Joyce Pipkin Berry

Published 6:57 pm Monday, July 6, 2015


Joyce Pipkin Berry

July 27, 1933 – July 3, 2015


Joyce Pipkin Berry, a Child of God of Elizabeth City, passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on July 3, 2015.  Joyce was born in Core Point, NC on July 27, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Vera Pipkin.  She was a Mary Kay director for forty-three years and was dedicated to serving her loyal customers.  Joyce was a faithful and active member of Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church for forty years.  She devoted most of her time to family and friends.  She enjoyed visiting with the sick, the elderly and shut-ins.  Joyce overcame breast cancer eighteen years ago and was a regular at the Relay for Survivors Walk.  Volunteering at the gift shop at Albemarle Hospital was another passion of hers.  She also enjoyed attending various shows at the Maguire Theatre of Arts of the Albemarle.

Joyce is survived by three children, Dave Berry, his wife Lesia of Elizabeth City, NC; Tony Lee Berry, his wife Patsy of Elizabeth City, NC; and Bethany Berry-Weiss of Laie, HI; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.  Joyce was predeceased by her grandson Derek Berry.  She is survived by a brother, Bobby Pipkin of Core Point, NC; three sisters, Linda Burti of Farmville, NC, Jeanie Sawyer of Core Point, NC, and Rita Jackson of Chapel Hill, NC; and her long time companion Marvin Lister, Jr., of Elizabeth City, NC.

The memorial service will be held at Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Don Morris and Dr. Steve Garman.  The family will receive guests after the memorial service.  We would like to thank family, friends, caregivers and Albemarle Hospice for their support and compassionate end of life care. The family requests that contributions be made to The American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.  The Berry family is served by Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC.  Online memorial condolences may be expressed to the family at