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.