Joyce Dean Wood Adams, 81, of Sylva passed away at Mission Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, after a brief illness.
She was born March 9, 1940, to Dell and Cora Lowe Wood of the Caney Fork community, where she lived until she married Carl Adams March 31, 1962, and made her home in the Locust Creek community.
Known fondly as Fuzzy, she worked in various sewing plants and at The Sylva Herald office. Her best job was being the wife of an ordained minister and pastor’s wife. She rarely missed a service with Carl unless she was sick. She always felt it was her job to support him, and that she did. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents; one brother, Billie; and two sisters, Hilda Fisher and Jackie Brown.
Surviving are her husband, Rev. Carl Adams; one brother, Cooter Wood, and one sister, Priscilla “Sally” Brown, both of Sylva. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Gladys Mills of Sylva. Her pride and joys were her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Aunt Fuzzy will always hold such a special place in their hearts.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. The Revs Marcus Owen, Mark Styles and Avery Brown officiated.
The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed at the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Parris, Jason Parris, Jacob Parris, Chuck Middleton, Tuck Brown and Odell Lovedahl.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice, or this spring plant some flowers in her memory.