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Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery

3401 Bladensburg Rd, Brentwood, MD

OBITUARY

Joyce Inez Harper

December 7, 1954August 4, 2019
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Joyce Inez Harper was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia on December 7, 1954. She was the eldest of 6 children born to James Edward Leftwich, Sr. and Billie June Leftwich (deceased).

Joyce was educated in the Raleigh County public School System earning a diploma from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1973. After graduating from high school, Joyce relocated to Washington, DC to live with extended family members while seeking employment.

Joyce later met and wed the love of her life, Elrich Leroy Harper (deceased) in 1976. Three beautiful daughters were born from this union.

In 1991, Joyce enrolled at Prince George’s Community College, where she took paralegal classes.

Joyce was employed by Citizen Savings Bank as a Bank Teller for 5 years. In 1978, Joyce accepted an offer from Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) as a Procurement Consultant, working continuously for 32 years, and retired in 2011. Some of her accomplishments included: Contract Management Certification from the George Washington University in August 1977; General Public Procurement Certification from National Institute of Government Purchasing Certification in September 2001 and an Intermediate Public Procurement Certification from National Institute of Government Purchasing Certification in October 2001.

Joyce was a member of New Southern Rock Baptist Church in NW Washington, DC and occasionally attended Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in NE Washington, DC.

Joyce had a passionate love and devotion for her children and grandchildren. She was happiest in their presence especially during birthday celebrations. Joyce had a gift of helping people in need with sincerity. She would go out of her way to ensure everyone around her were pleased and satisfied. Joyce loved travelling frequently to Beckley, West Virginia to visit her parents and childhood friends. She had a talent for interior designing, often re-decorating her home and other residencies. Joyce was fascinated with herbal home remedies; believing natural foods were the best resources for the human body. She was a true “fashion-queen” never wearing the same outfit twice a year. Joyce loved to travel to North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Nevada and the Bahamas. Her favorite past times were cooking, reading, listening to music, dancing and gardening.

Joyce leaves behind her father, James E. Leftwich, Sr., three daughters, Carla Harper-Omisore (Tony), Cecelia Harper and April Wilson; Five grandchildren, Shiquan Harper, Celiyah Harper, Adeola Omisore, Logan Wilson and Sophia Omisore, One sister, Gloria Sawyers, Three brothers, James E. Leftwich, II (Tammy), Ralph C. Leftwich (Sharlea), Philip Leftwich (April), David B. Leftwich (deceased). Two aunts, Lois Washington and Marva Waller and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special long-time friends, Johnny Johnson, Wendy Whittington and Alan Clarke.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Committal Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Tasha Fontenette

August 17, 2019

Joyce Harper was my Aunt and I remember all ways coming to her house every weekend to spend with her and my cousins. I remember like it was yesterday. Aunty used to cook us some good dinner, her pepper steak used to be on the one. But none the less as we got older and became grown all of us had a agenda which is grow older and have families which keep us busy. I'm going to miss you auntie. And cousins keep your head up Auntie is looking down smiling at all of you.

Tyrone Porter

August 13, 2019

Cecelia/April,
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. Remember the good times shared and your Mother will be with you always...….
Ty & J

Cathy Coleman

August 13, 2019

My condolences to the family of Joyce I Harper. I worked with Joyce at WSSC. She had a kind, quiet spirit. Never heard her raise her voice or be angry with anyone. We often shared stories of our daughters and than later our grandchildren. When I retired I would call her from time to time and her grandchildren were the topic of conversation. I was really sadden by her passing. Such a good person! Rest in Paradise, Joyce.

Miriam McMillan

August 13, 2019

Joyce rest well my good and faithful servant...my good and happy genuine friend. I often thought of you after you retired and I said I should reach out to her. I wonder what you were doing, how life was treating you. Well, I did not get that opportunity. I am sadden by that. When I got the news, I was just so hurt. You will truly be missed Joyce. I will keep you close to my heart. I can remember all the good laughs, chats, stories shared between the two of us. I mean we laughed and joked every day. It was such a pleasure working with you and knowing you. You were part of my joy through the day at the WSSC. I will say goodbye for now. Jesus is the resurrection and the life, those who know HIM will live again. Until now, REST Sweetheart.

Dianne DeWitt

August 13, 2019

To the Family of Joyce Harper,

My condolences go out to the Harper family. My God give you the strength to go through.

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Joyce and her daughter April taking selfies on Mother's Day.

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