Joyce Ann Thompson

Published 10:52 am Thursday, December 31, 2020

July 1, 1945 – Dec. 25, 2020

Mrs. Joyce Ann Thompson was born on July 1, 1945, in Harrisburg, PA, and was the child of Marvin A. Palmer Sr. and Virginia Hazel Jackson (Lester), and was lovingly raised by Mrs. Bloodworth. In August of 1970, she married the love of her life, Robert Thompson Jr. Mrs.

Thompson was baptized at an early age in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. In 1979, she joined Leake Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Anchorage, AK where she became a lifetime member of the A.M.E. Zion Church. In 1994, Mrs. Thompson’s family transferred their membership from Caleb A.M.E. Zion Church, San Antonio, TX, to Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church, Petersburg, VA. Mrs. Thompson served faithfully as a dedicated Deaconess, W.H.O.M.S. District Life Member Chairman, Class Leader, District Lay Council Treasurer, and Choir member.

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Additionally, she served as a District and Annual conference Delegate for many years and worked fervently with the Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church on all levels – local, district, and the Mid Atlantic II Episcopal area. As a devout servant, throughout the years, she held many leadership roles within the church. She continued to worship the Lord. If anyone knew her, you were blessed with her infectious laugh and intense love and concern for everyone. Mrs. Thompson graduated from William Penn High School in Harrisburg, PA in 1963, where she had many friends and acquaintances.

In 1970, she completed the Lincoln School of Attendant Nursing program. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Troy State University, Fayetteville, NC, and was two classes short of receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Averett University. She retired in April 2013, from the Government Sector, Fort Lee, VA (DeCA).On October 27, 2017, Mrs. Thompson, suffered a stroke to her spine, which led to her limited mobility and use of her legs. Her strong faith in God and her determination, commitment to getting well did not stop her from living life to the fullest. She continued to serve on church boards, attend church conferences, and travel the world.

Her first independent excursion was the train trip across the United States. Mrs. Thompson, generosity knew no limit for the family, church, and friends. She was the epitome of the virtuous women described in Proverbs 31: 10-30, that not only prayed with you and for you. She believed in order to receive a blessing; you have to be a blessing. Nothing stopped Joyce from living life to the fullest. To know Mrs. Thompson was to have a constant cheerleader, prayer warrior, and loving matriarch. She was never too busy to listen, call, or give words of encouragement. Her quick wit, humor, kindness, strength, and wisdom, were unsurpassed. She was always crafting and sending personalized cards, bookmarks to her friends and family.

She loved face-timing with her grandchildren, cooking shows, Perry Mason, Hazel, Gunsmoke, online shopping, kitchen gadgets, and spending quality time with her family. She was known to many as “Mama Joyce” and, loved by all and cherished by many.

Mrs. Thompson exchanged this worldly life at her residence for eternal life on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 7:40 a.m. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rev. Robert Thompson, Jr.; father, Marvin A. Palmer. Sr.; mother, Virginia Hazel Jackson; father-in-law, Rev. Robert Thompson, Sr.; mother-in-law, Minerva Lewis Thompson; three brothers-in-law, James Harrington, Charlie Thompson, and Elbert Thompson; four sisters-in-law, Rosie L. Turner, Catherine Williams, Loretta Thompson, and Barbara Thompson. Mrs.

Thompson is survived by her children, Stacie M. Thompson of Midlothian, VA, Sonya M. Lee (Charles) of Fayette, MS, and Robyn L. Thompson of Alexandria, VA, and Robert B. Thompson III (Myria) of Prince George, VA; six grandchildren, Roderick M. Gray II of Novi, MI, Shariya’ L. Gray of Fresno, CA, Charles Lee Jr. of Jackson, MS, Kylan Lee and Tyriek Lee all of Fayette, MS, and Ethan N. Thompson of Prince George, VA; her brother, Marvin A. Palmer Jr. (Donna) of Harrisburg, PA; sister, Crystal A. Fields, Winston Salem, NC; four sisters-in-law, Matiel E. Wicks (Dallas) and Mary L. Payne (Noah), Johnnie M. Thompson, and Mary L. Thompson all of Fayette, MS; three brothers-in-law, Lewis Thompson, and Larry Thompson both of Fayette MS, and Rayford Williams, Belleville, MI; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, friends, and the Mid Atlantic II Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church family.

Viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by the funeral services at 1 p.m. on January 3, 2021 at the funeral establishment. Interment at Southlawn Memorial Park. J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Ave/, Petersburg, VA, watch the funeral services live online at