Mary Joyce Freeman

January 10, 1954August 4, 2018

Mary Joyce Freeman, age 64, of Snellville, Georgia, met her Lord on August 4th at the conclusion of a brief battle with aggressive cancer. She was born on January 10th, 1954 to Berlin and Yvonne Edwards. She married on December 13th, 1975 and had three children in the ensuing ten years. Out of the abundance of her deep trust in Jesus Christ, she sought to provide spiritual nourishment in all her endeavors. She cared for others primarily as a homemaker for her children and grandchildren, and also at various jobs, the most recent of which was sharing Jesus’ love for children as a school bus driver. She is preceded by her mother and father and will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Thomas and children Wesley (Ashley), Melissa (Mark) Probst, and Jonathan (Neely), as well as her grandchildren Jonah and Annabelle Probst and Ava Freeman, and her sister Katherine Edwards.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 AM at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30329, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM in Arlington Chapel.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Joyce to Ministry Emmaus (Ministry Emmaus, Inc., 416 Varnson Lane, Greer, SC 29650) (or


  • She is preceded by her mother and father and will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Thomas and children Wesley (Ashley), Melissa (Mark) Probst, and Jonathan (Neely), as well as her grandchildren Jonah and Annabelle Probst and Ava Freeman, and her sister Katherine Edwards.


  • Friend are cordially invited to a visitation with the family Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Keith Roughton

August 10, 2018

I am saddened to hear of your loss.

May God keep you all.

Nancy Hendrix

August 8, 2018

Joyce was a special lady, we met at Clarkston Baptist Church in the choir and became good friends. She was always encouraging me in my walk with the Lord. When the family moved away from Decatur we lost touch but I never forgot her sweet spirit.My heart breaks with her passing but I know she is in the arms of Jesus. My prayers are with all the family.

Priscilla McNeal

August 7, 2018

So sorry to hear about Joyce. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I will always remember our great talks together especially about our dogs. Rest in Peace "Miss Joyce"

Jeremy Collins

August 6, 2018

Joyce Freeman radiated love and kindness and goodness. It was in her eyes. It was in her heart. It was in her hugs. Her love and devotion for her family made the Freeman home a constant place of laughter, music, and joy. My sisters and family are lucky--more than lucky--to have had Joyce in our lives and childhood, giving shape to the days. So many birthday parties, Christmas Eves, and long backyard summer days. With Joyce and Tommy, we had another set of loving parents. Another home. And the love Joyce showed and gave us ran through our days and years. Our hearts break and grieve with the Freemans in this time.

Ralph Roughton

August 6, 2018

Dear Tommy, Wesley, Melissa, and Jonathan,
I've just learned of Joyce's illness and your loss, and I send my heartfelt sympathy. Joyce's mother and I were first cousins, and I have many fond memories of our teen-age years when my sister Sarah and I would visit Yvonne and Frank and their family on the farm out from Sandersville.
Distance has meant that I only got to know Joyce and Tommy at family reunions; but family is family, and I am saddened by your loss. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the service, as I am recuperating from recent surgery myself. But my thoughts will be with you, and I know that you will be comforted by your strong faith.

Ralph Roughton

Judy Roughton Mardis

August 6, 2018

When I first moved to the Atlanta area, Joyce and I decided to meet weekly and kind of share our faith walk with each other. There was no agenda, book to read, study guide to fill out; it was just talk. Joyce did journal, however. She was very purposeful in her desire to know and understand who God was and how that played out in her everyday life. What I remember most is the quiet peacefulness that permeated our time. That was a wonderful gift because I was the antithesis of peace. I’ll always be grateful that Joyce provided a place of comfort in my hour of need. She had a deep and abiding love for her Lord and walked with wonderful grace.

Phil Roughton

August 6, 2018

I was looking at old photos today of those days when Joyce and Katie lived with us in Orlando, and remembering Joyce's sweet, kind spirit. Those were qualities she never lost, characteristics later strengthened and informed by her unshakable place with God. I regret that the demands of busy lives got in the way of the regular joy of those childhood years, but am grateful for the time I did have with a wonderful, loving cousin. I find greatest comfort in knowing for sure to whom she forever belongs.

Praying for Tommy, and Joyce's whole family...

Andy & Linda Johnson

August 6, 2018

Dear Freeman Family:
We were saddened to learn of Joyce's recent illness and her untimely passing. We know your family has a strong faith in Christ and His promises; we pray that the sure and certain knowledge that she is now with the Lord will encourage and sustain you as you cope with her loss in the days ahead.
-Andy and Linda Johnson

Bob and Mary Grant

August 6, 2018

Tommy and Family - Mary and I want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Although we never meant Joyce, your friendship means a great deal to us. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Autumn Acker

August 5, 2018

I was blessed to know Joyce, her husband, and children since birth. I grew up blessed by her hospitality in her home, car rides to school, visits at church, etc. In recent years, the testimony she gave to her Christian faith and love of the Bible really encouraged and bolstered my own faith. My heart is heavy for her family with their sudden loss of her, but I am glad with them that the promises of Christ are true and that we will see her again.