In 1599, William Shakespeare issued Julius Caesar a prescient warning through a soothsayer: “Beware the Ides of March.” 345 years later, on March 15, 1944, Joyce Evelyn Payne Allen entered this world. Before departing, she rode the Earth 71 1/3 rotations around the Sun.
Daughter of Rye Payne (d) and Doris Whittemore Payne (d), sister of Jodie Payne Higley, wife of Tommy Allen (d), mother of Robert Allen and Evelyn Allen Derriso, and grandmother of Cross, Sarah, Estella and Levi Derriso, Joyce enjoyed spending time with her large extended family including her husband’s relatives, friends from Isaac Litton High School, George Peabody College for Teachers (BA) and Middle Tennessee State University (MA) and former colleagues and students from her 35-year teaching career in the Coffee County School System.
Joyce taught us many things. For example, wives don’t need to learn to cook if they catch a man who can do it for them. Also, if you can’t find a parking place, just pull up in front of the store on the sidewalk and leave the car running. There are more important things to do than worry whether your clothing matches; being comfortable is good enough. Unexpected midnight visitors are a perfect excuse to bake cookies. If you feel like going to Florida, just go…no need to plan! Dogs are supposed to sleep in bed with you. You can always find something new at Wal*Mart at 3 am. And most importantly, be generous with love and money, especially towards the unlovable and poor…they need it the most.
Her life was mostly definitely measured in Love.
In 1997, Joyce was almost fatally injured in a car accident. She was not expected to survive but through hard work and determination, made a full recovery after several months in a coma. Aside from her children and husband, both of whom she fiercely protected, this was the event in her life of which she was most proud.
Joyce was a bleeding-heart liberal, long-time member of The Coffee County Democratic Women, First Baptist Church, Tennessee Education Association, Coffee County Retired Teachers Association, The South Jackson Civic Association and Community Playhouse.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate generously in her honor to The Tullahoma GFWC Centennial Women’s Club’s “Light Up South Jackson!” Campaign: PO Box 113, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the Morning Pointe community who provided such comforting care over the past 3 years.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 11 at Kilgore Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN. beginning at 12.30 pm.
A memorial service will follow at 2.30 pm featuring traditional hymns, music from Big River, Into the Woods, Quilters, Godspell and Rent.
First Baptist Church’s Dr. J. Herbert Hester will officiate w/ tributes from her sister, friend Eleanor Burdeshaw, colleague Pat Barton & caregiver Barbie Vinson. Others wishing to speak will be given the opportunity.
A short graveside service will immediately follow the memorial.
All are invited to attend this joyful celebration of her life.