Drum Funeral Home - Conover

509 First Ave South, Conover, NC


Joyce Ann (Simpson) Westbrook

March 4, 1936December 24, 2019

Joyce Ann Simpson Westbrook, age 83, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Carolina Caring in Newton, NC. Born March 4, 1936, in Cabarrus County, NC, she was the daughter of the late George Lee Simpson and Ercel Lomax Simpson.

Joyce was preceeded in death by her husband, Paul L. Westbrook, Jr. and oldest son, David L. Westbrook.

Joyce graduated from Endy High School in Albemarle and cum laude from Lenoir Rhyne University. She earned a Masters Degree and a sixth year degree from Appalachian State University. Joyce was an active member of the Widowed Persons Organization, the Catawba County and District 3 North Carolina Retired School Personnel, National Educator Association, North Carolina Association of Educators, New Hope Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and former leader of the Brentwood Community Watch.

Survivors include her sons, Mark Westbrook and wife Jeanie of Hickory, NC, and John Westbrook and wife Carol of Fayetteville, GA; grandsons, Christopher, Shane, Zane, and Grant Westbrook; and 2 great-grandchildren, Devin and Kyra Westbrook.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Poplin Grove Baptist Church in Albemarle, NC, on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Condolences may be sent to the Westbrook family at www.drumfh-conover.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Catawba County Retired School Personnel, 700 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601 or Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658

The Westbrook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


Joyce Ann (Simpson) Westbrook

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Ken Niewulis

January 6, 2020

Mrs. Westbrook, is how I knew her. She brought our senior English classes together as the Wengfour Players.. she challenged us as students, brought out our best , and impacted our lives. Thank you. May Holy Spirit comfort her family..

Chris & Suzan Hicks

January 4, 2020

Joyce will truly be missed in our neighborhood. She always made us laugh with the stories she would tell.
Our thoughts and prayers for the family
Chris & Suzan Hicks

Summer & Josh Jones

January 2, 2020

Joyce had a smile that would light up any room. She brought so much joy to our lives and our children’s while being neighbors. She will truly be missed. Sending prayers, love, and peace to all her family and friends.

Kimberly Peters

December 29, 2019

Joyce was a part of our family for over 20 years as my Papaw's "lady friend" (as she referred to herself). Our family shared many wonderful and memorable times with her such as holidays, birthdays and vacations over the years! She will truly be missed by all of us!!!

The Peters Family: Tim, Pam (Shortt), Kimberly, Brian, Fallon, Oaklyn & Adalee

JoeAnne Harbinson

December 29, 2019

Joyce was a dear friend and neighbor. She had a year of trouble and I would have wonderful visits with her, in rehabs and at home. We talked of the love of our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ. I will miss her, but I will see her again.

Angie Linebarger

December 28, 2019

I am sending my deepest condolences to the family. Mrs . Westbrook's was a very caring and sweet teacher to me. She was one of my fans and great cheerleaders on and off the courts and fields. Rest in peace, Mrs. Westbrook!

Your Basketball player,

Crystal Curtis

December 27, 2019

Mrs.Westbrook played a big role in my life. She was my middle school principal, I also had the honor of working with her as an educator and now have taught both of her great grandchildren . She was a very special lady. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

JoeAnne Harbinson

December 27, 2019

Joyce was my dear neighbor and friend. We shared a lot, growing up during war times (WWII),birthdays only 2 days apart, bobby sox years. We had a lot to talk about. My best memory is talking about our future in Heaven and the Love our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ, this past year. I am so glad I will see her again.

Janet Berry

December 27, 2019

Mrs. Westbrook was my senior English teacher at St. Stephens High School. She was an amazing teacher who inspired me to become a teacher. As a result, I had the privilege of teaching her grandson, Zane! My love and sincerest condolences go to her family.

Mary Beth Wilson

December 27, 2019

Dear Mark, John and family, your mom and my mom loved the Rowdy bunch, and traveling together. They went out to dinner just about every Saturday. So sorry for your loss. Joyce was a special woman.