GASTONIA - Joyce Barton Thomas McCullen, 55, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 5, 2012, at Gaston
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Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 11, 1957, daughter of the late James Howard Barton and Doris Hardin Clark.
Joyce was a store manager for AutoZone in Shelby for the last eight years. She was a very hardworking, giving person who enjoyed her home life. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.
Survivors of Mrs. McCullen include her husband Bobby K. McCullen Sr. of Gastonia; son, Sgt. Larry Gene Thomas, Jr., US Army and wife Amanda of Ft. Hood TX; step-children and spouses, Wayne and Angelia McCullen of Gastonia; Dr. Bobby, Jr. and Chris McCullen of Belmont; Paige and Jorge Mes-quita of Lake Wylie, SC; grandson, Levi Thomas; nine step-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and George Swinney; Pamela and Ronnie Rymer, all of Dalton, GA; Becky and Gary Minor of Chatsworth, GA; Violet Marlow of Andrews, NC; brother and sister-in-law, James and Myra Barton of Jacksonville, FL; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Friday at Myers Memorial United Methodist Church.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Clyde Penry officiating.
Interment will follow the service at Evergreen, A Quiet Place.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Myers Memorial UMC, Pastor's Help Fund, 301 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mrs. McCullen.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 6, 2012