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Joy Wackerbarth Bashore

January 6, 1942 - May 20, 2022

Joy Wackerbarth Bashore, 80, of Forest died May 20, 2022. She leaves behind her husband, Bob, of 58 years; her son, Scott and his wife, Kristin, and their three children, Julia, Nolan, and Aidan of Broadlands, Va.; her son Rob and his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Lilly and Davis of Charlotte, N.C.; her sisters Joanne McCandlish of Williamsburg, Va., Jill Tierney of Chicopee, Mass., and Jackie Arnold of Powell, Ohio.

Joy was born in Morenci, Arizona and moved with her family to Granville, Massachusetts at age two where she lived until leaving for college. She attended Defiance College, Defiance Ohio, for two years where she met Bob. She then transferred to Wake Forest College, in Winston Salem, N.C., where she graduated with a BA in English in 1964. Joy and Bob were married after her graduation and lived in Roanoke County for two years where Joy taught, first at South Salem Elementary and then Andrew Lewis High School. The two then moved to Radford, Va. where the two boys were born. The next move was to Campbell County where they lived for 25 years until moving to Forest where they remained the rest of their lives. Joy earned her MEd at Lynchburg College in Reading and English while her children were young. She taught one year at Brookville Middle School before becoming an adjunct instructor at CVCC for eleven years. Her last 17 years at CVCC, Joy served as a full-time instructor, finishing her career as an associate Professor of English and chairman of the English department. She was chosen Professor Emeritus in 2014. During the same time, Joy served on the Campbell County Social Services Board for several years. Joy was a driver for Meals on Wheels. She was a tour guide at the National D-Day Memorial and was active n the Bedford International Alliance making several trips to Normandy, France. She will also be remembered for her many entertaining essays she shared on WVTF and Radio IQ, NPR radio.

Joy was an active member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for 42 years, serving 13 years as a Sunday School teacher and multiple terms as deacon and elder. She also was an active member of the Puah Circle for many years. She and Bob joined Holy Trinity Lutheran in 2015. Joy enjoyed playing golf with Bob and many of her friends and was also an accomplished bridge player. Joy and Bob travelled extensively, but her favorite trip was an Alaskan cruise that included all the grandchildren and parents.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the CVCC Education Foundation at 3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg VA 24502 for the endowed scholarship fund Bob and Joy established at CVCC to aid non-traditionally-aged women returning to school.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, June 4, 2022 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503.

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My heartfelt condolences to the family. Joy and Bob both lived their lives for higher education. Joy's death is a loss for the entire academic community, as well as family and friends. Stephen Christopher "Chris" Kelly, A.B., M.A., M.B.A.

Posted by Chris Kelly on May 29, 2022

My heart is heavy at hearing the news of Joy’s transition. I am holding all of her family and friends high up in prayer. It was a true honor to know her. God bless you all.

Posted by Belle Wheelan on May 27, 2022

Scott and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time as you remember the beautiful memories you've shared with your Mother. Her legacy will live on in your daily lives. Sharing life with your parents into their 80s is a blessing! My heart with be with you on the 4th as you celebrate her incredible life and legacy, Jule

Posted by Jule Baradi on May 24, 2022

My deepest condolences to Joy's family and friends on her passing. I knew her from our Forest bookclub and loved her gentle spirit and kind nature. She will be missed. Love, Sue

Posted by Sue Ginter on May 23, 2022

My deepest condolences to Joy's family and friends on her passing. I knew her from our Forest bookclub and loved her gentle spirit and kind nature. She will be missed. Love, Sue

Posted by Sue Ginter on May 23, 2022

Scott and all the Family, Words cannot not express sympathy enough for your sudden and heartbreaking loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! LOVE, Jude and Tom

Posted by Thomas kelly on May 23, 2022

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