Joyce Elaine Woody

September 19, 1952December 30, 2018
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Former Connersville resident, Joyce Elaine Ford Woody, 66, currently of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

Joyce was born September 19, 1952, in Connersville to Willie and Gladys L. Brown Ford. She was a 1971 graduate of Connersville High School and had been employed at Visteon and its predecessors following thirty years of service. Joyce spent her life dedicated to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her time at church as a member of the Higher Praise Worship Center. Joyce liked to shop and had fun riding motorcycles.

Joyce is survived by her father: Willie Ford of Connersville; her children and their spouses: Erica Lamb Grace and Tyson of Cincinnati, Ohio; Autumn Combs Upchurch and Terry, John Ryan Combs and Carla, all of Connersville; her grandchildren: Alex and Caroline Grace, Tearra Upchurch, and Javaun Upchurch and his wife, Brooke of Connersville, Dixie, Daisy, Videlia, Lilly and Ava Combs; great grandchildren: Za’mya and Ze’vaun Upchurch; her brother: Gayle Ford and his wife, Judy of Connersville; her nephews: Josh and Adam Ford of Michigan; her significant other: John Hannefey of Connersville.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mother and her husband, Larry Woody of Columbia, South Carolina.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Rev. Richie Ware of Higher Praise Worship Center officiating. Interment will follow in Dale Cemetery, section L. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of service where memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital . Joyce’s family requests that all of those attending wear some color, as opposed to black, to symbolize the celebration of her life on earth and eternally with God.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Rhonda Goldey

January 5, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss of Joyce. She was a great classmate. Prayers to all of her family.

Molly Cantrell

January 4, 2019

My sympathy to my 1st cousin Joyce family. I realize that only Gayle will remember me. But I am so sorry to hear about the loss of my beautiful cousin. My best memory about Joyce is when the family, along with Uncle Cotton, Aunt Lorene Gayle and Joyce would come to Ky to visit. We all would play in the branch, run barefoot and collect pretty rocks from the railroad that was beside Grandma Brown's house Well Joyce and Gayle I ended up living most of my childhood at Grandmas house until I married and moved. I do cherish these memory's to today. Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel and I am sure she is walking on streets of Gold with my Aunt Lorene and my daddy her Uncle Dewey. God Bless and keep Joyce's family in your heart. Rest in Peace Joyce we will always remember you and your beautiful smile.
Molly Rose Brown.

Debra and Kerry Matney

January 4, 2019

We were so sorry to hear about Joyce’s passing. Our thoughts are with her family during this time. We are sorry for your loss. Joyce will be in our hearts and memories forever.

We were classmates in high school and friends. We kept in-touch from time to time and lived nearby in South Carolina.

Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time. Words, no matter how kind, can’t mend your heartache. However, we wish her family comfort and peace of mind. The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.

Karen Lippincott

January 4, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family and friends!

Mark Pfeiffer

January 4, 2019

So sorry to hear this, even more sorry I can’t be there on the 5th
I’ve known Joyce for a long time, what a great person.Always had a smile.

Michael Spurlock

January 4, 2019

Joyce was a very strong and beautiful person. She took care of my lifelong friend Larry through his tough sickness to the very end. I talked to her every week and enjoyed our conversations so much. I will miss her deeply, the rest of my life. A lovely, beautiful lady inside and out. I loved you and will cherish you always Sis. So long for now., tell Larry Hello for me...

Debbie Stanton-Lang

January 4, 2019

I’m thinking of you all and lifting you all up in prayer. Loved Joycie very much, we had such fun growing up. Spent a lot of time at Aunt Gladys and Uncle Cotton’s home as a child. Your mom and sister was so proud of her family and grandchildren. Even though our hearts are breaking she is home and so happy and what a reunion she is celebrating. Hold tight to your precious memories, I know I am too.

Beverly Higbie

January 3, 2019

Joyce was a beautiful lady inside and out, her smile would always brighten a room. I got to know Joyce by riding to work with her when I hired in at Ford. I always enjoyed our conversations about our families, since our children were close in age. Joyce will truly be missed by many!!! Love and Prayers, Bev.

linda frye

January 2, 2019

I am very shocked . Joyce was a beautiful person inside and out. Bless her family and John Hannefy

Rella & Joe Hadley

January 2, 2019

So very sorry to hear about Joyce's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are able to get together for lunch in September to celebrate her birthday. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren.