Yanceyville, NC -
Joyce Mae Echols Carter was born in Pittsylvania County, Va. on September 5, 1951. She was a daughter of the late James Vernon Echols and Mae Pearl Newby Echols. Joyce departed this earthly life and was welcomed home by her Lord on August 23, 2018.
Joyce’s love for God was confessed on January 13, 1985 and she became a member of Sassafras Grove Baptist Church. She encouraged her children to attend church and to learn the goodness of God.
Joyce graduated Caswell County High School (Dillard) in 1969 and furthered her education at Alamance Community College. She received an Applied Associates of Science Degree in Accounting. She dedicated 30 years of service to Laboratory Corporation of America located in McCleansville, N.C. She was instrumental in creating and improving programs for the company before her retirement in April 2016 as a Branch Manager.
Joyce participated in several fundraisers in Alamance and Caswell County, such as the March of Dimes, Cancer Awareness, and she was featured in an article by the Caswell Messenger for the Red Cross Foundation on November 9, 2000. She loved gardening, traveling and mostly taking care of her family. She was loved by everyone who met her.
Her survivors are four children, Vincent Carter (Natalie), Charmaine Wheat (Jamison), Clifton Carter, and Quenton Carter; seven brothers, James Echols, Howard Echols (Tammy), Melvin Echols (Sandra), Tommy Echols, Tony Echols, David Echols (Josephine) and Jerry Echols; four sisters, Sharon Long (Rev. John), Doris Wright, Sonya Echols and Wanda Williamson; grandchildren: J’Mil and Acoriana Wilson, Justin Carter, Ceonna and Quenasha Carter, Jamison Wheat II, Christian and Ivy Carter; three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends including a special friend Jimmy Graves, aunt-Alberta Wilson and uncle-Noble (Maynard) Echols.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Gail Denise Echols and Mary Helen Echols Crowder.