Joyce B. Welch Tranter (Koodaloo), 84, of the Big Cove Community, went to her Heavenly home on Thursday, May 21, 2020. The daughter of the late Edna Welch, she is preceded in death by her sister, Gwendolyn Wray Gleason; grandmother, Maude Welch; mother, Edna Welch; and ex-husband and friend, Harold Tranter.
Joyce is survived by her son, David Keith Tranter Sr. along with her grandchildren, David (Jordan) Tranter Jr., Tabitha Tranter, Kayla (Michael) Winchester, Ryan Tranter, Carisa McGuire, Shane (Holly) Dresselhaus, and Jesse Dresselhaus. In addition, she leaves behind her great grandchildren, Lane Dugan, Karizma and Mckenzey McGuire; Ayla, Alaia, and Lexi Tranter; Edgar and Hunter Winchester; Neveah Owle; Demetri and Norman Dresselhaus; also other relatives, Nikki Nations, Regina Crowe, Tracy French, Perry Shell, Troy Gleason Sr., and Troy Gleason Jr.
Joyce was a retired executive secretary and a member of the Big Cove Baptist Church. She absolutely loved her grandchildren. She adored her dog Puddles. She named all of her beloved dogs Puddles. She worked for Qualla Housing and Cooper Enterprises for many years. She loved being a Sunday School Teacher as well as treasurer for Big Cove Baptist Church.
The family will have a limited viewing on Tuesday, May 26 at Big Cove Baptist Church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a limited gathering funeral at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A burial will immediately follow the funeral in the Bradley Welch Cemetery in the Birdtown Community. Pastor Bo Parris will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Troy Gleason Sr., Troy Gleason Jr., Michael Winchester, Ryan Tranter, David Tranter Jr., and Perry Shell.
Long House Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.