Joan Elizabeth Turner McCoy was born June 4, 1945 in Appomattox,
Virginia. She was the 7th of 9 children born to Dorothy and Russell
Turner Sr. At an early age, Joan accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her
savior. She was baptized at the Jordan Baptist Church, Appomattox,
Virginia and maintained her membership there throughout her lifetime.
Joan was educated in the segregated public schools of Appomattox
County. She graduated from Carver Price School in 1963. As an adult,
she was an avid sports fan of baseball, basketball, football, tennis and
golf. Joan was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan through and through.
She married Seibert Cahill McCoy and to this union, Tonia Lynette
McCoy Cardwell was born. Seibert and Joan resided directly next door to
his mother and father which allowed significant bonds to be formed with
his mother, “Lil” Martha Elizabeth McCoy and their nephew, Tony M.
McCoy Jr. (Mitch).
In February of 1991, Joan and Seibert’s lives were forever changed by
the birth of their beloved grandson, Desmond M. Booker. After the death
of Seibert, Joan remained in Appomattox where she spent quality time
with both her Turner and McCoy families.
In 1998, Joan left the Appomattox community and moved to Dover,
Delaware with Desmond, Tonia, and her husband, Victor. Shortly
thereafter, they began to travel, living a military lifestyle. While residing in
Japan for 6 years, Joan worked at the Yokota Air Force Base Elementary
School. During the 6 years they lived in California, she worked at the
Travis Air Force Base Exchange. Joan received numerous Customer
Service Appreciation Awards. Most recently, she worked at the Andrews
Air Force Base Exchange in Maryland. Joan again received numerous
Customer Service Appreciation Awards. Working with the children and
receiving the Customer Service Appreciation Awards are a testament to the
loving and caring person that she was. Regardless of how she was feeling,
one would never know because Joan always kept a smile on her face.
After a brief illness, God called his angel home; she crossed over on
November 26, 2020.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Russell
Turner Sr., her husband, Seibert McCoy, and her siblings, Mary Turner
Jones, Hattie Summers, Willard Turner, Norman Turner, Russell Turner,
Robert Turner, and Walter Turner. Left to cherish her memory are her
daughter, Tonia McCoy Cardwell (Victor) of Upper Marlboro, MD; her
grandson Desmond Booker of Lynchburg, VA; her sister Barbara Turner
of Appomattox, VA; her brothers-in-law Bennie Summers, Willis McCoy,
Bernis McCoy and Tony McCoy, Sr.; her sisters-in-law Patricia Turner,
Uwana Litchford, Jacquetta McCoy, Ann McCoy and Judy McCoy along
with a host of nieces, nephews and numerous other loving family members
Joan was a woman of immeasurable love, grace, courage, and faith.
Her family acknowledges with gratefulness, the magnificent gift God bestowed upon them.
A private service will be held at the Jordan Baptist Church in Appomattox, VA, on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at noon.
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