In the early morning hours of Friday, November 20, 2020, Joyce Arlene Trest Carter, met her Savior with open arms as she passed into her Heavenly home.
She was a godly woman who loved the Lordand tried to set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives.
She was born in Lauderdale County, MS on May 15, 1931 to her parents, Reverend Arlie Clayton Trest and Mrs. Gladys Allen Trest who taught her to love and praise Jesus through worship and praise. Her parents precede her in death.
Joyce Carter loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus, with all her heart, and she loved God’s Word. Though she was a humble, gentle woman, she was nonetheless a powerful prayer warrior, and only heaven knows what a wonderful and eternal impact all her many years of faithful praying have had on her family, her friends and her church. She was a faithful member of Castle Chapel Methodist Protestant Church. When the doors were open, you would find Joyce sitting on her pew singing that Alto note that she loved so much. One thing she loved more than singing, was listening to her oldest grandson, Steven, play the piano as he did so many times in the church she loved so much.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Stricklin King Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate her life at 11 am at Castle Chapel Methodist Protestant Church. Burial will follow at Fletchers Chapel United Methodist Cemetery where she will be laid to rest by her husband that she loved more than anything.
Joyce is survived by daughter, Brenda Carter Ketchum (Williard Dale) and son, James Steven “Bubba” Carter (Shelia); Grandchildren, Dana Pierce (Trey), Jennifer Ketchum (Chris), Amber Aylesworth (Mark), Jennifer Rainey (Brandon), Steven Carter, Brian Ketchum (Elisha) and Jonathan Burns, 15 great-grandchildren and one great, great-daughter. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Sarah Aultman and Carol McMaster and one brother-in-law, Leroy Gary as well as a host of nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, John W. “Tootsie” Carter as well as her siblings, brother, Herman Trest and sister, Bettie Trest Gary. What a day it was on Friday, November 20, 2020, when she was reunited with her precious family. One of her favorite songs was “What a Day it will be, when my Jesus I shall See.” And if Joyce could leave one word for this world we live in now, it would be to come to know your Lord and Savior in a personal way so you can also see Jesus one day.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13