Joyce Gordon

Joyce Tuttle Gordon, 89, died peacefully in her home in Mocksville, Davie County, on Feb. 1, surrounded by her family.

Born Nov. 16, 1935, in Walnut Cove, Stokes County, she was a daughter of Arba and Blanche Tuttle.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, James K. (Ken) Gordon Sr. 

The Observer did a story in April 2018 of Joyce’s discovery after his death of poems Ken had written through the years. That story can be read here.

Joyce and Ken raised their children in Winston-Salem before retiring to their beloved Ocracoke Island in 2003.

She is survived by four children, Debi Servidio, Cindy Carpenter (Richard), Ken Gordon Jr. (Christie) and Lisa Loos (Steve); 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, as well as a sister, Janet Coggins of Greensboro, sister-in-law, Jean Lord of Winston-Salem, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Per Joyce and Ken’s wishes, a joint celebration of life will be held on Ocracoke Island at a later date. In remembrance, please consider a donation to the following organization close to Joyce’s heart: Ocracoke United Methodist Women, c/o Jen Esham, PO Box 310, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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