Joyce Kessler

September 16, 1946 ~ March 12, 2019

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Bristol, TN

Joyce B. Kessler, 72, of Blountville, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Johnson City, a daughter of the late Thurman Columbus and Ura Princess Compton Leonard. She graduated with a Bachelors of Education from Milligan College, going on the obtain her Masters later on. She taught at Evangel Christian Academy for over twenty-two years. Joyce attended River of Life Baptist Church in Piney Flats. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Rod Kessler. Survivors include: two children, Helene (Adam) Pritchett and Noelle (Matt) Rivera; three siblings, Priscilla Raver, Linda Huntsberry, and Thomas (Diane) Leonard; and five grandchildren, Harrison, Isabella, Cole, Lorelei, and Betsy. The family of Joyce Kessler will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at River of Life Baptist Church, 823 N Austin Springs Rd, Piney Flats. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM, officiated by Reverend Donnie Humphreys. A committal service will be held afterward at 1:00 PM at Washington County Memory Gardens.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. Losing a parent or close family member hurts so deeply. May your memories carry you forward and lift you out of darkness during these days of heavy grief. I used to look at her in college and beyond and think she was so smart and accomplished. The things you write about her life certainly reinforce my thoughts as a child/ teenager. My sympathies to the whole family.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We will truly miss Joyce and her sweet ways! May you rest in Gods arms until we meet you and Rod again. We love you Joyce!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am so heartbroken to hear about my dear sweet Aunts passing. She is dancing and clogging her way around Heaven! That’s for sure! Helene, Noelle and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life with you. I will see you at our Reunion this Summer. Love you More, Tina

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers!??????????????????????????

  5. Anonymous says:

    Joyce was a dear friend and role model of the Christian faith. She was also a teacher coworker at (Evangel) Gahanna Christian Academy. She was a prayer warrior for staff and students. We send our love and prayers to the entire family.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Many happy memories of time spent with Joyce. She was a very important part of my younger years. My heart aches for the family left behind.

  7. Anonymous says:

    May the peace of the Lord be with you. She was a sweet angel on earth and now she is in heaven praising our God. Much love and prayers Aunt Marie

  8. Anonymous says:

    We love you so much Joyce, but rejoice that you are with Jesus. You had such a beautiful spirit. What a positive influence you were to all of us. You will be forever in our hearts.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We were saddened to hear the news of Joyce?s passing. Joyce was Tiffiny?s 2nd grade teacher and made a difference in her life. Praying for family and close friends as they say goodbye to Joyce. See you one day in heaven. ??

  10. Anonymous says:

    So sorry. I remember Joyce and Rod from Christ Temple and enjoyed worshiping with them. A beautiful couple. Thoughts and prayers are for you. Iris (Goodson) Sexton

  11. Anonymous says:

    Oh, our hearts are so heavy at this news. Sorry to have just now seen Joyce?s obituary. Our love and prayers go to you girls and your families. We have loved your parents for many years and have Missed Rod deeply. Now we will also miss Your dear mother. May the Lord be with you during this time of sorrow. We love you And we know there will be a day when we join Rod and Joyce and dance with them and our reunion.

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