Joyce Kearns Hevener, 72, of 9422 Dry Run Road, Burnsville, Virginia passed away Monday, December 19, 2011 at the Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Virginia.
She was born March 6, 1939 in Centreville, Virginia, the daughter of the late George F. Kearns and Dorothy V. Devers Riddle and stepfather Cecil A. Riddle.
Mrs. Hevener was a legal assistant for Peter Judah Law Office. She was a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church, Burnsville First Responders, Burnsville Fire Department, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4204, Cavern Valley Civics Association and the Bath County School Board. She was an associate member of the Hot Springs Rescue Squad. She enjoyed working in flowers and crocheting. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dempsie Lee Hevener whom she married on July 24, 1956; three daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Small of Hot Springs, Diana & Robert Green of Burnsville, Doreen & Gary Thomas Cook of Shelby, North Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Marjorie Webb Hevener of Burnsville; two sisters, Patricia Atkinson of Stafford, Virginia, Jane Snider & husband Randy of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Linda Malanka & husband Anthony of Dumphries, Virginia, 8 grandchildren, Laura Michelle Braxton & husband Bryan, John Small, Jr., Christopher Cook, Ryan Cook, Darah Hevener, Justin Hughes, Hunter Cook, Daniel Hevener; 3 great grandchildren, Liliana, Bryson and Tanner; a nephew, numerous nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a son, David Alan Hevener who passed away on May 20, 2011.
A celebration of Joyce’s life was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 23rd at the Burnsville United Methodist Church with Pastor Byong Ahn officiating, and Lay Speakers Donald Lee Altizer and Joyce Ryder, assisting.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burnsville United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Diana Green, 9422 Dry Run Road, Burnsville, Virginia 24487 or the Burnsville First Responders, c/o Betty Alexander, 95 Red Hole Valley, Burnsville, Virginia 24487.
Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.

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