Joyce Ellen Bonds died at 4:10 PM on Thursday, March 24th, 2022, Baptist Health in Paducah, KY. She fought a long, hard battle with chronic illness and finally left this world to be with the lord. During her last minutes, she was surrounded by members of her loving family, and her passing was peaceful and pain free.
Joyce was 77 years old and born to parents, Norman R. Jones and Edith M. Jones on December 30th, 1944. When she was very young, her family moved to a farm in Southern Illinois. She and her siblings attended a one-room school in Homberg, IL. In her teen years, the family moved back to Paducah, where she met the love of her life, William Bonds. They built their home in Smithland, where they lived all of their 61 years of marriage.
A hard working, dedicated, and creative entrepreneur, Joyce, along with her husband William, set up and managed a number of enterprises, including an ambulance service in Livingston County; a commercial and residential cleaning service; investors and landlords of residential real estate and other businesses too numerous to mention.
Joyce is survived by her husband William Bonds of Smithland; one daughter Sandy Bonds of Smithland; two brothers, Jerry Jones of Paducah and Joe Jones of Reidland; two grandsons, Jonathan Bonds (Skyler) of Smithland and Jordan Bonds (Chelsea) of Grand Rivers, KY; one great grandson Bryson Samuel Lee Bonds of Grand Rivers; two great granddaughters, Journey and Karlee Bonds of Smithland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Edith Jones; one infant daughter, Brenda Sue Bonds of Smithland; two sons, Joey Bonds and DeWayne Bonds, both from Smithland; one sister, Jean Powell (Robert) of Chicago; two brothers, Jewell Jones of Paducah and Larry D. Jones (Janice) of Washington, MO.
There will be no scheduled funeral services and her body is to be cremated. A memorial service to celebrate her life, by friends and kin will be scheduled at a later date.
Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Joyce was a long time, active member of Calvary Baptist Church on Clements St., Paducah. Instead of flowers, a donation to her church would serve to honor her memory.
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