Joyce D. Hunter

August 28, 1952 ‒ July 22, 2018

Centerburg, Ohio
Formerly of Danville, Ohio

Joyce D. Hunter, age 65 of Centerburg, Ohio, formerly of Danville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born on August 28, 1952 in Whitley Co, Kentucky to Opal (Egnor) Buckner.

She grew up in Corbin, Kentucky and in West Alexandria, Ohio. She moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she graduated twice.  She attended Capital University Law School, obtaining her degree and designation as Juris Doctor.

Joyce loved to sing, share her faith in God, the Ohio State Buckeyes, her friends and strangers that became friends, her fat cat Bebo, but most of all she loved her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Tamara (Earl Jr.) Rudder; a son, Michael C. Hunter; granddaughter, Erykah, Gabrielle, and Samantha Rudder; grandson, Kyle A. Walker; bonus family, Kim Hartley, Tammy (Jeff) Davis, Carrie (Steve) Keller.

Joyce is preceded in death by her mother, Opal Buckner and step-father, Harold Buckner.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM at Greer Wesleyan Church: 20189 State Route 514, Glenmont, Ohio 44628. Friends and family may gather from 4:00 until the time of service. Family has asked to “Come as you are, wear your favorite Buckeyes clothing, or something yellow.”

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  • Tamara and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My deepest condolences and prayers as you go through this most difficult time ~sdb

  • Joyce was an amazing woman of faith. She always had a smile and a kind word for all. She loved her children and grandchildren deeply and was so proud of them. I will miss her testimonies and singing about the Lord’s Goodness. May God comfort you through this difficult loss.

  • Joyce was such a bright light to those around her. We are so blessed to have known her and have her help us find our church home here. She will be lovingly remembered until we meet her again!

  • My deepest sympathies for your loss. I met Joyce a few years ago through the Facebook selling sites and later found out her apartment was directly behind my nieces so I saw and spoke to her often when I visited. Sweet lady. Prayers for you and your family.

  • I knew Joyce through Facebook and came to love and admire her. She will be missed by so many. Praying for all of her family and friends who will miss her so much.

  • Dear Tamara, Michael and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom and grandma. I met Joyce through a Homesharing program where I helped take care of her mom Opal while Joyce worked in exchange for room and board. Our first meeting we all hit it off with how big of Buckeye fans we were! We sent up a date for me to move in the next weekend. I will miss her strong faith in God, her fiery personality and the amazing luv for her family.. I will miss our past talks, especially when would just agree to disagree on politics. If you need anything please let us know. She will always be with you. Luv Jennifer and Joe

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Joyce’s family. I’ll always cherish the high school days on the Southwest Ohio District Impact Team as well as those formative early years at Mount Vernon Nazarene College/University. Blessings.

  • Joyce once “twerped” me for a special event at MVNC and we have been friends for life since. With the advent of modern technology we had been able to reconnect and continue with that very special friendship. I have already been missing her from the fall when she was no longer able to keep up with social media but I will miss her even more now that she is gone.
    Rev. Raymon E. Baker (72)
    Los Angeles, Ca.

  • I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

  • Tamara and family. So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady whom I have had the pleasure of knowing almost 40 years. May she sing loud and beautiful in Heavens angel choir.

  • I met Joyce 30 yrs ago when she helped me with a battle that only a good lawyer could take on. We won, and I will always remember how she protected me & gave me comfort.
    I didn’t see or hear anything else from her after that until last July.
    I knocked on her door… I’m a Jehovah’s witness.
    I was so shocked & happy to see her again. I couldn’t believe it.
    We talked & laughed… reminiscing.
    She was sick then.
    I look forward to a resurrection on earth as the Bible promises. I’m hoping to see her healthy again.

    I’ll always remember Joyce.

  • I’m so sorry for your families loss. I was one of Joyce’s aides before her surgery. She was very dear to me. We became very close over the short time I took care of her (about a year and a half). She will be missed dearly.