville. It almost seems like a life-time ago that we had a farewell party on our back deck in Kentwood as we said our good-byes to the incredible loving family that the Bacons are. The friendship bonds that were formed during our years at St Mark were meant to last forever and they shall. It will be a glorious day in Heaven when we are all reunited together again – may that be a thought for all of us as we try to cope and struggle along right now without our dear, dear Joyce by our sides.

  17. Paul and Sandy (Begerow) Pillsbury
    February 19, 2014 5:51 pm

    May God’s eternal love and grace comfort you and your family.

  18. Pastor Rodney & Phyllis Otto
    February 19, 2014 6:42 pm

    “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me…”
    Fred, Candy, Eric & families…
    Phyllis and I have wonderful memories of our beginning in St. Mark in Nov. of 1981. We treasure Joyce’s warm, caring spirit and faith. I recall the first phone call I took in the office as she answered and said, “Honey, It’s for you..” Through the years her caring permeated the congregation through her work at the church office. Secondly, the above song rings through our souls as we recall you, Fred, singing it with deep faith and emotion in the old sanctuary at St. Mark. We pray the faith in Jesus that led you as husband and wife for nearly a half century, and molded your children and their families, will sustain you in your loss.
    God’s Peace to you,
    Pastor Rodney & Phyllis Otto

  19. Ken and Sharon Venema
    February 20, 2014 3:01 pm

    Fred and Family of Joyce
    Like everyone else, we’re sorry to hear about Joyce. Whenever we got together we always had a great and we are happy and blessed to be your friends.
    May the words and the message of the song “Knowing what I know about Heaven ” by Guy Penrod ” give you comfort and peace in the days, months, and years ahead.
    Your friends Ken and Sharon.

  20. Cindy Offringa (Albright)
    February 21, 2014 3:52 pm

    Fred and Family,
    Dear Fred and family,
    Words can never express when a loved one has been taken too soon. My deepest sympathy goes out to you Fred and the family. I am so THANKFUL to have the friendship of the “Bacons’ through the friendship of my parents (Albrights’) The many memories I will forever cherish as I look back on… camping trips with the Jaycees, renting the cottage at Green Lake, and the many picnics/swimming at each other’s houses. Of course, that also brings to mind…. what entire family these days would be seen wearing matching “FLINESTONE TOWELS”…..WOW, we loved those towels and I think all of us kids lived in them too! I can still hear Joyce’s voice (and Fred) when I would come to visit my parents them singing as you walked in “Cindy O’ Cindy…..of course little did they know I was crashing their vacation as the third wheel in Pentwater. How special you both always made me feel and the love of your friendship has meant a lot over the years. Every time I use the fruit glassware dish you guys gave Tim and I for our wedding I always think to myself hmm…… it sure would be nice to have some of Joyce’s pasta salad or lasagna in this! I will miss you dearly Joyce, thanks again for your wonderful hospitality and friendship to my parents and our family — you are at peace… your smile and laughter is needed in heaven — sing with the ANGELS — God’s Blessings.
    Cindy Offringa (Albright)

  21. Kerry VanderVelde
    February 21, 2014 6:11 pm

    Sympathies to all of the Bacons. Wish we could be there in person to hug you all. We have so many fond memories of our years on Blaine. We feel blessed to have known Joyce.
    Much Love,
    Mike and Kerry

  22. LaVerne Kirby
    February 22, 2014 12:17 pm

    Fred and family am so sorry for your loss, you know we thought a lot of you both . Setting here remembering all the good times we had, Joyce helping so much and so willing to do so much for anyone that asked her. She took on the job of helping me so very much, my daughters wedding , and loved doing this. Fred I know how much you loved her and you are blessed, she loved you right back just as much.I really know how you are feeling right now as we will be putting my brother to rest this next Tues. Love and prayers with you and family.

  23. Jera Kodish-Laidlaw
    February 22, 2014 2:25 pm

    Dear Fred, Candy, Eric and families,
    My sincere sympathy on the loss of your precious Joyce. My heart is heavy with sadness, but so full of such
    wonderful memories of Jaycees, St. Mark Church and backyard parties! I’ll always remember watching you both
    dancing the night away with such ease and grace! May God grant you peace, comfort and cherished memories
    to share. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead.
    In Christian Love and Friendship,
    Jera

  24. Debbie Frost
    March 8, 2014 9:18 am

    The thing I most admired about Joyce was her honest, forthright questions and comments. She was authentic, cheerful, nice, funny and the perfect partner for my brother. Fred and Joyce had one of few happy, successful marriages I’ve witnessed in my life. We will all miss Joyce and her infectious positive attitude.

    Fred, Candy, Eric and family, I know you’re feeling the void of losing someone you love so much and am so sorry for your pain. I love you all.

    Debbie

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