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Joyce Yvonne (Lea) Reeves

June 4, 1942 ~ January 4, 2021 (age 78)

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Our beloved mother, Joyce Yvonne Reeves, was suddenly called home by her Lord Jesus Christ early morning on Monday,January 4, 2021 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.

Joyce was born to Rev. Joseph Lea Sr. and Penolia Coleman Lea on June 4, 1942 in Washington D.C. She grew up in Milton, NC and attended Caswell County schools where she excelled in school.

Joyce, on a trip to Pittsburgh to help her uncle, met and later married her only love, James R. Reeves Sr. They were wed on April 27, 1959 in Pittsburgh, PA. They were married for 50 years and had 6 children. Terry Lea, Jackie Reeves and Lloyd Reeves/Pittsburgh, PA; Debra Reeves-Wright/Ft. Wayne, IN; LaShawn Muhammed/Detroit, MI and James R Reeves, Jr. deceased.

Joyce was a humble and dedicated mother to her children, raising them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Mom has truly left us a Godly heritage. Family always came first and was above all else, except her devotion to the Lord. She had a quiet, sweet demeanor and calming Spirit. She was the most giving person we know. She was always smiling or laughing and no matter how she felt, if you asked, she always responded “I am fine, okay and all right”. Mom always gave you a big hug & a kiss and offered you a mint or gum. Our family verse is, Truly, whatever you did to one of the least of these you did it unto me.-Matthew 25:40 She was a faithful member of Trinity AME Zion church for over 60 years and served in many capacities.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Joyce also loved reading, writing letters, organizing and watching game shows. Her favorite shows were Let’s Make a Deal, Jeopardy and The Price is Right. Throughout her entire life, she demonstrated an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.

Joyce joins her husband, James Sr.; son, James Jr.; parents, Rev.Joseph Sr and Penolia Lea; three siblings, Joseph, Jr, Nathaniel and Qumiller, in Heaven.

She is survived by her children, Terry (Sharon), Debra, (Remound), Jacqueline, Lloyd and LaShawn (Lawrence); sisters, Katherine Harrelson and Cinderilla Lea both of Greensboro, NC, Mary Lea Jones and Quincilla Lea both of Beaufort, SC, and Poncilla (Freeman) Williams of Hope Mills, NC; grandchildren, James Duell, Remound Wright III, Quiana Reeves and Hakeem Muhammed; and great-granddaughters SyAnne and Aniya Duell.

Psalm 91:11-“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”
Matthew 25:21-“Well done my good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joyce’s name to Trinity AME Zion Church, Pittsburgh, PA. The Celebration of life service will be primarily virtual on January 15, 2021. Thank you all for allowing us to share our Mother’s life with you.

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January 14, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
White Memorial Chapel
800 Center Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Funeral Service
January 15, 2021

12:00 PM
White Memorial Chapel
800 Center Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

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