TUSCALOOSA | Joyce Spencer Clifton, age 78, of Tuscaloosa, died May 2, 2014, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. William Holley and Bob Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
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She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Thelma Spencer; and her grandson, Blake Brannon.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Roy Clifton; daughters, Lori Brannon (John Floyd) and Belynda Smith (Rodney Smith); sisters, Aileen Dodson (Jim) and Judy Skinner; brother, Larry Spencer; grandchildren, Payne Brannon, Chase Smith, and Parker Smith.
"And whatsoever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men. Col. 3:23
Joyce Spencer Clifton was born on November 27, 1935 to Frank and Thelma Spencer. She was a loving wife, mother, Nana, and sister. She was a life-long member of Holten Heights Church of the Nazarene where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the board and served as treasurer for 25 years. In addition to her church activities, she enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and her many friends. Joyce was very involved in the DCH Breast Cancer support groups including Reach To Recovery. She lived a life of service to others and always put God first in all of her endeavors. She will be truly missed by so many. The impact of her life service will continue for generations to come in the many lives that she touched. She will always be remembered most for her loving and kind nature.
"Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up."
Pallbearers will be Payne Brannon, Chase Smith, Parker Smith, Jeff Skinner, Derek Dodson, and Kent Dodson.
Honorary pallbearers are members and friends of Holten Heights Church of the Nazarene, the Cornerstone Sunday School Class, the Prime Timers Group, 1950 – 1953 graduating classes of Holt High School, DCH Reach To Recovery - American Cancer Society, and employees of West Alabama Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to DCH Breast Cancer Fund, Holt Nazarene Church Building Fund, or Gideons International.
Published in Tuscaloosa News from May 5 to May 6, 2014