Joy Harper Bower

January 19, 1928February 6, 2018

Joy Harper Bower departed this life on February 6, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center. Her children (Judy and Ken) and devoted friend (Gina) were at her side when she died. Joy was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 19, 1928 to the late John W. Harper and Bonnie Mae Hill Harper. In 1948, she graduated from Florida State University and married the late Garth E. Bower. They raised two children and lived a happy, productive life together in Florida, Pennsylvania and California, before retiring in Clemmons, NC in 1993 to be near their family. They were avid golfers and enjoyed traveling. Joy leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter, Judy Arnold of Mocksville, NC; son, Ken Bower of Clemmons, NC; brother, Cecil "Buster" Harper (Martha) of Raceland, LA; grandchildren, Stephanie Kaye of Clemmons, NC, Tracia Field Lynch (Jody) of Advance, NC; five great-grandchildren, Kaylen, Ana, Jack, Cody, and Olivia; brother-in-law, Steve Kalenich of Parkland, FL; and many cousins, nieces and nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Kalenich. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to three dedicated women who provided care and comfort to Joy in recent years: Gina East, Lisa Marshall, and Samantha Marshall. They loved and cared for Joy as if she was their own mother. A service will be held at Frank Vogler & Sons in Clemmons at 2pm on Saturday, February 17,2018, with visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joy's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. - Memorial video attached------



  • Visitation Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Bill Bower

February 14, 2018

I am a younger brother of Garth Bower. Because of our age differences, I didn't really get to know Garth until he was already married. This meant I got to know two people, Garth and Joy. Our family would, on many a weekend, get in the car and go visit Garth and Joy. This was quite pleasant for me because they lived near the beach and Joy could persuade mom and dad that we needed to go swimming. (Odd, mom and dad always brought our swim suits.) On one visit, I saw my first televisionwith a 4 or 6 inch screenwow. Later they had a son, Ken, and I was an Uncle to someone almost my age. At times, Garth and Joy would visit us and I would be coerced to play the pianoactually I was horriblebut Joy was always complimentary--Garth would just smile. Eventually they moved away but fate and a Miami Summer band camp brought us close again. Somehow they found out I was nearby and was invited for weekend visits. Home cooking by Joy while I'm at campdouble wow. When it came time to go to college, I went to FSUlike Joy and Garth. Unlike Garth, I didn't meet the girl of my dreams therebut I did meet her brother. Also like Garth I joined the Navy. Fate would bring our families together one more time in Pennsylvania. As a adult, I could now see a Garth and Joy who were very comfortable with each other--a requirement for a successful marriage. (Perhaps younger brothers often look for older brothers as role modelsand I am no exception.)

February 14, 2018

May God bless and comfort Ken,Judy, Stephane and Tracy in the loss of your Mom and Grandmother . We had many happy years with Joy and Garth as our best friends. We can rejoice in Heaven when we see them again.
Love to all,B.J. & John Cash

Peggy Cobb

February 12, 2018

Love and prayers to the family. It is always difficult to say goodbye to a loved family member, even when they have lived a long life. May the peace of the Lord fill your soul and the joy of the Lord fill your heart. Dwell on all the wonderful memories in a life well lived and all the special times you shared together.

February 9, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11