Vernelda Joyce Swain

November 7, 1937 - April 29, 2020
Vernelda Joyce Swain

Vernelda Joyce Swain, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Joyce was born on November 7, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan to William and Verona Newcom.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Billie Joe; son Phillip Joe and grandson James (Bubba) Croom, Jr.

She is survived by her son Art (Stephanie), grandchildren Megan Wilson and Nathan Swain.

Joyce was a true Christian and a firm believer in the Lord. She attended Compassion Church and Lighthouse in Rocky Point. For many years she worked for Tomlinson’s in Wilmington where she was well known. Joyce loved butterflies and never missed a Kentucky Derby!

Many thanks to the staff at the Senior Center of Burgaw where she loved to go and met many wonderful caring friends.

A celebration of life will be held later.

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  • May 01, 2020
    Harold & christine Adams says:
    She will be deeply missed. She always had a smile and a hug. The kindness and love she showed us will never be forgotten. Until we meet again Mrs Joyce. Love and peace to the entire family.

  • May 01, 2020
    Harold & christine Adams says:
    We are heartsick over your loss. We will never forget her sweet smile and all the love she showed us. Love and prayers to her friends and family.

  • May 01, 2020
    David Jones says:
    so sorry for your loss Art and family. God bless

  • July 24, 2021
    M. Lee Henning says:
    Micky Henning

  • July 24, 2021
    M. Lee Henning says:
    She wasn't "Vernnelda"! Long ago she had learned Vernnelda the only child of overly generous mother and an overindulgent father. Vernnelda was a stinker, but Joyce as good a cousin as anyone could hope. I'll see you soon, Micky