Joyce Francis Bascombe

HAMPTON - Joyce Ann Francis Bascombe quietly passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013 in her home at the age of 56. Joyce was the older of two children born to the proud parents of Ruth Davis Francis and the late Fleming Francis on Saturday, July 28, 1956 at Whitaker Memorial Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. She was reared in Hampton, Virginia where she grew up in a loving Christian home. She was a 1974 graduate of Bethel High School. She held a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton Institute (presently Hampton University) and a Master of Science degree from Old Dominion University. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Lambda Omega Chapter. Joyce had a genuine love for children and teaching. She touched the lives of many children in and out of the classroom. Her father, Fleming H. Francis, preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Ronald A Bascombe; her mother, Ruth Davis Francis, her brother Jerome Francis (Jerry) who she always affectionately called "Jerr"; a mother in law, Linda Bascombe; father in law Reynold Bascombe (Margaret); two nieces Shayla and Crystal; one nephew, Andre; her best friend, Juanita Smith; four God children, Stephen and Elijah Brown, and Benjamin and Zachary Stanley and a host of cousins, friends, wonderful co-workers, church family, and especially all of her students since 1979. Viewing will be held on Sunday, January 27, from 4-6 pm at Berceuse Funeral and Cremation. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 28 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Denbigh Newport News, VA. Internment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens. The family will assemble at 835 Thimbleby Dr. Newport News, VA at 10:00 am on Monday. Services are entrusted to Poole's Funeral Home 8721 Colonial Trail East Smithfield, VA 23430.

Published in Daily Press on Jan. 26, 2013