Joyce Parker, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the age of 59 due to Covid19 complications. Joyce was born on June 2, 1961 in Eden, North Carolina to Phillip and Trudy (Nolen) Bryant. On April 8, 1989, she married Mike Parker. They raised one son, Zachary, and one daughter, Emily. Joyce had a passion for teaching children. She was a devoted teacher’s aide at Montvale Elementary School for over 20 years. Joyce also loved teaching Sunday school at Maryville Church of Christ. Preceded in death by: father, Phillip; mother, Trudy; brother, Kevin. She is survived by: husband of 31 years, Mike; two children, Zach and Emily; sisters, Janet Keever & brother-in-law, Tom of Hickory, NC and Betty Brinson of Thomasville, GA, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on November 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 until 4:00, Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Life Event Center, 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville, TN 37803. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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