Mount Juliet, TN-Joyce B. Montgomery of Mount Juliet, TN, formerly of Ronceverte, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, following a short illness.
Joyce led a full life. She was skilled in cards and other games, competing with friends and family up until her final days. She loved spending time with friends and family and maintained friendships near and far for her entire life. She travelled extensively, experiencing much of the United States and many other countries including Italy, Australia, China, Mexico, Ireland and Austria. When college basketball season began, she followed avidly. UVA games always commanded her attention, although she also cheered on Virginia Tech football and basketball to keep peace in the family.
She was an active member of the PEO sorority during her time living in West Virginia and in Tennessee. She was a deacon in Ronceverte Presbyterian Church and continued to virtually attend the church after moving to Tennessee in 2011.
Joyce was born on Sept. 10, 1938, and was a retired teacher from Greenbrier County, and from Richmond, VA, where she taught for over 30 years. She graduated from Cornwall High School in Cornwall, PA; Marion College in Marion, VA, and West Hampton College (now University of Richmond) in Richmond, VA.
She is survived by her sons, Steve (Anne) Montgomery, Brad (Tabby) Montgomery, and Doug (Lara) Montgomery; her four grandchildren, Sean, Cassandra, Erin, and Lane; sister, Susan Rhoad, and brother, Thomas Gillie. Joyce was loved by an extended family of nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Montgomery, her brother, Andrew Boyle, and her parents, Louise and Nathan Brown.
Funeral services will be held at Ronceverte Presbyterian Church Saturday, Nov. 4. Visitation will begin at the Church at 1 p.m., followed by a service at 2 p.m. Following the service, the family welcomes all guests to a reception at the General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg, WV.
In lieu of flowers, it is kindly asked that donations be made to the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, 261 Locust Street, Ronceverte, WV 24970.
Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Murfreesboro, TN.