Joyce Eleanor Churchwell Allen, 85, Whitesburg, formerly of Rogersville, passed away Friday, November 24 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. She was retired from North American Phillips. She was saved at an early age and was a member of Spires Chapel Baptist Church. She was a faithful deacon’s wife, godly and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cherished sister, aunt and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Donald Allen; daughter, Debbie Jo Riggs; parents, George K. and Fanny Lou Lloyd Churchwell; sisters, Wanda Phillips and Irene Pleasant; infant sister, Bettie Lou Churchwell; and brothers, William D. Churchwell and Lloyd A. Churchwell. She is survived by her sons, Mark A. Allen and wife, Judy, of Morristown, and David L. Allen of Whitesburg; grandchildren, Jason Allen, Christina Allen and Traci Johnson, of Morristown; stepgrandchildren, Michael Lawson, of Whitesburg, and Greg Lawson and wife, Jodi, of Russellville; great-grandchild, Karissa Johnson; stepgreat-grandchild, Orry Lawson; son-in-law, Bobbie Riggs of Morristown; sister, Velma Walters of London, Ohio; half sisters, Annette Bailey and husband, Roger, of Cowen, and Norma Housewright of Johnson City; half brothers, Harold Churchwell, of Greenville, Ray Churchwell and wife, Vickie, of Mt. Carmel, and Mike Churchwell and wife, Elizabeth, of Johnson City; sister-in-law, Doris Sandige and husband, Bill; brother-in-law, Bill Allen and wife, Loretta; special niece, Karen Cook; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation and funeral services were held Sunday, November 26 at Spires Chapel Baptist Church, Rogersville, with Rev. John North and Rev. Earnest Davis officiating. Graveside service was held Monday, November 27 at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Spires Chapel Building Fund, P.O. Box 551, Rogersville. Online condolences may be made at www.broomefuneralhome.com. Broome Funeral Home is honored to serve the Allen family.
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