January 21, 2018

Mrs. Joyce Ann Runels

Joyce Ann Runels (Maw Maw Joyce), age 70 of Roopville, passed away surrounded by her family on January 10, 2018.

She was born November 7, 1947 in Cedartown, Georgia, daughter of the late Joe Caldwell and Inez Barrett Caldwell.

Maw Maw Joyce had a God given gift of serving others. She loved working and serving others, and enjoyed making everyone feel at home.

She loved being surrounded by her family and friends, enjoyed having fun and laughing hard. She has spent her life teaching her children and grandchildren valuable lessons that will always be a part of all they do.

She has truly instilled in her family a love for others and a desire to do the small things that make a BIG difference. She served for several years at Tanner Memorial Hospital and later retired with Carrollton City Schools.

She was currently serving at Holy Ground Baptist Academy and working daily with the staff and students was so rewarding for her. She was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Heard County.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Billy F. Runels; and sisters, Shirley Daniel and Margie Holloway.

Survivors include her children, Rev. Keith and Angie Runels, Rev. Kelly and Page Runels, and Kim and Jim Martin all of Roopville; grandchildren, Kimberly and Dustin Meadows, Tyler and Hannah Runels, Katherine and Clayton Young, Rachel Runels, Madison Martin, Joe Runels, Sarah Runels, Andrew Runels, and Seth Runels; and great grandchildren, Karoline Meadows, Landry Meadows, and Hawk Runels.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM from Holy Ground Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Morris, Rev. Kevin Geter, and Rev. Michael White officiating.

Interment will follow in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Joe Runels, Ty Runels, Jim Martin, Jon Daniel, Clayton Young, and Dustin Meadows. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Runels, Seth Runels, Landry Meadows and Hawk Runels.

The family will receive friends at Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com.

Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

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