Joyce Edwards West

May 31, 1933 - June 16, 2015
Joyce Edwards West


Wilmington- Mrs. Joyce Edwards West, 82 of Wilmington passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

Mrs. West grew up in Bladenboro, NC and was the daughter of the late Earl L. Edwards and Stella Davis Edwards.

She graduated from Bladenboro High school in the class of 1950 and then from secretary school (Hardbarger in Raleigh, NC) She worked at Bladenboro School until her marriage  to Leon West (formerly of White Oak) on November 17, 1956. After that, she put all of her energy into being the best wife and mother she could be. We believe she greatly surpassed this goal. She later returned to the workforce and retired from LabCorp in 1994. Joyce loved her family and also loved serving our Lord. She was a member of Oleander United Methodist Church for 43 years.  She was a member of the choir and United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed volunteering at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and also provided meals for the workers with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries (W.A.R.M.) which her husband helped to establish.  She was the most proud of this work because it was helping others. If you knew Joyce, you know she had the heart of a humble servant who preferred to work quietly in the background. We all loved her dearly and will miss her beyond words. 

Mrs. West is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leon E. West; four children, David West and wife Donna, Susan Pope and husband Jeff, Cindi Warner and husband Ed and Danny West and wife Tiffany; two grandchildren, Deana Pope and Matthew West; three sisters, Mary Wiltison of Arlington, VA., Carolyn Gurkin of Whiteville, NC and Ruth Pifer of Germantown, MD; one brother, Donald Edwards of Oak Island, NC. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Lenwood Edwards and Mable Gaskill.

Visitation will be Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Oleander United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 10-11:00 AM. The service will follow at 11:00 am in the Church. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. The burial will be in the West Family Cemetery on Hwy. 53W in White Oak, NC at 3:00 PM. Rev. Jimmie Tatum will be officiating the service.

Memorials may be made to, Oleander United Methodist Church @5810 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation @ 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries @ 20 N. 4th St. Harrelson Center, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • June 18, 2015
    Larry Jackson says:
    Cindi, my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I remember our discussion down in Olathe and knew you were concerned then. Take care and GOD bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  • June 17, 2015
    Lawrence Smith says:
    Leon and Family, You are in our hearts and prayers. We love you, Lawrence and Pat

  • June 17, 2015
    louise perkins says:
    My heart goes out to all of the West family for the loss of your wonderful wife and Mother.....My God bless each one of you...... Louise Perkins

  • June 17, 2015
    Dawn Naughton says:
    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you Leon and family.Joyce was one of a kind.What a privilege it was to be around her at church. She was very encouraging. I have lost a beloved friend and Heaven has gained another angel. Love u all.♥

  • June 17, 2015
    Becky Perkins Thornton says:
    So sorry to hear of the death of your mom. She was such a sweet lady and so kind. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.