CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
November 8, 1946 ~ March 14, 2019
Joyce Elaine Wilkins Hicks, 72, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Joyce Elaine Wilkins-Hicks was born on to Willis Reid Wilkins and Pattie Belle Perry in Franklin County, North Carolina.
Joyce received her formal education at FTCS Riverside High School, class of 1965, in Franklin County, NC. Joyce was a high school basketball player. Joyce can be remembered for making a 3-pointer in one of her games, only for the coach to bench her, this of course made her mad. Later she went on to attend New York University in New York NY.
Joyce spent more than 25 years employed with Lehman Brothers as an Administrative Assistant. Before retiring from the company, she had definitely left her mark with her personality and care loving nature.
Joyce accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and was a member of Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. There she served as a deaconess and in the music ministry. Joyce later became a member of Myers Tabernacle AME Zion Church where she served as a member of the willing workers ministry and the music ministry.
On July 2, 1991, Joyce was united in holy matrimony with Vincent Lewis Hicks in Brooklyn, New York. There were soulmates and the best of friends. Vincent loved Joyce since childhood. She was truly the love of his life.
Joyce had a smile that would brighten up the darkest room and soothe the saddest of hearts. She would give her all and give her last and never expected compensation of anything in return. She had a heart of gold and the spirit of an angel. Joyce will truly be missed.
In her leisure, Joyce enjoyed sewing, singing, watching football, modeling, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Joyce Elaine Wilkins-Hicks passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019. She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Reid Wilkins; mother, Pattie Belle Perry; and brother, Edward Earl Wilkins;
She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Vincent Lewis Hicks; daughter, Kia Staton (Perry); Stepdaughter, Lanelle Johnson (Joe); Stepsons, Ronnie Sullivan and Vincent Lewis Hicks, grandchildren, Kyaree Makai, Jordyn Naziere, Justin Thomas, Joshua Reid, Ajhana, Ronnie, Jr., Karter, Kenzie, Braelyn, and Naomi; sisters, Frances Ann Wilkins, Gloria Mae Wilkins Poochie, Haretta Marie Perry, Sharon Lee McCowan, Francheska Braswell, and Jonyette Branch (Fred); brothers, Victor Perry and Michael Hicks; nieces and nephews, Patricia Thornton, Falesha Wilkins, Byron McCowan, Zanesha McCowan, RaShawn White, Brandi Perry, Rebecca Braswell and Jonathan Branch, and a host of other loving family and friends.
A public viewing for Mrs. Joyce Wilkins-Hicks will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, at Boston's Mortuary 4300 Statesville Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28269.
The funeral service to celebrate Joyce's life will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Little Rock AME Zion Church 401 N. McDowell Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204. The visitation will begin at 12:00 PM and the funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM. Interment immediately following service at Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, 11201 Beatties Ford Road., Huntersville, North Carolina 28078.
The Wilkins-Hicks Family has entrusted her care to Boston's Mortuary.