Joyce D. Clark
Services for Joyce D. Clark, 86, Hattiesburg, are scheduled for 11:30 AM Wednesday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg.
Mrs. Clark died Friday, June 24, 2016. She was born July 19, 1929, in Ridgefield, Conn., to Irving and Myrtice Weaver Keeler. She was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church and a highly regarded first grade school teacher for over 30 years, many of which were spent at Thames Elementary School in Hattiesburg.
“Joy” was extremely kind-hearted and loving and she was loved and admired by many in return. On numerous occasions, her former students as young adults sought her out to tell her how much she meant to them and how she positively influenced and helped shape their lives as a first grade teacher many years prior.
After losing her beloved husband of 30 years, Mr. G.C. "Bill" Dawkins, to a sudden death in 1981, Joy’s next phase in life included going on a mission trip to Peru in 1987 where she tutored children of missionaries. Shortly upon returning to Hattiesburg in 1988, Joy met Mr. Burnie Clark at Main Street Baptist Church and the two of them spent nearly 20 years of blissful marriage together during which time they organized and led tours for senior citizen groups across the globe. Joy was actively involved and highly respected at Main Street Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir, taught Sunday School, and served on numerous committees. She was also involved in the Hattiesburg Little Theater, most notably in the hit Play “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Survivors include three sons, Steve, Keith, and Gregg; one sister, Donna Ortelt and two brothers, Alan Cooper and Carl Cooper.
Joy was preceded in death by her two husbands, mother, father and stepfather, Raymond Cooper, and her beloved sister and best friend, Sherry Keeler Gusa.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM Wednesday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.