September 5, 1954 – November 22, 2016
Reflection of Life
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, peacefully at United Medical Center, 1310 Southern Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, Joyce Theresa Proctor departed this earthly life. The baby girl of her family, Joyce was born September 5, 1954, in La Plata, Maryland, to the late Martha L. (Smoot) Proctor and Louis Proctor.
Educated in the Charles County Public School system, she graduated from La Plata High School, in La Plata, Maryland. Shortly after graduation, Joyce moved to Washington, DC, where she worked in several positions in the medical field. She retired on disability in 2005.
Joyce was born and raised in the Catholic Church. She became a Jehovah’s Witness over 40 years ago. Joyce was an active member until she became incapacitated and was unable to participate in person. She then began the practice of calling in for the lessons and Scripture readings at the Kingdom Hall.
She had a great sense of humor and thoroughly enjoyed telling jokes. She loved watching baseball, especially the Baltimore Orioles. She loved the Orioles so much that family and friends knew not to call her when the Orioles were playing. Joyce also loved to watch Dancing With The Stars. She was known to “cut a rug” from time-to-time herself. To say that Joyce loved seafood, especially crabs, would be an understatement. She also loved corn-on-the-cob, collard greens and ham.
Joyce leaves to cherish her memory: Three sisters; Dorothy Bush, Barbara Wheeler (Edward), and Jean Diggs (Harold); two brothers, James Proctor (Sandra) and Charles Proctor (Wanda); and her sister-in-law, Mildred Proctor; 18 nieces and nephews; Di Anne Moore, Deborah and Melvin Jones, James and Kathleen Stewart, Jr., Gary Proctor, Mary Bush, Stephen Young, Anthony and Anna Maria Stewart, Vonda Proctor, Pamela Taylor, Felisa and Matthew Bynum, Lynne Diggs, Catina and Michael Stuart, and Tessa Meredith; 18 great nieces and nephews; 6 great, great nieces and nephews; a devoted friend, Mae Chandler; and, a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Mary Holley, Annie Stewart, Catherine Proctor and Frances Proctor; two brothers, Robert and John Proctor; three brothers-in-law, Harold Holley, James Stewart, Sr., and Charles Bush, Jr.; two nieces, Mary Proctor and Sabrina Proctor; and, four nephews, Charles Bush, III, Timothy Stewart, Antonio Proctor and Freddie Taylor.
Joyce was deeply loved by her entire family and will be greatly missed.