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Joyce Faye (Cox) Bennett

May 9, 1946 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Joyce Bennett Obituary

Joyce Faye Cox Bennett, 77, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024 in Plano.

Service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2024 at First Baptist Church in Alvord with Bro. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

Pallbearers are Hayden Bennett, Caleb Bennett, Slate Souther, Austin Souther, Tee Weeks, Rex Hoskins, Randy Hamilton, Kenny Batchelor and Charles Steadham. Honorary pallbearers are Ken Dodson, Dan Harvey, Don Singleton, and Larry Hanna.

Joyce was born May 9, 1946 in Bowie to Hubert Jackson and Odessa (Cornelison) Cox. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1964. She married James Leroy Bennett on March 19, 1966 in Bowie. Together they raised their only child, Jackson Deroy Bennett, who was born May 4, 1970. James, a Decatur police officer, preceded Joyce in death on April 3, 1980, when he was killed in the line of duty.

Joyce was a police dispatcher for many years and then became a hair stylist, working the last 28 years at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur. Joyce enjoyed going to the casino, karaoke and attending every event that her grandsons were involved in. Joyce has spent the last 30 plus years beside her best friend, David Souther. They have loved each other through thick and then and enjoyed so many things together. They attend the County Line Cowboy Church in Sunset.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Bennett, her brother Raymond Cox and brother-in-law James Parker.

Survivors include her spouse, David Souther of Decatur; her son Deroy Bennett and wife Kristi of Decatur; grandsons Hayden Bennett of New Castle, OK and Caleb Bennett and fiancée Gracie Isham of Decatur; David’s children, Tommy Souther and wife Angie of Keller and Danny Souther and wife Kellye of Alvord and grandchildren Sloane Morman and husband Ethan of Haslet, Slate Souther of Denver, CO, Austin Souther of Alvord and Shay Souther of Keller. Her brother Gary Cox and wife Nancy of Alvord and sister Phyllis Simmons and husband Cary of Alvord; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials can be made to Jenny’s Hope, c/o Wise County Christian Counseling Center, 1650 FM 51 South, Ste. 400, Decatur, Texas 76234.

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March 6, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hawkins Funeral Home - Decatur
405 E Main St
Decatur, Texas 76234-1513

Funeral Service
March 7, 2024

10:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Alvord

Interment following funeral service
March 7, 2024

Elmwood Cemetery
East Nelson Street
Bowie, TX 76230


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