Joyce C. Fairchilds

November 21, 1935March 1, 2018

Joyce C. Fairchilds, 82, of Franklin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018 surrounded by her family.

She was born on November 21, 1935 in Oneonta, the daughter of Palmer S. and Doris (Barnhart) Clark. She married Francis “Pete” G. Fairchilds on April 29, 1956. He predeceased her on March 30, 2010.

A graduate of Franklin Central School, Joyce went on to attend Albany Business School. She was the Guidance Secretary for Franklin Central School and retired after 35 devoted years. An avid reader, Joyce was a volunteer at the Franklin Free Library and a member for many years of the Washington Reading Circle, garden club, and bridge club.

An active member of the election board, she always looked forward to election day and visiting with the community. She was instrumental in establishing the Franklin Community Park. Joyce was a true pillar of her community.

Joyce is survived by her children, Renee Wilcox (Mark) of Guilderland, Julie Hall (Jerry) of Otego and Mark Fairchilds of Franklin; grandchildren, Mark Stephen, Blaine, and Paige Fairchilds, Kaela Knoth, Morgan Wilcox, and Ethan, Erica, and Zachary Hall; great grandchildren, Julian Knoth, Ashmau Ceesay, and Phoenix, Kylan, Scion, Ajah, Ever, and Traiton Hall; brothers, Palmer S. Clark, Jr., and David B. Clark; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Whitney Nicole Fairchilds.

A Memorial Service will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11 am at the Franklin United Methodist Church, Main Street, Franklin. There will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in the Spring in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to your local Community Hospice in Joyce’s memory.

Online condolences for the family may be made by visiting

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Joyce C. Fairchilds

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Palmer Clark

March 5, 2018

A very special sister. Her family and Franklin will miss her. Her love for her home town was fierce.
Her willingness to listen to others just as fierce. She is home with Pete now.
In regards to Annette's remarks. Joyce's driving career ended with a drive up the front steps of the Baptist church. In the long run she made the lives of all her friends and family richer by riding with them rather than driving alone. We will miss ya....

Annette Goodrich

March 5, 2018

Joyce was a loved classmate. She and I took Driver Ed together and I know why she never drove! Will miss her smiling face at our class reunions.

Condolences to her family.