Joyce A. Bass Goodman Binkley

October 7, 1928 - June 22, 2009
Joyce A. Bass Goodman Binkley


Joyce Bass Binkley of Wilmington died June 22, 2009 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter surrounded by her family. 

She was born October 7, 1928 in Erwin NC, daughter of the late Luther Liston Bass and Elemn Warwick Bass Bishop; granddaughter of Hosea Elemn, and Mary Carter Warwick of Sampson Co. Joyce was predeceased by two husbands: Joseph Gordon Goodman Jr, and Henry Clayton Binkley. Two brothers; Jackie Marlon Bass, and Julius Liston Bishop. 

Joyce is survived by her three children, Joseph (Joie) Goodman III of Carolina Beach; Janna Annette Goodman Williams of Wilmington, Jack (Bo) Goodman of Kure Beach, and her two Grandchildren: Jason Ross Williams, and Karl Clayton Warwick Williams, both of Wilmington, and special son-in-law, Karl David Williams of Arlington Va. Her beloved companion Pierre. One stepson, Michael Robert Binkley his wife Lori Binkley and two grandchildren, Michelle Binkley and Joseph Binkley, and her beloved nephew, Peter Warwick and wife Ellen. Joyce was raised in Erwin, NC. She attended Business School in Raleigh, and was employed by CPL for many years.

Joyce attended St. James, and St. Andrew Episcopal Church On-the-Sound. Her fondest memories were of her early dedication to St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Erwin, when she was 12 years of age.

Joyce held a life-time membership in the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. She served as Chairman of the American Cancer Society and was active in the Democratic Party. Joyce was on the original Board of Domestic Violence and helped organize the “Vintage Value Store”. She received the state “Appreciation Award” for her help in services rendered to NC and its people, an award she cherished. Joyce was proud of her membership in the Duplin and Sampson County Historical Society; Daughters of the Confederacy; past presidency of the Ft. Fisher Chapter, and Blockade Runner Chapter. She was, at the time of her death, a member of the John Stewart Chapter. Joyce also cherished her membership and activities in the DAR, and the Stamp Defiance Chapter; the Colonial Dames of the VII Century; the Jamestown Society of Virginia: The Huguenot and Mayflower Society, and First Families of North Carolina.

Joyce was well versed in history and found much pleasure in historical research and sharing her research with others. She was particularly proud of Joseph Bass, her great-grandfather who was wounded on the first day at Gettysburg, in the War Between the States. Likewise, Issac Bass, her great grandfather was wounded at Ft. Fisher. Robert Allen Carter, her great grandfather, who served at Bentonville, along side his father, John, (her g.g.grandfather). 

Joyce was a friend to many and generous to many causes and many people. She traveled much in her life, but Wilmington was her beloved home. 

A Celebration of Joyce’s life will be held 11:00 am, Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Saint Andrews On-the-Sound Church. Reception following in Fellowship Hall, where the family will receive friends.
There will be a Memorial Service 11:00 am, Saturday, June 27 in Erwin, NC at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Inurnment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1416 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Stamp Defiance Chapter NSDAR ,5900 Greenville Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com 

Joyce tried to live her life by a quote from Mother Teresa, “We can easily do small things with great love.” Her graciousness and sense of humor will live forever. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you and appreciation to all of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter Staff for all of their loving care and support.

A special thank you to Dr. Martin Conley and Joyce’s many friends and caregivers. 

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • June 24, 2009
    Mary Anne Wood says:
    My mother, Lorena Hobbs Jackson, and Joyce were the greatest of friends growing up in Erwin. When Joyce would visit I would hear tales of their younger days in Erwin, along with their friends, Ruby, Jenny, Jackie and many others. I lost my mother 13 yrs ago and still miss her greatly. Please remember the good times that all of you had together and cherish them. Mary Anne

  • June 25, 2009
    Vera Weiss, Chamber of Commerce says:
    I am saddened by Joyce's passing. She not only helped the Chamber to grow tremendously through her membership recruitment efforts, she was a friend to me as well. I'll miss her beautiful blue eyes, her calls and interesting attempts to influence us on her political causes. Although I won't be able to attend her service, please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. She was very proud of her family and spoke very lovingly about you all. Take care... Vera Weiss VP, Organization Development Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

  • June 24, 2009
    Crickett Worley Stubbs says:
    Dear Bimbo, Janna and Joie, I was so saddened to read that your mom had passed away. What a wonderful spirit Joyce had, fun-loving, with an exceptional sense of humor, yet a "straight shooter" for sure. You always knew where Joyce stood on things, and she didn't mind letting you know how she felt. But that was the beauty of her personality. When I think of her, I can't help but smile. I know you will miss her greatly, and she will be so missed by her many friends and everyone who had the opportunity to meet her. I hope you all are doing well. Please know that I still think of you often, and the good times we had. You are in my deepest thoughts and prayers during this tough time. Much Love, Crickett Stubbs

  • June 26, 2009
    Phyllis Durda says:
    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Joyce Binkley. Hope she did not suffer much from her illness. May she rest in peace. Phyllis Durda

  • June 27, 2009
    Thomas Wotton, Surgeon Chapter CDXVII Century says:
    The Thomas Wotton, Surgeon chapter of the North Carolina Society Colonial Dames 17th Century would like to express their most sincere sympathy to the family of Joyce Binkley. Joyce was an inspiration to those who knew her and worked with her. She helped at local, state and national levels with her abilities. She will be missed. Jean Clay, Secretary