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January 20, 1932 - May 24, 2018

In keeping with Joyce’s explicit wishes, her services were private.

Joyce Cummings

A Woman is a Success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much…

She was a “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” born of humble beginnings at Lamar Coal Camp in Mecer County, West Virginia on January 20th, 1932,. No, she was not a college graduate, nor will her passing be noted as a headline in a newspaper, but to those who knew her, loved her and respected her, Joyce Cummings will be long remembered. Joyce passed peacefully in the presence of her family in the afternoon hours of Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at Oak Hill Place.

One of four children, Joyce Jean Roberts was the daughter of Carl and Daisy Collins Roberts. Along with her parents, Joyce’s brother, Curtis and sister, Sue preceded her in death; brother, Lawrence survives.

Joyce would marry at 16 on June 24th, 1948, to Bert Cummings. Marrying so young and having six children, surviving on a coal miner’s wages back in the day would be challenging at times for Joyce. A devoted home-maker, she found time to sew and even write poetry. Bert passed on August 20th, 2005. There would be more challenges that were hard to endure. Son, Danny and daughter, Deborah Smith preceded her in death as well.

A Woman is a Success who follows her dreams and pursues excellence in each task….

The early years of their marriage took the young couple to Madison, West Virginia, where helping to make ends meet, Joyce would take a job at Corky’s Flower Shop. When you plant a seed it begins to grow and so did Joyce’s artistry and talents begin to flourish. Soon, she went from a florist’s assistant to an accomplished floral designer, a career that would span 53 years. She would eventually be the proprietor of Gauley Bridge Floral for several years, then going to work at Bessie’s Floral in Oak Hill, retiring at the age of eighty due to failing health.

Along with designing beautiful bouquets whether they be for sad or happy occasions, Joyce had a passion for painting, self- taught, she would eventually teach art classes as well as floral designing.

One can only wonder “if” she would have had a chance for a formal education, where her achievements would have taken her. She was …….“Once of the Greatest Generation.”

A Woman is a Success who gained the respect of intelligent men and women and the love of children….”

Admired by family and friends alike, Joyce leaves to cherish her memory her surviving children, Barbara (Bill) Halstenberg, Jennifer Sorrell, Randy Cummings and Theresa Cummings; she was the proud grandmother of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved.

A Woman is a Success who brings out the best in others and gives only the best of herself….

Joyce Cummings certainly gave her best, this lady who was always ready to lend a helping hand to others, this little lady whose nickname back in day was “Tiny” left a wonderful light. It is now extinguished….but it glows in the hearts of all who knew and remember her.

The family at this time would like to thank Oak Hill Place for their wonderful care and Hospice of Southern West Virginia for the comfort and compassion they gave to our beloved Mother. If so desired, a gift to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Post Office Box 1472, Beckley, West Virginia 25802 will be greatly appreciated.

In keeping with Joyce’s explicit wishes, her services were private.

1 Corinthians 13:8 Love….never faileth.

The arrangements were handled by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center. Online condolences: