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9/5/2021 4:22:00 PM
Joy Ann Wilson Tate
June 25, 1931 - September 3, 2121

IRON STATION, N.C. - Joy Ann Wilson Tate, 90, of Iron Station passed away Friday, September 3, 2021, at her daughter’s residence.

Joy was born June 25, 1931 in Catawba County to the late John Fred Wilson and Eulalia Mundy Wilson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edwin Tate Sr.; three sisters, Melinda Freeman, Barbara Huffman, and Kathryn Setzer; four brothers, Harvey, Billy, Tommy, and Don Wilson.

Left to cherish her memory is her son Joseph E. Tate Jr. of Iron Station; daughters Tanja Edwards of Newton, Kim Upchurch and husband, Mike of Sherrills Ford; sisters Gay Goodson of Maiden and Tanis Lanier and husband Reggie of Lincolnton; brother-in-law John Freeman of Franklinton; grandchildren Haley Edwards Beech and husband, Jason of Newton, Justin Edwards and wife, Rose of Maiden, Clint Upchurch of Charlottesville, Va., and Caleb Upchurch of Winston Salem; great-grandchildren Landon and Gabriel Beech, Madison, Riley, and Dylan Edwards.

Joy graduated from Sherrills Ford High School in 1949. While in high school attended Girl’s State in Greensboro. She worked hard on her daddy’s farm milking cows and picking cotton. She was an active member of Iron Station United Methodist Church. Joy worked in the textile industry for many years and retired from Homespun Hosiery.

Joy was one of the most generous, humble, sacrificial, and gentle souls you have ever met. She gave far more than she ever took. She had a quiet spirit that was often mixed with a quick wit. Joy was always a good sport who could take it as well as she could dish it out! She loved to kid with her siblings, especially Gay, and tell stories of their childhood laughing in her signature way with her whole body bouncing and a mischievous grin. She and Tanis were affectionately referred to as the “butt sisters” because they went everywhere together.

She enjoyed traveling all over the world with her son Joe, but her Sundays were spent on granny’s porch or at Tanja’s for homemade ice cream and cookouts. Never a Christmas passed that she and Kim didn’t make a few turns of fudge. She was a good cook who was known for her deviled eggs, banana puddings, coconut pies, and fried chicken. She loved to fold laundry and folded at least one load every time she visited. She loved her grandkids and never missed an activity they were involved in. Her great-grands affectionately referred to her as Gigi. They were her favorites! She lived with her daughter for the last seventeen months where she was surrounded by family and grandkids daily. She truly brought “JOY” to the world.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton with Rev. Chris Thompson officiating.

Joy will lie in state Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Maiden without family present.

Memorials may be made to: Joy’s special caregiver Maria Craig (mail to: 3921 Sportsman Drive, Newton), The Green Room Community Theatre in Newton, or Carolina Caring in memory of Joy W. Tate.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary of Maiden, N.C. is serving the Tate family.



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