YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Services will be held at Noon on Friday, March 31, 2017 at New Bethel Baptist Church 1507 Hillman Street for Mrs. Joyce P. Barham who entered into her eternal rest surrounded by her family Saturday, March 25 at Community Skilled Healthcare Center.
Mrs. Barham was born March 15, 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Leroy and Corrine Ingram.
Joyce retired from General Motors after 30 years of service and was one of a group of women in history to be hired at the G.M. Lordstown plant in 1970. She was actively involved in the UAW Women’s committee and local 1112 Union. While at G.M. she received numerous awards and certificates of completion for advanced study in communication skills and computers. She was also a member of CIU. Prior to working at General Motors, Joyce worked as a credit manager for Livingston’s and a sales clerk for Lerner’s in downtown Youngstown.
As an avid Cleveland Browns fan, she represented proudly her brown and orange colors and loved singing the song “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Her passion was bowling which opened the door for her to travel national and statewide bowling in several tournaments. Her hobbies were crocheting, playing cards (Solitaire, Bid Wisk and Texas Hold’em) and hanging out with “The Golden Girls”.
Joyce never met a stranger and was loved and adored by many. She will be remembered for her outgoing bubbly personality, gracious generosity, beautiful smile and for making the “best potato salad in Youngstown”.
She leaves to celebrate her memory, daughters, Debra Ingram of Youngstown, Ohio and Cheryl (Stephen) Golden of Bowie, Maryland; a son, Dr. Darryl (Myra) Tukufu of Lakeland, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Dion Ingram of Phoenix, Arizona, Ricky Tukufu of Lakeland, Tennessee and Khari Tukufu of Lakeland, Tennessee; eight great-grandchildren, Breanna Armstrong, Jada Armstrong, Dion Ingram II (mother Tamiika Armstrong), DaCari Williams (mother Candy Williams) and Kaiden Ingram (mother Tammy Simon), Khyla (Tukufu) Riddle, Mya Tukufu and Zion Tukufu; two aunts, Mrs. Rose Abrams of Girard, Ohio who loved Joyce with all her heart and stayed by her side until she took her last breath and Mrs. Geraldine (Gerry) Ingram of Youngstown, Ohio and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mrs. Sandra Hughes Tolbert who was often referred to by Uncle Estus as “my heart” loved and cared extensively in the life, well-being and personal affairs of her Aunt Joyce.
Friends may call on Friday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon at the church.
Interment will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery following the funeral service.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.
The family of Mrs. Joyce P. Barham wishes to extend our warmest thanks and appreciation to the Unit 1 staff at Skilled Community Healthcare (Warren) and Hospice of the Valley with transitional care of our love one.
A television tribute will air March 30 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.