The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


June 5, 2014

Joyce Dobbins

Joyce Kay Dobbins, 70, of Merit passed away June 3, 2014, at the Royse City Health and Rehab. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with Mr. Ricky Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 6 to  8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Joyce was born in Greenville on March 20, 1944, to John and Genevieve Phelps Ishmael. She married Bennie Stephen Dobbins on May 5, 1971, in Dallas. She worked as a secretary for the government and was of the Baptist faith.

Joyce is survived by her son, Joshua Dobbins of Merit; daughter Kelly Dobbins Harmon and husband Fabian of Merit; a granddaughter, Olivia Grace Dobbins of Merit; brother Bobby Ishmael and wife Jackie of Bridgeport; sisters Audrey Hensley and Nelda Ishmael of Garland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and stepson Bryan Dobbins

Pallbearers will be Harold Hensley, Terry Hensley, Michael Ishmael, Steven Painter, Jerry Biggs, and Jason Heath.

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