Joyce Virginia Harris, age 81 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Shamrock, Florida to the late Wesley and Juanita Hurst Petty and grew up in Cross City, Florida. As a teenager, she travelled to Fernandina Beach and met the love of her life, Earl F. Harris on a blind date. After they married, and because of his service in the US Army, they travelled the world together, which was the catalyst for her love of travel later in life.
Joyce had an adventurous, unquenchable zest for life, and though that life would sometimes throw trials and tribulations in her path, she always maintained a sense of strength, setting the highest example for all who knew her. On her many journeys throughout the world, Joyce would often take her whole family with her, most recently she went zip-lining in the Dominican Republic at the request of her great-granddaughter, Brilee.
Joyce enjoyed going out to eat, cruising and playing with her great grandchildren. Her family and friends meant the world to her and she will be sorely missed.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl F. Harris; infant son, Earl Wesley Harris; daughter, Terry Hatton and granddaughter, Mindy Harris.
She leaves behind her son, Foster Harris and his wife Gail of Fernandina Beach, Florida; daughter, Ginger Andrews and her husband Walter of Fernandina Beach; brothers, Dwayne Petty and Dwight (Wanette) Petty both of Cross City, Florida; sisters, Wanda Petty, Gail Petty both of Cross City, Florida; grandchildren, Tara, Eric, Tiffanie, Thomas, Michael and Nickie; great-grandchildren, Bret Griffen, Morghan, Athan, Joshua, Matthew, “Tag”, River, Brilee, Presley , Evan and one great-great grandchild on the way.
Pallbearers will be Eric Hatton, Thomas Hatton, Michael Harris, Bret Griffin, Joshua Coyle, Matthew Johnson and “Tag” Garcia.
Musicians will be Pat Davis and Charlene Price
Funeral Services will be at 3:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Spring Hill Baptist Church with Chaplain Jackie Hayes officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until the hour of service at the church.
She will be laid to rest in Wilder Cemetery.