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 http://hbclynchburg.com/bereavement
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 tharpfuneralhome.com.