Joyce A. Bass Goodman Binkley

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

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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. 

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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 28, 2009
    Sandra Scronce, Regent David Williams DAR says:
    The David Williams Chapter NCSDAR send their sincere sympathy to Joyce's family. She was an associate member of our chapter last year and had been other times to visit with Mae Ellen Warwick. She was a dear lady who had a smile for all of us, and a sense of humor we all loved. We will miss her. Sandra Scronce, Regent

  • June 29, 2009
    Frankie Clayton Trask says:
    Dear Bimbo Joie, and Janna, I am so sorry to here about the loss of your Mom. What a unique and wonderful woman! We have kept in touch through the years and she would let me know how all of you were doing. I feel so blessed to have you in my life! My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love always, Frankie

  • July 06, 2009
    Kathy Dew Gwinn says:
    Joie, Janna and Bimbo I was very sorry to hear about the recent passing of your mother. I always enjoyed seeing her on her visits to Raleigh when she came by to see Mom and Dad. The stories and adventures were always entertaining and it was evident how much she loved her family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • July 06, 2009
    Marian Williamson says:
    Joyce Binkley was a great help to me when I was the area director for the American Cancer Society. She was enthusiastic and determined to succeed at our goal AND was willing to put the work in to make that happen. I especially enjoyed times when we ate dinner or traveled to Raleigh together and she had time to share her stories. I pray God will flood your minds with many happy memories of a very special lady.

  • June 25, 2009
    Bunny Dupree says:
    Janna,Joie and Bimbo, My mother, Ruby Denning Thomas was a classmate and friend to your mother. Mother, myself and my brother would travel to Greenville to visit. I remember what great times it was to visit. When your mother would come to Erwin for a visit she, mother and several other friends would stay up late talking and laughing. Losing a parent is one of life's hardest lessons. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.