Joyce Ann Clark
August 28th, 1939 -June 3rd, 2021
Joyce Ann Clark (81) was born in Jefferson TX, to parents Claude Audrey McNew and Oma Addine Lummus. Joyce is survived by her siblings Jimmy McNew and Helen Higginbotham. She is also survived by five children, Sandra Lee Barnett, Ted Barnett Jr., Paul Barnett, Mark Barnett, and Sydney Davis-Gunnels; grandchildren Michael Gunnels and Joseph "JD" Gunnels; nieces and nephews Vicky Dudley, Jackie McNew, Robbie NcNew, Pam Adkinson and Kerri McNew, as well as many great and grand nieces and nephews.
Joyce attended White Oak High School and Solano community college. She retired from Contra Costa county schools, where she enjoyed every day she worked. Joyce was a foundational figure in women's Kajukenbo martial arts, having participated in the first women's tournament, black belted and placed prominently in subsequent events, and as an instructor she impacted the lives of her many students. Additionally Joyce was a creative, having participated in theater and band throughout school, met many of her friends through her love of independent country music, made and designed porcelain dolls and their garments, as well as shared her love of arts with her grandsons through making a variety of ornaments, wreaths, and figurines for family members. She was a loving and caring friend, always "peeking in" on her loved ones as she deeply cared about their daily lives, always being the first to lend an ear or shoulder to those in need. Joyce deeply loved her family, and was a huge presence throughout their lives. Her family and friends love and cherish her immensely, and will miss her strong-willed, feisty, and loving soul.
Published in Tennessean from Jun. 10 to Jun. 15, 2021.