Joyce Fern (Thornton) Henson, 81, a long-time resident of Madisonville, passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Mansfield. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Day Funeral Home Chapel in Madisonville, with the burial to follow at Allphin Cemetery in Madisonville. The Rev. Joshua Crutchfield will officiate. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m.
Joyce was born Feb. 5, 1937, in Poolville, to John Allen and Virginia (Brown) Thornton. She graduated from North Texas State, married Joe Henson on Aug. 15, 1964, and retired as a trainer with JC Penney. While living in Madisonville, Joyce was a member of The First Baptist Church.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband; her son, Joseph Henson and his wife Melissa; her grandchildren, Holly Henson, Alex Henson and Courtney Henson; her sister, Sue Thompson and her husband Wayne; her brother-in-law, Art Henson and his wife Barbara; her sisters-in-law, Lucille Hull and Peg Hamilton and her husband Alton; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are John Henson, Fred Henson, Joe Cates, Buddy Thames, Alex Henson and Damon Thames.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce's memory can be given to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America at 322 Eighth Ave. Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.