Joyce Faye Ellis Josey, 58, 1706 Scott Road, Statesville, died Friday evening, Dec. 3, 2004, at Iredell Memorial Hosppital following a lengthy illness.

She was born Dec. 19, 1945, in Iredell County and was the daughter of the late Ivy Lee Ellis Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Ellis. She was a 1963 graduate of Cool Springs High School and was of the Baptist faith.

She was associated with Classic Jewelers since 1983, loved her grandchildren and loved to travel from the mountains to the ocean, and spend time on the lake.

On July 17, 1964, she was married to Troy Gilmer Josey, who died Dec. 30, 1997.

Surviving are her two daughters, Tina Josey Hicks and Terri Josey Nance and her husband, Reagan Nance, all of Statesville; her loving and significant companion, Jerry C. Hager of Statesville, who took such loving care of Joyce; her grandchildren, Ashley Gryder and friend, Scott Cowan, Chad Gryder Reagan Nance Jr. and Brandon Troy Nance, all of Statesville, and Dylan Nance of Brandon, Fla.; and three brothers, Ivy Ellis Jr. of Glade Hill, Va., Frankie Ellis of Statesville and Freddie Ellis of Caledonia, Miss. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews, along with her Grand Dog, Marty.

One brother, Jeffrey Ellis, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Riter and the Rev. Charles Patton officiating. Interment will follow in the Iredell Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will be assembled at the home of Tina J. Hicks, 320 N. Bost St., but will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Nicholson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28258.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Joyce Ellis Josey.