WILLIAMSBURG - Joyce Alexander White died on Wednesday, July 24th at the age of 74 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. A lifelong humanitarian, educator, leader and advocate, Joyce's commitment to her family and the enhancement of the quality of life for all fellow human beings was the driving force of her life. She worked as an editor at the National Center for State Courts, taught at Walsingham Academy in both the upper and lower schools, obtained her master's degree in education from the College of William and Mary's School of Education, and held a national position with the Title 1 Program at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. Joyce served her community as a tireless and motivated volunteer often taking leadership positions with the organizations she served. She was a past president of the Williamsburg Womens' Club, former president of the Kingspoint Garden Club, former treasurer of the St. Andrew's Society of Williamsburg, former Chapter Honorary Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution Williamsburg Chapter, historian of the Descendants of the Order of Ancient Planters, and treasurer of the St. Thomas a' Beckett Priory, Commandery of the Holy Isle of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar of the USA). She was a proud member of the St. Andrews Society of Williamsburg where she organized the Allison McCall charitable golf tournament for CHKD and served on many committees. She taught Sunday School and organized the youth group at Bruton Parish. She found her life's calling volunteering for Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg. She is survived by her husband, Jim White, of Williamsburg; her two daughters, Liz White and her husband, Dean, of Williamsburg, VA, and Wendy Silliman and her husband, Todd, of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, and two sisters, LeeAnn McCall and her husband, Ron, of Great Bridge, VA, and Jamie Griffin and her husband, Rob, of Williamsburg, VA. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Bruton Parish Church, Duke of Gloucester Street, with Reverend Chris Epperson and David Tetrault officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Joyce White be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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Published in Daily Press on July 26, 2013