Joyce Holt Estes was reunited with her husband and love of her life, Nelson Estes on the morning of September 5, 2023. Nelson preceded her in death in 2007 and she missed him every day since then. This year would have made their 73rd wedding anniversary. Joyce grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and was a 1942 graduate of Treadwell High School.
More importantly, she was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She loved the Lord, her church and her family above all else. Her faith never faltered in her 97 years of life. She was baptized as an infant and at age 12, made a public profession of her faith. She was always active in the church serving in either a leadership or servant role. Positions she held through the years included youth leader, Sunday School teacher, President of the CPWM and Dorcas Circle, Session member, Session Clerk, Elder, President-elect of the Forked Deer Region, Forked Deer Nominating Committee, Hopewell Presbytery Commissioner to General Assembly, Bethel College Committee participant, Board of Directors for Camp Clark Williamson, Treasurer, Secretary, and President of the West Tennessee Synod, Women’s Ministries President, choir member and monthly church newsletter author.
At age 22, Joyce was recognized for perfect attendance in Sunday school for 22 straight years. Her parents, Frank Holt (1903-1980) and Mary Holt (1908-1997) provided a home that instilled the Christian foundation and were faithful role models their entire lives. She has one living brother, Jerry Holt (Buna) who resides in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. She is preceded in death by a brother Jack Holt and sister, Jo Ann Holt.
Years of tap and ballet instruction led to performing at the Shell Amphitheater in Memphis with a traveling Broadway musical. After marrying Nelson, she loved the role of homemaker and mother to their four children, David Estes (1952-2017), Tim Estes (Joni), Paul Estes and Ellen Cary (Mark).
Civic groups Joyce was also involved in included DAR, Exchangettes, and substitute teaching in the Humboldt City School system. A hobby of cake decorating turned into making elaborate birthday cakes and wedding cakes for many years.
Later in life, grandchildren – Rachel Waite, Holly Rexroat (Austin), Brittny Estes, Taylor Hilliard, Hayden Cary (1991-2023), Dustin Harris, Taylor Estes (Cammy), Katy Estes, and Evan Estes brought her so much joy. Joyce also leaves 15 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews to treasure her memory.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 3 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church- Humboldt, TN with Rev. Tony Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 1 p.m. til service time at the church.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial contributions can be made to the church she loved so much.
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
2375 East Mitchell Street
Humboldt, Tennessee 38343