Joyce  Murphy Nelson, 89, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Pinelake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Carthage, NC. 


Joyce was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.  In fact, she was affectionately known to most everyone as “Granny”. Joyce was very proud of her family and time spent with them was most precious, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She enjoyed caring for her home and garden, growing vegetables and flowers.  Joyce was a wonderful cook, remembered for her chicken and dumplings, sausage gravy and potato salad, just to name a few. She was fond of crocheting beautiful gifts for friends and family.


Joyce was a daughter of the late Pete and Doxie Davis Murphy and was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dewitt Lee Nelson; sons: Dewitt Nelson, Jr., Dale Nelson, Ricky Nelson;  son in law: Kenneth Lambert.


Joyce is survived by children: Keith Nelson and wife Vanlene, Randy Nelson and wife Elizabeth, Cindy Lambert, Chad Nelson and wife Audrey;18 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and friends. 


Graveside service will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Bethesda Cemetery, Aberdeen, NC.


The body will lie in state from 5:00 until 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


 Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Nelson family.


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Memories Timeline


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Mrs Joyce will Rest In Peace with her love ones that have gone on before her. Please let us know if we can be of help.

  2. Thought & prayers go out to the family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. love y’all Todd & Tina Martindale

  3. Joyce was a ray of sunshine and always encouraging. When we visited my Mother at Pinelake we always spent time with Ms Joyce. She was very proud of her family. Prayers for the family.

  4. I am so blessed to have known Joyce Nelson and to have been a part of her family. She was the best mother in law ever and such a wonderful Granny. May she rest in peace in heaven with all her family thats gone before her.

  5. Prayers for the family!! Fondly remember Joyce when we were children and she would pick us up along with her children and take us to Bible School at Unity Grove Baptist Church!!
    Pam & Arnold Hussey

  6. Keith. Randy, Chad and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in the loss of your mother. It was obvious that she loved her family and centered her life around you all. A kind encouraging lady friendly to all. She will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. Bruce and Kim Williams

  7. Otis I and send our Love and Prayers to the family, such a sweet lady that made everyone she met feel special. Love Elizabeth and Otis

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