Joyce Barrett


“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”

Joyce Mae Barrett was born on Aug. 9,1933, in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. She was the fourth of 10 children born to Norman and Beatrice Barrett. Joyce received her early education at Keith All Age School in the same parish.

Joyce worked as a housekeeper and cook at various resorts in Jamaica for many years. She migrated to the United States of America in 1975 where she lived in Oklahoma City for approximately five years before moving to North Carolina where she continued her career in the hospitality restaurant business as a private chef for more than 30 years at Sylva Run Inc. in Cashiers, N.C. until retirement.

Joyce was passionate about her work and always made sure everyone around her was well taken care of. She was very kind and was one of those people who would give you the shirt on her back and the last dime and still promise you more.

During her tenure in Jamaica, Thicketts United Church was her home church, and when she moved to North Carolina, she became an active member of the Church of Christ in Sylva N.C. She spent time with members of her church doing needle work and crochet until she became ill and could no longer attend that church.

Joyce loved the Lord and would often share about the goodness of God with everyone in her path. She would always tell her son Adolph, “if you don’t do anything on Sunday go to church.”

Joyce was a loving and kind person who cared deeply for her children and her family. She always made sure to keep in touch with everyone, either by phone or mail. She was greatly loved by her family, friends and associates because she touched the lives of everyone with prayers, encouragement and monetary gifts. She was a peacemaker, a pillar and a tower of strength in the family.

Her legacy to carry on by her children, Carl Barrett, son in New Jersey, Guyline and Paul Jenkins, daughter in Texas, Dona and Theodore Douglas, daughter in California, Adolph Gordon, son in North Carolina; siblings, Cecile, sister, and Donald, brother, in Jamaica; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and hosts of other relatives and friends.

Death takes the body.

God takes the soul.

Our mind holds the memories.

Our heart keeps the love.

Our faith lets us know we’ll meet again.


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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., is serving the family.