She was a native of Johnson City, a daughter of the late Thurman Columbus and Ura Princess Compton Leonard.
She graduated with a Bachelors of Education from Milligan College, going on the obtain her Masters later on. She taught at Evangel Christian Academy for over twenty-two years.
Joyce attended River of Life Baptist Church in Piney Flats.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Rod Kessler.
Survivors include: two children, Helene (Adam) Pritchett and Noelle (Matt) Rivera; three siblings, Priscilla Raver, Linda Huntsberry, and Thomas (Diane) Leonard; and five grandchildren, Harrison, Isabella, Cole, Lorelei, and Betsy.
The family of Joyce Kessler will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at River of Life Baptist Church, 823 N Austin Springs Rd, Piney Flats. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM, officiated by Reverend Donnie Humphreys. A committal service will be held afterward at 1:00 PM at Washington County Memory Gardens.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Kessler family. (423) 282-1521