Joyce Davis Jenkins was born on February 9, 1952, to Albertha Davis, in Eutawville, South Carolina. She departed this life on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Raised by her grandparents, Profit and Lurline Davis, Joyce was the second of nine children: Rebecca, Gloria Ann, Woody, Carolyn, Willie, Edward, Louise, Annette, and Brenda. During her formative years, she attended school in both Eutawville and Columbia, SC. It was during these years, she met the love of her life, Lazarus Jenkins Sr. They were married on September 4, 1971. From their beautiful union came four sons.
After completing high school, Joyce studied nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She began her career at Methodist Oaks (formerly Methodist Home) in Orangeburg, SC caring for the elderly. After leaving Methodist Oaks, she worked for the Orangeburg County Disability and Special Needs Board until her retirement in 2017, after serving over 44 years in public service. She loved her profession and was extremely dedicated; working long hours, nights, weekends, and early mornings away from her family. She always took the time to care for all of her patients and was admired by her colleagues.
Joyce loved the Lord. As a child, she attended church with her grandmother and later joined Saint James Missionary Baptist Church. As a faithful member for over 40 years, she served on the usher board and as a deaconess, always greeting members with a smile.
She leaves behind to mourn: Lazarus Sr., her husband of 50 years; sons Terrence (April), of Bowie, MD, Derrick (Lyndora) of Eutawville, SC, Lazarus Jr. of Eutawville, SC, and Brandon (Izumi), of Japan. Her six brothers and sisters, four sisters-in-law, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren (who she truly adored), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, her church family, and a host of friends.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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