Joyce Shepard Owens

January 24, 1935April 28, 2020

Joyce Shepard Owens, 85, of Wilson, passed away Tuesday. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC, with entombment to follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson, NC.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, at the funeral home located at 2704 Nash St. N, Wilson, NC.

Surviving are her husband, Ralph Owens; four sons, Robert Owens (Candy) of Richmond, VA, Mark Owens (Mary Alice) of Richmond, VA, Richard Owens of Alexandria, VA, and Timothy Owens (Olga Katherine) of Raleigh; one daughter, Kimberly Owens Holmes of Wilson; thirteen grandchildren; one brother, Ronald Shepard (Della) of Wolf Lake, IL; and her beloved grand-fur-baby, Lulu.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Owens, and one brother, Bob Shepard.

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


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David Nolen

May 1, 2020

So sorry for your loss Ralph, she is now in a better wonderful place. Nothing can be said to ease the pain and suffering from the loss of your beloved wife, but know that we are thinking of you constantly and miss you greatly. From all your friends in the Pickleball group, you are and always will be our hero. God bless my friend !!!!!!!

Carol Shepard

May 1, 2020

I'm so sorry about Joyce. She was a lovely lady, and we will all miss her. I'm sure by now, she and Bob have shared a hug and are getting caught up on all the news. My love to Ralph and the rest of the family.


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