Joyce Harper departed this life, January 27, 2022 at home. She was a loving mother,
sister, and grandmother, and overall a loving person.
Born February 8, 1932 to Lee Alfred and Henrietta Morris in Knoxville.
She attended Green School and graduated from Austin High School in 1950, and Knoxville
College. She lived in Los Angeles, CA for several years and then moved back to
Knoxville; a gifted pianist and organist and taught piano lessons to the
neighborhood children. She was the musician at several churches including, Payne
Avenue Baptist Church, Mount Olive Baptist Church and Mattie E. Coleman Memorial
C.M. E. Church. She retired from the Knox County Health Department after several years in 1994.
Preceded in death by husband, Horace Harper; grandmother, Elizabeth Pennington, parents and brothers, William (Bubba), Donald, Dwight and Thurman Morris; son, Alfred Varnell Smith; aunts, Sadie Satterwhite and Delia Mostella; uncles, William Kennedy and James O. Kennedy.
Survived by brothers, Michael Morris and Garfield (Linda) Morris; daughters, Quintella Smith Taylor and Pamela Harper, and step daughter, Toni Goodloe;
sons, Clifton (Lisa) Smith and Walter (Carla) Harper; step-son Baffin (Octavia) Harper;
grandsons, Varnell Alexander (Stephany) Smith, Christian Smith, Jared Harper, Julian (Pearl) Harper; granddaughters, Chaun (Cliff), Christina (Rod) , Roxanne (Sean), Mikayla, Evelyn (Alden), Malia; great grandchildren, Qasim, Nadia, Ci’Ana, Ilaria, Gus, Turaam, and Joy; cousin, Alice (Jimmy) Penrose; devoted niece, Sylvia (Larkin) Banks, and Cindy Magana and a host of other nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, February 4, 2022 at Jarnigan’s Chapel;