Mrs. Joyce Carolyn Baldwin Brown was born on July 29, 1952 in Waycross, Georgia to John Edward Brown Sr. and LueDella Adamson Brown. After graduating from high school, Joyce enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served as a medic, holding the rank of E-5. She was stationed at both Fort Sam Houston in Texas and Fort Stewart in Georgia.
Upon completing her military service, Joyce pursued her passion for cosmetology and graduated from Waycross-Ware County Area Vocational-Technical School of Cosmetology in June 1980. She owned many businesses over the course of her illustrious career, with the most successful being her salon, “Nice Change Hairstyles” in Waycross, Georgia. In 1982, Joyce was recognized as the Bronner Brothers Technician of the Year for her leadership and implementation of an educational program. She taught cosmetology at Waycross College and at local salons in San Diego, California. When she lived in Japan she worked part-time as a civilian hairstylist on the military base. Along with being a successful cosmetologist and business owner, Joyce was also a substitute teacher in Ware County, Georgia.
In January 1979, she earned her Associate of Arts degree from Saint Leo College. After completing her associates, Joyce completed a computer proficiency certificate course and took on an administrative assistant role with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft company in Los Angeles, California in 1989. In the mid-2000s, Joyce attended Kennesaw State University to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Joyce married Alfred Baldwin and together they had two children. After the marriage ended, she raised her children as a single mother. Joyce was deeply committed to her family and cherished sharing meals with those she loved. Additionally, she was a Japanese culture aficionado, and had a passion for art, painting, and drawing. Joyce valued her spirituality, regularly attending church services and Sunday school. Joyce was also proud of her African heritage and would often wear African inspired clothing.
Joyce passed away on February 6, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Joyce was preceded in death by her father, John Edward Brown Sr.; sisters, Eddie Pearl Brown and Rose Brown; brother, Charles Brown; grandmother, Arzona Adamson; uncle, Dolia Lowe; aunt, Jessie Mae Williams; and cousins, Elizabeth Faye Higgins Williams, Belinda Melvina Beckwith Williams, and Kenny Williams. Joyce is survived by her son, Jason (Malondra) Baldwin; her daughter, Adrienne Baldwin; her grandson, Milo Baldwin; her mother, LueDella Adamson Brown; her goddaughter, Rhonda K Williams; her sisters, Deborah Ross, Theresa Brown (Leonard) Cook, Alberta Brown, Barbara Brown, and Kathleen Brown; her brothers, John Brown, Johnny (Ann) Brown, Frank Brown, and Timothy Brown; her former husband, Alfred Baldwin; and her close cousin, Frankie Lee (Mazie) Williams. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Public Visitation will be held Friday, February 17, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Fluker Funeral Home Chapel, Waycross, GA.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 2:00 pm at New Elizabeth Baptist Church 4320 Bickley Hwy, Waycross, GA 31503, and Internment will be in Golden Cemetery, Dixie Union, Georgia.
Services of care and comfort entrusted to the caring professionals of Fluker Funeral Home 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross, Georgia 31501
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