Joyce Ann Williams Easley Lavender was born in Savannah, TN on September 8, 1950, to the late Elmer and Robbie Williams. She departed this life on Thursday, May 11, 2023 in Chesapeake, VA, at the age of 72 years. She was united in marriage to Samuel Scottie Easley on June 7, 1986, who preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Monty Lavender on January 28, 2023, who survives. She retired from the Hardin County Health Department after 28 years. She lived her life in service as a member of Sharon Baptist church in Savannah, Tennessee, and Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA. She was active in the music ministry, a Sunday school teacher, and traveled to numerous countries on mission trips. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kristi Denson of Chesapeake, VA, and Kelli Mealer (Chris) of Cordova, TN; step children Sheila Cox (Butch) of Savannah, TN , Sammy Easley (Sissy) of Savannah, TN, and Scottina Pickens (Kenny) of Smyrna, TN; grandchildren, Cyrus and Ethan Russo of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Jamison Mealer of Cordova, Tennessee; 12 step grandchildren; 15 step great grandchildren; her brother, Keith Williams, and his wife Annette of Fincastle, VA; and nephew, Clayton Williams (Ann) of Fincastle, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her sister Gail Williams and step-daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Roger Burns.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Sharon Baptist Church General Fund or Missionary Fund.