Joyce L. Maness

5 marzo , 192810 septiembre , 2021

Joyce “Fluff” Leonard Maness, 93, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021, at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC. She was born on March 5, 1928, in Rowan County. She was the daughter of the late Reuben M. and Hazel C. (Miller) Leonard. Joyce grew up in the Methodist Children’s Home in Winston Salem, NC and was a graduate of Reynolds High School. She worked as a telephone switchboard operator for Southern Bell in Greensboro, NC before she devoted her life to her growing family.

Joyce was a long-time member of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC and served on almost every church committee. She was willing to volunteer whenever and wherever she was needed. In 1996, Joyce was given the Award of Appreciation from Governor Hunt for her volunteer services. As a way of sharing her love for her time spent growing up at the Methodist Children’s Home, Joyce hosted an annual picnic for thirty years at her home for Children’s Home Alumni. In 2000 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by The Children’s Home, Inc. of Winston Salem, NC. She was a certified clown and was trained by Ringling Brothers Circus clowns. Joyce visited skilled nursing facilities and children’s events preforming as “Fluff the Clown”. She was a member and past president of the Piedmont Council of the Telephone Pioneer Retirees and was awarded the Individual Pioneers Excellence Award in 2004. She was awarded the Outstanding Senior Citizen award by the Greensboro Jaycees. She was a member and an officer of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Curtis Marvin Maness, in 1989; her sister Ruby Kimrey of Rock Hill, SC; and her grandson Brett Wyrick of Browns Summit, NC.

Joyce is survived by her children: Jimmy Maness of Greensboro, NC; Sue Ryan (husband Ken, daughter Dani (husband Jared) Chandler, grandchildren Lane Via, Jordan Wyrick, and Corbin Chandler, great-grand son Landon Wyrick) of Greensboro, NC; Nancy Perkins (husband Kirk, son Todd (wife Marsha) and grandchildren Logan and Carson) of McLeansville, NC; Mary Ellen (husband Fred, children Lori (husband Matthew) Rickard and Nicholas (wife Kasey), grandchildren, Daniel and Lorelai Rickard, and Natalie Curl) of McLeansville, NC; Becky Mullins (husband Harley, daughter Moira Hughes) of Hampstead, NC; and Joy (husband Danny, children Jacob (wife Sarah), Ciara (husband Branson) Linnens, Savannah, and Jonah) of Greensboro, NC. She is also survived by her sisters: Opal Holshouser of Richmond, VA; Hope Gooch of Greensboro, NC; and Billie Joe Kluttz of Statesville, NC. Joyce is also survived by her loving chihuahua Bella and many more family and friends.

A Celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on Friday, September 17, at 3:00 pm at Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 2303 Lee’s Chapel Church Road, Greensboro NC. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.

Flowers may be sent to Hanes Lineberry, 515 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her memory to Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 2303 Lee’s Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27405 or Crossnore Communities for Children, 1001 Reynolda Road NW, Winston Salem, NC 27104.


  • The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church on Friday.

    viernes, 17 septiembre , 2021

  • A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 pm

    viernes, 17 septiembre , 2021


Joyce L. Maness


Iris Humble

17 septiembre , 2021

Remembering you and your
family in my thoughts and prayers. Iris

Brenda Dickerson

17 septiembre , 2021

My prayers go out to you and your family. Jimmy my heart breaks for you. I lost my mother and father in the last two years. Mothers are so special. Just remember how much she loves you and how proud she was to have you as her son through the good and bad days. She will always be an angel sitting on your shoulder guiding you through the rest of your life. I am hear if you need a shoulder to cry on. Be strong. Your have a great support system in place.
Brenda Dickerson
JCI senator

Greg/Waneta Freeman

15 septiembre , 2021

What a privilege to have our lives intersect with that of Joyce "Fluff" and her family! We were honored to be part of her life while serving at Lee's Chapel in the late 90's and early 2000's. She was truly a delight and we especially enjoyed times spent in her home and with her wonderful children, spouses and grandchildren. May you all be comforted by knowing she is finally truly at home with the Father!
our love, prayers & sympathy,
greg, waneta freeman & family


15 septiembre , 2021

Joyce"Fluff" was the most wonderful lady I had the pleasure of meeting. She prepare many meals for the election crew for G-10. but most of all I loved her spirit. She could always make you laugh and could also be serious. She will forever be in my heart. May she rest in peace while she sings with God's angels' and meets all of her family members that preceded her.
I especially enjoyed this spring and summer the most. We share special times that will make me laugh when I think of her.
Special prayers to Jimmy and the girls.
You will forever be missed by me.

Marsha Rumley

15 septiembre , 2021

To the Maness Family,
We are sorry to hear if your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marsha Rumley and Hal Caviness

Jamie & Denise Jones

14 septiembre , 2021

Jimmy, Nancy and all family members."Fluff" was truly a Southern Belle in every way. Not just having a love for each of you she experienced a love for everybody she had contact with.
I am positive that she is resting easy on those streets of heaven.
May each of you support one another the same way she supported you. God bless each of you, for you will be with her again.

Linda Alexander

14 septiembre , 2021

Jimmy, my heart breaks for you and your family. May you always remember her with a smile in your heart…..hugs…

Sam Jones

14 septiembre , 2021

Jimmy, your mom was awesome in all aspects of life! Stopping by in uniform, she always had cake or pie just waiting for me. A smile and hug when I left with you hurry back! Occasionally she overheard you on the radio, knew your voice, and wanted me to “talk” to you. I did by asking for the time or something and she just smiled a killer smile! She loved you and all her family very much! But it didn’t stop there!she loved me! She ask me many years ago about my church and did I know Jesus! She really cared!

Debbie Johnson

14 septiembre , 2021

Jimmy…I didn’t know your mom, but she sounds like a wonderful person!! So giving and selfless. I think of my mom as a Saint…and I think your mom was also a Saint 😇😇😇 She lived many years and sounds like a lot of people loved her!!

I am so sorry for your loss…but now your mom gets to be in Heaven!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!

Celebrate her wonderful life!!!

Barbara Sessoms

13 septiembre , 2021

Joyce Maness was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She has a heart of gold. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone or any organization. Girl I love you to the moon and back. Rest in peace😭