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Joyce Ann Runnels, 1946-2020

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Joyce Ann Runnels, age 74, of Devers passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Dayton.

Joyce was born Feb. 16, 1946 in Palestine, Texas, the daughter of the late Melvin Miller Sr. and Margie Nell Churchman Miller. Joyce last worked as a mailroom supervisor for Texas Department of Corrections in Dayton. Joyce received her associates degree at the University of Houston. Her education led her to work as an insurance adjuster, substitute teacher, and in adult care services.

She was preceded in death by her parents; as well as her son, Troy Lynn Runnels; and her brothers, Melvin Miller Jr, Kenneth Wayne Miller and Raymond Alan Miller. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 56 years, Norman Lee Runnels Sr.; her son, Norman Lee Runnels Jr. (Tracee); a daughter, Leilani Darlene Runnels Greathouse (Carlton); sisters, Carnelia Miller Herrington (Gary), Nelda Miller Henry (Bo), Theresa Miller Mack (Ralph); brother, James O. Miller; as well as her grandchildren, Heather L. Runnels, Forrest A. Parrish, Raymond A. Runnels, Henry T. Vaclavik, Ryan A. E. Runnels, Kale Melton, Kelli Mills, Anthony Johnson, Meagan Greathouse and Anna Farr. In addition, Joyce leaves 21 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation for Joyce will be held 5-8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral services to be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, at the funeral home with burial to follow in Rice Belt Cemetery, Devers, Texas. Condolences and memories can be shared online at