Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; u) we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name, for the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 100
On September 19, 1938, Joyce Pugh-Hawthorne was born in Star City, Arkansas to Norman and Sarah Pugh. She accepted Christ at the age of 12 and was baptized; she was a member of King Highway Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1952 she moved to San Francisco, California with her parents and united with Mt. Trinity Baptist Church. Joyce was the mother to three children Victor, Andre, and Regina.
She was employed by West Side Mental Health, working with women and children for 6 years at Mt. Zion Hospital. After being laid off Joyce used her skills and knowledge to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent, working with children in her home for 15 years.
Joyce joined Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1961 under the late Rev. John H. Pierce where she sang in the choir and, later" became an usher and served for more than 40 years. As Joyce grew in Christ and her love for the Word grew she was asked to be an Assistant Sunday School Teacher for teen girls and, later became the teacher for the adult class after being the assistant.
In 2002 she relocated to Citrus Heights, CA and united with Shiloh Baptist Church. She was one of the Sunday School Teachers for class A-4 where she loved to teach and hear the Word from other teachers. She was an active BTU member and regularly attended prayer meeting on Wednesday nights.
Joyce loved people young and old. People would often come to her for advice and direction; she said that she was enlightened by listing to them, and she felt God blessed her when she helped others and that was what it was all about.
On December 7, 2018, she uas called to her Heavenly home. Her mother Sarah Dunham preceded her in death January 2008 and her father Norman Pugh in December 2008. Seven brothers also preceded her in death, Algia Pugh, Norman Pugh Jr., Robert Pugh, Theodis Pugh, Willie Pugh, Dwayne Pugh, and Donnel Pugh.
She leaves to cherish her memories her three children, Victor Satterwhite Stockton, CA, Andre Tarkington, San Francisco, Regina Satterwhite-King (Michael), Citrus Heights, CA. She later took on the role of mother to Amanda Williams, Stockton CA.
She also leaves fiue sisters; Wilma Branch, Pittsburg, CA, Chessie Smith, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Virgil Noble, Pine BIuff, Arkansas, Betty Pointer, White Hall, Arkansas, and Wanda Fay Williams, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Four brothers; Jessie Pugh, Citrus Heights, CA, Edward Pugh, Kenneth Pugh, and Dwight Pugh, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephetus, nieces, cousins, and friends.