Joyce was raised and lived in Ironton before moving to Elyria, where she had made her home for the last 47 years.
Her primary focus in life was that of being a homemaker. Joyce attended West Ridge Enterprise Baptist Church in Amherst. She was a member of Ohio Furnace Enterprise Baptist Church in Ironton. Joyce loved being active at church with the ladies circle and singing. In her younger years, she worked in customer service for Midway Mall in Elyria. Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother.
She will be missed by her husband of 55 years, Phillip David Sprouse; her daughter and her husband, Sherri and Terry Butcher of Elyria; grandson, TJ Butcher; her brothers and their wives, Earl and Catherine Lavender, Jr. of Ashland, Kentucky, Reverend Larry and Patricia Lavender, Reverend Roger and Sheri Lavender, both of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; her sisters and their husbands, Patricia and Gary Gannon of Franklin, Furnace, Ohio, Linda and Donald Corn of Elyria and Donna and Thomas Spergin of Haverhill, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents Reverend Earl and Goldie Lavender, Sr. (nee Adkins).
Friends may call Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Avenue, Amherst. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11 A.M., at West Ridge Enterprise Baptist Church, 46280 Telegraph Road, South Amherst. The Reverend William Fraley, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Buckeye Cemetery in Ironton.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.