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Joyce Mears

Joyce Mears, 84, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Monday, December 25, 2023.

She was a member of Bethel Church of Christ. She was a caregiver, hard worker, homemaker and nanny.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Mears, Sr.; son, Rufus Lynn Mears; mother, Wilma Fridell Harden; and sister, Janet Walker.

She is survived by her son, Eddie (Donna) Mears of Pikeville; grandchildren, Finn Cillin Shae O’Meara, Justin Ray Mears, Shani Kendrick, Matt Brown, Sierra Mears and Ayden Mears; great-grandchildren, Kadience and Zander Edge; sisters, Cloie D. Issacson of Signal Mountain, Lilly (Beecher Greer) Moody of Georgia, Debbie Barker of Pennsylvania and Mary Evelyn (Randy) Porter of Dalton, Georgia; brother, Albert Harden, Jr. of Dunlap; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6, at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 6, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the funeral home for funeral expenses.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, 1171 Main Street, Pikeville.

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