Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One


Mrs. Joyce Jacobs lived a fulfilling and blessed life of 85 years. Born August 25th of 1936 to the late Mr. Jack and Mrs. Rosie Oxendine Locklear, she was one of twelve children. She quickly was relied upon to help from the fields to the kitchen, and assist with the management of various family affairs. Later in life she would meet and marry the late Mr. Dock Jacobs.  Their family of five children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren was a blessed addition to their union, which spanned sixty-one years. Celebrating her life today and cherishing the wonderful memories are her children Mrs. Rita J Locklear (David), Dr. Ronnie Jacobs (Kathy), Mr. Russell Jacobs (Mary), Mr. Alvin Ray Jacobs, and Mr. Randy Jacobs (Bonnie). Her nine grandchildren: Rhonda Collins, Ron Jacobs, Rachael Penland, Ryan Locklear, Corey Locklear, Samuel Jacobs, Caleb Jacobs, Flora Jacobs, and Taylor Jacobs along with her eight great-grandchildren: Ahayla Jacobs, Nicholas Penland, Ryder and Rynlee Locklear, Austin and Ashton Jacobs, Avery Jacobs, and Corie Locklear have a heart of gratitude for her sage advice, wisdom and love.

The source of her joy came from her faith, family, work and travel. Moving to Greensboro in the late 50s to find work, she settled into a career with the US Department of Agriculture.  This job allowed her to pursue one of her passions as she promoted diversity and women and minorities within the USDA, and she specifically recruited American Indians to the workforce. Her work provided opportunities for travel, which ignited a desire to see as much of the country as she could.  In fact, she spent weeks at a time with her camper and Dock in tow to visit almost every state in the US.  Everyone awaited their return to hear the many stories about the sights they had seen and almost always there was a special gift or treat to be shared with family.

She was a dedicated member of White Hill Baptist church where she served faithfully because of the love she had for her lord and savior.  Over the years she was known to help prepare meals for the church and community and her hands helped knit together many quilts with patience and love as she enjoyed the company of her church senior group.  She traveled with this group, in addition to many family and friends over the years. Her family was her pride and joy and she loved to celebrate their many accomplishments. She especially loved to update others about her grandkids, and the news of an addition to the family always brought much excitement.

Mrs. Joyce’s story is one of a life well lived and perhaps most important is that her story has no end.  She has only moved on to that which she longed for…to sit at the feet of her savior and be reunited in love with Dock, or as she called him “Two Tie.”

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2021 at White Hill Freewill Baptist church with Revs: Isreal Branch and Kelvin Locklear officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2021 at White Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Services entrusted to Locklear & Son Funeral Home.


  • Ulrike Wiethaus and Duncan Lewis Posted November 13, 2021 7:28 pm

    Dear Family, we wish you peace and comfort in your deep loss. Mrs. Jacobs was blessed with a loving family, and lived a life as beautiful as any of her quilts. We will hold you and her in our prayers, and know that her memory will inspire all who knew her.

  • Sheriff Burnis Wilkins Posted November 16, 2021 9:14 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Ms. Joyce Jacobs during this most difficult time. I pray that Gods caring and comforting presence will be bestowed upon you and may his presence help ease the pain of your loss.

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