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Joyce Lemon

April 19, 2023

Joyce Best Lemon, 80, of Lynchburg, met Jesus on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. She was the loving wife of Robert “Bob” Lemon.

Joyce Ann Fitzgerald was born December 21, 1942, in Vesuvius, Virginia, daughter of the late James Fitzgerald and Hazel Ramsey Fitzgerald. Joyce retired as a professional accountant. She was a devoted member of Heritage Baptist Church. She is also preceded in death by her first husband Harvey Jackson “Jackie” Best, Sr., and two sons: Harvey Best, Jr., and Steven Best and siblings: James, Wilson, Madeline, Elestine and Maxine.

She is survived by a son, Kevin Best (Renee), two daughters-in-law Treasa Best and Kimberly Best, a daughter Amber Best Roberts (Mark), and her bonus children: Robert Lemon, Jr., (Tamara), and Beth Fogelgren (Mark), 5 siblings, Jackie’s dear sister, Betty, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, doting nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Joyce accepted her Savior at a young age, committing herself to ministry until her death. She steadfastly served as a Pastor’s Wife, Bible Teacher and Mentor to many. The apple of her eye was her large family, whom she loved with all her heart.

A Celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 24th, at Heritage Baptist Church. Joyce’s dear nephew and friend, Pastor Rader Ogden will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, 1p.m.

Interment: Tuesday, April 25th, 11a.m. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, New Canton, VA.

Monday’s service will be live streamed at

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Heritage Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Mission Fund.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit


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Bob and Tamara, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Posted by Laverne Canada on April 25, 2023

Cynthia and I had the distinct privilege of knowing Mrs. Best as teacher, mentor and friend. While at ABBC she was our English teacher and drama director. Cynthia credits Mrs. Best for helping her use her talents for Christ. After college she followed our ministry and has on multiple occasions made it clear how much she prayed for our family as we have ministered in Brazil! We will miss you! We pray for the family! We thank God for the life, ministry and influence of Mrs. Best!

Posted by Joel and Cynthia Dickens on April 22, 2023

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