Lela Joyce Brister Smithie
Lela Joyce Brister Smithie was born August 10, 1937, to Early Ray and Geneva Lois Brister.
She called Ruth her home for most of her life. Her faith in Jesus ensured her true home was in Heaven, and Joyce was called to that eternal home February 20, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother; one brother, Hugh Denver Brister; one sister, Mildred Earline Walker; her husband, Donald Smithie, and her son, Ronny Smithie.
Survivors include her daughter, Bonita Smithie Britt of Ruth; her sister, Mary Edwards, and husband, Jimmy, of Bush, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Barbara Randall, and husband, Gene, of Jayess; sister-in-law, Patsy Parkman, and husband, Lowry, of Jayess, and two grandsons, Jonathan Britt of Ruth and Stuart Britt and wife, Ashlee, of Madison. Joyce was blessed with three great grandchildren whom she loved dearly— Addi, Benna and Judah.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 22, 2019, at Providence Baptist Church with burial at Ruth Cemetery.