Rose Joyce Hensley Boyer, of Sandston, Virginia, passed away from vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s on Dec. 19, 2019, in Sandston, Virginia.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1929, in Monroe County, Tennessee. She was the oldest daughter of seven children of (Chief of Police) Erskin and Ana Ada Lindsey Hensley (owner of the Hollywood Restaurant on Highway 411) of Madisonville in Monroe County, Tennessee.
She was 90 years old.
Joyce’s teaching career ran from the late 1940s in the Monroe County School System to North Carolina (while Frank was in the Army-82nd Airborne), and then in the Henrico County, Virginia, school district (Sandston and Adams elementary schools) when she retired after 10 years in the early 70s.
Before Alzheimer’s destroyed her memory, she published a memoir about her siblings, marriage, family, and raising two daughters (“Absent-Minded Ramblings: Stories About Growing up in Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee” (Amazon]).
She wrote and published five fiction and mystery books.
She started showing signs of Alzheimer’s immediately after her husband’s death (2004) and became dependent on in-home care from her daughters the last three years.
She was preceded in death by: her grandparents, William (Wash) W. and Eliza Ann Lee Hensley, and David (Russ) R. and Francis (Mammie) M. Veal Lindsey; her parents; her husband of more than 50 years, Franklin J. Boyer; her in-laws, Harold W. and Margaret Tobias Boyer; brother, Vernon R. Hensley and sister-in-law, Genola S. Hensley; brother, Edward W. Hensley; sister and brother-in-law, Willie Ann Hensley and Sandy Whitehead; two brothers-in-law, Roscoe J. Watson, and John (Buzz) Barr; brother and sister-in-law, Walter J. and Delores B. Minder; and grandson, Shaun A. Sorensen.
Survivors include: her daughters and son-in-law, Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D., and James M. Stallings, and NaTasha B. Kasarda, R.N., and fiancé James Kemp;
Brother and sister-in-law, Wendell W. and Judith L. Hensley;
Sisters and brother-in-law, Fonda H. and Jim Angel, and Freda H. Barr;
Sister-in-law, Pauline R. (Best) Hensley;
Brother and sister-in-law, Harold (Hal) K. and Jane A. Boyer;
Grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and spouses, Killian B. Eckhout, Brandon B. and Natalie Sorensen, Jessica C. Stallings-Guzon and Joshua Guzon, and Rachel M. Stallings.
Great-grandchildren, Liam Christopher Shaun Little, Levi Allen Brothers, Emma Sorensen, Joseph Guzon, and Alexander B., Matthew A., and Andrew M. Sorensen;
Dozens of Lindsey, Hensley, Veal, Lee, Mills, Ivens, Mullins, McLemore, Starritt, Grant, Birchfield, and Picklesimer family members, and nieces and nephews.
Joyce did not wish to have a funeral service or memorial service.
She wanted to be buried next to her beloved husband, Frank. Her cremains will be interred at Washington Memorial Park in Sandston, Virginia, with arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home (Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia).
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers generous donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Organization, at www.alz.org or 1-800-272-3900, in hopes of finding a cure for this horrible, evil disease.
Find A Grave – Memorial ID# — Frank – 189201563
Find A Grave – Memorial ID# — Joyce – 205627322
Find A Grave – Memorial ID# — Erskin – 51786350
Find A Grave – Memorial ID# — Ada – 51786348