Published On: Tue, Feb 27th, 2018

Joyce Sprinkle – obituary



WEAVERVILLE – Joyce Sprinkle, age 80 of Weaverville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Johnson City, Tenn. at the home of her son, Lewis, who was her caregiver.

Mrs. Sprinkle was born March 24, 1937 in Swain County to the late Dock and Martha Bradley Smith. Joyce was raised on the Cherokee Reservation and was extremely proud of her heritage as a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She attended Baylor University in Texas and Lees McRae College for her degree in registered nursing. She was an RN at St. Joseph Hospital and Yancey County Hospital in Burnsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lewis Sprinkle who died in 2014.

Surviving are her sons, Lewis Sprinkle and Kelly Sprinkle and wife Michelle; sisters, Jean Jones, Ruth Ann Jeans, Mary Ward and husband Jim, Linda Bryson and husband Mike and Cindy Smith; brothers, John Smith and wife Joann, Dock Smith Jr. and wife Althea Mae, and Bill Smith and wife Arlene;  grandchildren, Aden and Addison Sprinkle; and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Locust Grove Baptist Church with Rev.’s Ben Whitmire and Cecil Hopps officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Locust Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 305 Locust Grove Rd., Weaverville, NC 28787.

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