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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Wednesday March 24th, 2021

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McDowell Memorial Park
Wednesday March 24th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Wednesday March 24th, 2021

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Joyce Ivey Estes

Mrs. Joyce Rumfelt Estes, age 87 closed her eyes on this earth and opened them in heaven in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was also united with her husband of 49 years Leonard Lee Estes, Sr. Joyce was born in McDowell County on March 3, 1934 to Houston and Eursley Rhom Rumfelt.


In addition to her husband and parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Glenna Kay Estes and brother Fred Rumfelt.


Those who are left to cherish her memory are her daughter Marsha Garrett, sons Leonard Lee Estes, Jr. and Roger Dale Estes, sisters Frances Williams, Mary Boone, Janice Stevenson, Jeanette Jarrett (Bill) and brother Wayne Rumfelt. Also, grandchildren Trent Estes (Krystan) and Ashley Estes. She leaves behind two special great grandsons Ethan and Eli Estes.


Joyce had two priorities in her life: the commitment to live for her Lord Jesus Christ and to love her family. She lived up to both goals. She was a Bible scholar and knew the Bible better than most people. She started everyday with reading her Bible and read throughout the day. Although she would never teach Sunday School, she was always the one they asked for information on the lesson. She was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church where she attended as long as she was able.


Joyce retired from Coats America after 35 years of service. Next, she volunteered for Hospice and at Helping Hands Clothing Center. She also kept her great grandsons and cared for them before and after school a job she loved to do. She loved to work in her garden and to can vegetables and fruits. She worked outside in her yard and did all the yard work as long as she was able and many times when she wasn’t able. She was a great cook who loved to cook for her family especially at Christmas time making candy for everyone.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Reverend Jonathan Watson officiating. The family will receive friend from 10:00 – 11:00 one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Flowers are welcome or memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.


The family wishes to extended a special thank you to the staff of Autumn Care for the care she received.

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I'mso sorry I just heard about Joyce's passing. I remember her so fondly, she trained me at American Thread at the beginning of my career. She was a wonderful lady who kept a lot of young folks right out of high school on the straight and narrow. She did it with a smile and a lot of patience I'm sure she will be missed by all of her family. You are all in my prayers.

Carol Davis Apr 19 2021 12:00 AM

Know that the staff of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills is thinking of you and your family.
Susan Messer
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Susan Messer Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

My Sympathy and Prayers to the Estes and Rumfelt families.

Maxine Davis Cline Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

A light went out on Earth for me the day we said goodbye. On that day a star was born, brightest in the sky. Reaching through the darkness with its rays of purest white, lighting up the heavens as it once lit up my life. With beams of love to heal the broken heart you left behind. Where always in my memory your lovely star will shine.

Becky Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM

Family, I am torn with my emotions right now. I hated to see Joyce go as we had many talks about everything and our cancer battles. But Joyce had fought a long hard battle with her cancer, but with the Faith we all should have. But most of our conversations was about our Lord and Savior. She loved to talk of the Bible and her faith. Now on the other hand, I Know where Joyce is and I know she is PAIN FREE and is with her Savior. So, I just want the family to lean on Jesus and put your Faith in Him during this time.

Gene & Ann Gardner Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

We're so sorry for your loss! We will remember you in our prayers!

Keith and Lakie Arrowood Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

Joyce was a very special lady and a very dear friend. I was shocked to hear of her passing. She called me Wednesday and told me she was going home from Autumn Care on Thursday. She told me she wanted to die at home. I will miss her calls and knowing she was praying for me. I know for sure she's in Heaven and I will see her again one day. My prayers are with the family. Rest in peace my dear friend. I loved you so much.

Darlene Kent Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

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Kisha Johnson Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

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