Joyce Cobb-Pittman

March 12, 1937September 9, 2019

Joyce Cobb-Pittman, 82, of Elm City, died Monday. A graveside funeral service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Elm City, NC, with Rev. Gene Wells officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from 12:00 noon until 1:45 p.m., at Elm City Missionary Baptist Church, 206 Wilson St., Elm City.

Joyce was born in Talbot County, GA to the late A.E. and Francis Youngblood. Growing up, she loved music, playing the piano by ear by the time she was in third grade and playing for church in Waverly Hall, GA from the age of eight. Professionally, Joyce taught school at N.E.W. Academy in Sharpsburg, NC and later in Edgecombe County, NC, where she was twice honored as Teacher Of The Year. She was the long-time Organist and Choir Director at Elm City Missionary Baptist Church. Joyce both played and coached basketball. She loved sports, especially baseball (Atlanta Braves) and NASCAR (Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon). Joyce loved and thought of her family most of all. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Surviving are her son, McCajah C. Cobb, Jr. of Elm City; two grandchildren, Clarke Cobb (Brooke) of Raleigh and Katherine Newman (Joe) of Wake Forest; three great-grandchildren, Alexa Cobb, Montgomery Cobb, and Jocelyn Newman; one brother, Jack Youngblood of Columbus, GA; two sisters, Margie Moseley of Columbus, GA and Faye Russell of Manchester, GA; and a step-son, Mike Pittman (Gail) of Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, McCajah C. Cobb and Ed Pittman.

Flowers are welcome and memorials may be directed to Elm City Missionary Baptist Church, 206 Wilson St., Elm City, NC 27822 and the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Rd. N, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28227.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to


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Margaret Nelson Vollrath

September 14, 2019

I graduated from Talbot County High School in Talbotton, Ga. with Joyce in 1955. I always admired her great skill at the piano, and loved to listen to her play. She also had a great singing voice and we girls would often stand around the piano during our free time and have a sing-a-long, I am so sad to learn of her passing, but she was also a devout Christian, and we know that now, she in in a better place, waiting for loved ones to join her there. In the photo, that's Joyce in the pink sweater. I believe this was the last time she attended one of our reunions. Living up in N. C. It was more difficult for her to get down to Class Reunions.

Susan Ellis

September 12, 2019

My sincere condolences to Joyce's family and friends. Joyce was an exceptional friend, mentor, and co-worker. We taught together at N.E.W. Academy and at South Edgecombe Middle School for many years, and Joyce was a gift to all who knew her. She had so many talents and much to share with her students. I admired her for many reasons, and I found her to be a wonderful Christian and such a dedicated educator. I was blessed to have had her support and loyal friendship, and I will miss her very much. Susan Ellis