Joyce Ann Vickers Crotchett, a beloved mother, cherished wife, and an inspirational figure, was born on August 5, 1937, in Clinton, Missouri, and peacefully departed this life on July 22, 2023. She was a woman of remarkable strength, resilience, and unwavering positivity who battled her illness with the same unwavering positivity she lived her life.
Joyce is survived by her two children, Darren (Cindy) Crotchett and Lisa (Anjan) Karmacharya; Sister, Janice Kaye Doll; Grandchildren, Garrett Michael (Rachael) Lobin, Chandler Justin Crotchett, Jason Wilson (Sarah) Ainsworth, Thomas Bradley (Cristen) Ainsworth; Great-Grandchildren, T.W. Lobin, Acelyn Lobin, and Lee Lobin.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Wallace “Arlen” Crotchett; Mother Jeanette Foster Vickers; Father Justin Vickers; Step-Father, Carl Brown; and Brother, Jimmy Vickers
Joyce was an accomplished author of children’s books and a gifted songwriter. Her passion for writing country music allowed her an opportunity to serve as President of the Mississippi Chapter of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association. With a unique talent for capturing the complex emotions around the Vietnam War, some of her proudest musical accomplishments were the moving composition of The Wall and A Hero who Sometimes Cries. Although her love for writing began in childhood, she continued to pursue that passion well into her life publishing her first children’s books as recently as ten years ago.
In addition to her artistic pursuits, Joyce played a crucial role in the family pool business. Her dedication was instrumental in its growth and success and offered her a chance to work alongside her husband of sixty-six years. Joyce was the cherished wife of the late Arlen Crotchett. Their partnership was a testament to unity, shared dreams, and enduring love. As a mother, she was a guiding light for her children, Lisa and Darren, instilling in them the values of hard work, perseverance, and optimism. Her unwavering love and support formed the pillars upon which they built their lives.
Joyce's legacy extends beyond her immediate family. Lisa, alongside her husband Anjan, and Darren, with his wife Cindy, will forever treasure her memory and honor the wisdom and love she imparted. Additionally, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will carry forward the lessons and love passed onto them, ensuring that Joyce's spirit lives on in the generations to come.
Above all, Joyce was a devoted Christian, her faith in God remained her guiding force throughout her life. She held a special love for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she was a dedicated member for over thirty years. Her faith in Christ alone not only sustained her in times of difficulty but also influenced those around her.
Throughout an incredibly challenging illness that robbed her of her voice, her ability to walk or to care for herself, she remained a beacon of hope and positivity, demonstrating a spirit that was as indomitable as it was inspiring. She showed us all the power of resilience and the strength of unwavering faith.
Joyce leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. As we mourn her passing, we also celebrate her life – a life filled with love, faith, and determination. She will forever remain in our hearts as a symbol of strength and encouragement. As family members, we are comforted by the knowledge that she is at rest and that we do not mourn as those with no hope, but trust in the resurrection and the life everlasting.
A public visitation will be held for Joyce at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (6035 Lakeland Dr, Brandon MS 39047) from 10-11am on Thursday, July 27th, followed immediately by a funeral service in the church. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Brandon, MS. Funeral services for Mrs. Crotchett have been entrusted to the care of Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS.