Joyce Marshall Barlow Rich

October 8, 1934July 1, 2018
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Joyce Marshall Barlow Rich: October 8, 1934 - July 1, 2018. Joyce was born to John and Cora Lee Bawgus Marshall in Caldwell County, NC. She moved to Johnson City, TN as an infant. She was a 1952 graduate of Lamar High School, Jonesborough, TN and attended East Tennessee State University. She was married to Bill Barlow, father of her two sons Tim and Jeff, from January 1954 until his death in November 1999. She was married to Norman Rich from April 2001 until his death in November 2010.

She moved to the Knoxville area in 1968 living in first the Claxton Community of Anderson County and later in Fountain City. She was a resident of The Courtyards Senior Living for the past three years. She was a banker having worked at the Hamilton Bank in Johnson City and the Hamilton, United American and First Tennessee Banks in Knoxville. Over the years she was a member of Lone Oak Christian, First Christian and Boone's Creek Christian Church in Johnson City and Claxton Christian and Halls Christian Church after her move.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, parents, brother Jack, sisters Audrey, Mary Ruth and Wanda. She is survived by son Tim his wife Alice and daughter BreeAnn Barlow of Knoxville, son Jeff and wife Denise Barlow of Punta Gorda, FL, sister Debbie Marshall of Greenville, SC, lifelong friend Alpha Bridger and special friend Kasie Morgan along with nieces, nephews. The family thanks her special caregivers over these past three months.

Receiving of friends will be from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 5, with celebration of life at 6:30 p.m. Family friend and Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice Chaplain A.D. Baxter will officiate, Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Avenue, Knoxville. Private graveside services will precede the celebration. The family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Pat Summitt Foundation, 520 W Summit Hill Drive SW #1101, Knoxville, TN 37902 to help find a cure for this debilitating disease currently impacting six million families. Condolences are welcome at


  • John Marshall, Father
  • Cora Lee Bawgus Marshall, Mother
  • Bill Barlow, Husband
  • Norman Rich, Husband
  • Jack Marshall, Brother
  • Audrey, Mary, Ruth and Wanda, Sisters
  • Tim Barlow, Son
  • Alice Barlow, Daughter-in-law
  • BreeAnn Barlow, Daughter
  • Jeff Barlow, Son
  • Denise Barlow, Daughter-in-law
  • Debbie Marshall, Sister
  • Several Nieces and Nephews, Other

  • Alzheimer's Tennessee
  • Pat Summitt Foundation


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 5, 2018

Joyce Marshall Barlow Rich

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Stephanie Williams

July 13, 2018

My memories of my aunt Joyce are all pleasant ones. When I was very young, I remember my granny and pawpaw Marshall, having family get togethers. We would always be so excited, when aunt Joyce, uncle Bill, and the boys were coming, because we didn't get to see them very often. I remember visiting them at their lake home, in Johnson City. Uncle Bill took my dad and I for a very fast boat ride. I loved it, daddy not so much. No more rides for the rest, but I got to. We Loved visiting aunt Joyce, it was always exciting. I now live at the Lake (Norris) and ride our boats anytime that I want. We also visited them in Claxton. I remember our walks around the "circle", the subdivision. It was so special because it was just us girls. Aunt Joyce, mom, my sister and I. I have had several reunions at our lake home. Tim would bring aunt Joyce, my Aunt Debbie would come from SC., and daddy would bring mom. In the past five yrs. We have lost mommy, daddy, and now aunt Joyce. I am so thankful for those happy, happy reunions for them, at our home. I guess my most important memory for me, of my aunt Joyce, is that she never lost contact with us. We knew that she loved us, and she felt the same from us. Rest in Peace, Beautiful Lady. ❤

Sheila Thompson

July 3, 2018

Joyce was a co-worker and friend for many years, beginning at the Norwood Branch of Hamilton National Bank. Got to know Bill and Alpha Dawn and knew of her love for her boys. So sad to hear of her losses and the onset of Alzheimer's.

Daveena Sexton

July 3, 2018

I loved my Aunt Joyce. She was one of the few “exotic” members of my family. A “professional woman” before that was either popular or wholly acceptable, a child who fought hard to rise beyond the economic constraints of her own parents, a woman who would later embrace and travel the larger world.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of visiting her: Walking in the evening in her subdivision (the “Circle,” itself a marvel to me, growing up in a holler in Eastern Kentucky, “subdivisions” themselves wholly exotic). Shopping at the Knoxville mall (knew abt malls, but none where I lived, later bought a couple of the bridesmaids dresses worn in my wedding there....) Uncle Bill cooking a roast, noteworthy for two reasons: One, a man cooking???? Two, his recipe included wine. :) Also attended my first concert in Knoxville, we stayed with her while there... She and Bill also came to see me in Virginia after the birth of my daughter, which meant more to me than I can say...

Each of us can name the people who were most influential in our lives, the people who helped make us who we r today. For me, my Aunt Joyce is on the short list. :)

Larry Woods

July 3, 2018

You have been blessed with an extremely wonderful Christian Mother. I know you are sad with her passing but there is no doubt she has gone on to be with Jesus!!! God bless all of you and also her wonderful memories. She was truly a great Christian lady.