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1949 JOYCE 2024


August 23, 1949 — January 25, 2024

Joyce Edna Barnes, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away on January 25, 2024, in Midlothian, Texas. She was born on August 23, 1949 in Lubbock, Texas to her loving parents, Jesse Aaron Hightower Sr and Eva Pearl Hightower.

Joyce was a vibrant and lively woman who brightened the lives of everyone she met. She had an infectious sense of humor and a joyful spirit that made her the life of every party. She had a heart full of love and compassion and never hesitated to lend a helping hand. Joyce had a strong faith in God and was a praying mother who instilled religious values in her children.

Throughout her life, Joyce had an unwavering dedication to her family. Her proudest accomplishments were her three daughters: Tammy Stoglin, Wendy Perkins, and Sheenah Starlin (Brandon). As a mother, she showered them with unconditional love and support. Joyce cherished every moment spent with her children and was immensely proud of their achievements.

Joyce found joy in simple pleasures such as cooking delicious meals for her loved ones. Her family will forever treasure the memories of Fish Fridays (you must buy it) when she would whip up delectable seafood dishes that brought everyone together. Their taste buds will always long for the flavors she infused into each meal.

When Joyce wasn't busy creating tasty culinary delights or caring for her family, she embraced hobbies that brought her immense happiness. Watching movies allowed her to escape into different worlds and indulge in captivating stories. Gospel music uplifted her soul and provided solace during difficult times. These hobbies served as outlets through which she could express herself fully.

An exceptional woman with a magnetic personality like Joyce's naturally attracted friends from all walks of life. She never met a stranger; her warm smile and genuine interest in others made them feel welcome and cherished. Her ability to connect with people on a deep level left a lasting impact on everyone she met.

Joyce had a deep love for her family and maintained close relationships with her surviving loved ones. Her brother, Jesse A. Hightower Jr., was not only her sibling but also her confidant and friend. They shared an unbreakable bond that will continue even in her absence. Joyce will also be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Brittani Herford, Breshard Walton, Braylon Stoglin, Arianna Perkins, Alaysia Perkins, Amaya Perkins, Azaria Perkins, Akayla Perkins, Bryce Starlin, and Braxton Starlin, as well as a host of great-grandchildren.  She was deeply loved by many nephews, great nieces and cousin who will forever hold her in their hearts.

Joyce was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Hightower, sister Barbara Earl Hightower, nephew Corey D. Hightower, and grandson Brock Starlin. 

To honor the life and legacy of Joyce Edna Barnes, a viewing event will be held on February 2nd at the Golden Gate Funeral Home and a Crematory in Dallas, Texas. The viewing will take place from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their address at 4155 S R. L. Thornton Fwy.

Joyce's departure has left an irreplaceable void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Though she may no longer be physically present amongst us, her spirit will endure through the countless memories she created and the love she shared so generously.

As we bid farewell to Joyce Edna Barnes, let us take solace in knowing that she has reunited with her loved ones who have gone before her. May we find comfort in each other's embrace during this time of grief and remember that the love and laughter Joyce brought into our lives will continue to inspire us for years to come.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, February 2, 2024

12:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)


4155 S R. L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75224

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Celebration Of Life for JOYCE EDNA BARNES

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

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