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Joyce Regena Petty

June 9, 1956 - June 2, 2023

“Seldom has God given so much to so many people through one woman.”

In the perfect timing of our Heavenly Father, He saw fit to usher Joyce into eternal healing on June second, 2023, in the 66th year of her life. Her graduation to heaven reminds us that much of life is uncertain, but eternity is sure.

Joyce Regena Petty’s sunrise was June 9, 1956, in Chatham, Virginia. She was the third child of Helen and William Petty Jr. Joyce was educated in the Pittsylvania County School System and, upon graduating, obtained an Associate degree in early childhood education from the Danville Community College. She later received a two-year bible degree from the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church Bible College in Washington, DC.

Joyce accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord at an early age while attending the Riceville Missionary Baptist Church and later, upon heeding the call of God to experience more of the Lord, transitioned her membership to the New Jerusalem Pentecostal Faith Church of Java, Virginia, the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church of Washington DC, and finally the White Oak Worship Center of Danville, Virginia until the time of her passing. She continued her walk with the Lord for over 60 years, remaining a faithful member and leader within each local church she joined, often serving in many roles and positions such as church choir president, senior and youth usher ministry president, youth and young adult Sunday school teacher, and greeter.

In the early spring of 1995, Joyce married Thomas Jerome Snow of Capital Heights, Maryland and to this union, one son was born: Samuel Christian Petty.

Joyce enjoyed a full life of traveling, working, and serving others before retiring at the age of 53. She was employed by the Basset and Walker Sewing Company (1975-1985), the District of Columbia Department of Public Works (1985-1999), and Schrader Bridgeport International (1999-2011).

Joyce was known for a fiery, feisty, and joyful personality and could often be heard declaring her favorite phrases, “I ain’t gone let nobody run over-top of me!” and “I might just give them a piece of my mind!” She was a shining example of perseverance through illness, respect, and constant joy.

Although Joyce has graduated into the eternal presence of the Lord for all eternity, her legacy lives on through the lives of so many. She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and William Petty Jr., and her brother Jerome Petty (Donna) of Clinton, Maryland.

She is survived by her son, Samuel Petty of Lynchburg, Virginia, three brothers, Eugene (Glenda) of Laurel, Maryland, William “Ronnie” (Angela) of Java, Virginia, and Marty of Charlotte, North Carolina; two aunts, Mary Petty-Amey of Brandywine, Maryland, Odelia Boykin of Brooklyn, New York, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, three special sisters, Doris (Ebraheem) Dixon, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dorothy Williams of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Sylvia (Mike) Stone of AltaVista, Virginia; and many more family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2023, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. Interment will follow at Tree of Life Cemetery.

A Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. at All Peoples Church, 727 Old Graves Mill Road, Friday, June 9, 2023, with Pastor Jeff Crawford officiating.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


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Dear Sammy, Hold onto your loving memories. These will give you comfort and peace throughout your life. Love.

Posted by Cousin Jeanne on June 9, 2023

In Deepest Sympathy, May your memories of Joyce's love bring you comforting peace of heart, now and through the days ahead.

Posted by Cousin Elnorah and Patrica Barbour & Family on June 9, 2023

Sister Joyce was a blessing to our congregation at White Oak Worship Center. She was a joy to know and was always ready to help serve in our church fellowship. Joyce’s smile and gentle spirit will be missed. I know she is enjoying the awesomeness of heaven today and all those in Christ will see her again soon. Prayers of comfort go out to all the family.

Posted by Lee Ewing on June 7, 2023

Joyce, was a child of God. Our classmate of 75’ of Gretna High School. You will be missed. Thoughts and Prayers

Posted by Joe Gilbert, Connie Pugh on June 7, 2023

Extending my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one continued prayers , Geneva Glass

Posted by Brenda Younger on June 7, 2023

Joyce was a true friend to all in the GHS Class of '75. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Posted by Kathy Eanes Hodges on June 7, 2023

My friend will truly be missed I enjoyed the times she spent with me and my mom LOUISE Womack at our house after her mom passed. we made sure she had plenty to eat,,we enjoy her presence and she will surely be missed. HEAVEN HAS GAINED A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL

Posted by PATSY WOMACK on June 7, 2023

Sister Joyce will always be a part of our Sunday morning hug-fest down at the front rows at White Oak Worship Center. The love of Jesus just oozed out of her! We're going to get to hug again in the Glorious Sanctuary of Our God, soon and very soon.

Posted by Clarke Martin on June 7, 2023

My sincere condolences to the Petty family in your hour of bereavement. Joyce was a beautiful person with a heart of gold. We will miss her humble spirit and beautiful smile. Rest in the promises of GOD; HE will never leave or forsake us. HE is a very present help.

Posted by Jennifer Jones on June 6, 2023

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 Sorry for the loss of your sweet mother.

Posted by BRENDA L LEE on June 6, 2023

My prayers and condolences to the family. Joyce was such a sweet lady. And had a beautiful smile. She will truly be missed.

Posted by Glenda Lewis on June 6, 2023

To Samuel and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. Joyce was a sweet lady and she will be missed.

Posted by Dexter H. Miller on June 5, 2023

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