Joyce Marie Burns Shepherd departed this life to go be with the Lord on Oct. 21, 2015, in Temple.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Andrew Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, on Cypress Street in Groesbeck. Rev. Charles Cashaw will be the eulogist.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.
Shepherd was born Mary 13, 1943 in Limestone County, the daughter of Cal and Teallie Burns. Joyce grew up in this community and attended public schools in Ben Hur and Mart.
She met and married Willie Earl Jackson and to this union one child was born, Joyce Ann Jackson. She later met and married Lester Shepherd, and four step-children were added: Billy, Eugene, Michael and Johnnie Shepherd.
Preceding Joyce in death are her parents; a daughter, Joyce Ann Graves; a son, Eugene Shepherd; and five brothers, Robert, Wilson Lee, C.D., N.J. and L.J. Burns.