---- — Joyce Hammons, 73, of Mt. Vernon, died 3:54 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
She was born Wednesday, July 24, 1940, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of Jessie Lee and Margaret (Brown) Jones. She married Terry Hammons on April 19, 1960, in Wise, Va.
Joyce worked in retail sales for Sears for 20 years and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by husband, Terry Hammons of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Sherry Johnson and husband Chris of Mt. Vernon and Dana Beck and husband Ed of Mt. Vernon; two sons, Terry Hammons of Mt. Vernon and Chad Hammons of St. Louis; seven grandchildren, Phillip Hamerski, Dalton Beck, Savannah Beck, Molly Johnson, Big Jake Johnson, Holden Johnson and Trevor Hammons; and great-granddaughter, McKinley Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Charlotte Hocking and Sue Newsome.
In honor of Joyce’s wishes, she was cremated and a private joy celebration will be held at a later date.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Joy Scholarship for Cove Connection (Angel’s Cove) or the American Cancer Society for Jefferson County and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.