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Obituary for Patricia JOYCE Winstead Phillips

Joyce, 83, was born on September 14, 1939, in Elm City, NC. She experienced a “New Morning Has Broken” with her Christ on April 8, 2023, at her home in Swiss Colony, Franklin, NC, surrounded by family. She died from a short illness with cancer.

Joyce, as she was always known, was the daughter of John Clayton Winstead, Sr., of Elm City, Wilson County, N. C., and Pallie Rickman Winstead, of Cowee, Macon County, NC. Her parents met when her mother left the mountains to teach school in Eastern North Carolina. They married, and they remained in Elm City to raise their children. Her mother coveted her trips back to Macon County to family and friends, and two of her children retired here.

Joyce relocated to Macon County in 1995, retiring from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, after 30 years of teaching in Virginia.

In the early years, she was very involved with her community, including Swiss Colony, volunteering at the Banquet Table at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, as a thrift store worker for the animals, as a member of the Board for the Animals, and at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, where she was a member. In her later years, this was more challenging for her, but her spirit of helping others always thrived. She often was busy helping family and friends who were ill whenever possible.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. John Clayton Winstead, Jr., and wife, Linda of Mesa, AZ, niece, Dr. Rachel Sanchez and her family of AZ, and nephew, Jim Winstead and his family of PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, LouRee Winstead Batts of FL, her sister, Daphne Winstead Powers, of Cowee and Macon County, NC, and her niece, Elizabeth Batts Jones, of FL.

Joyce is also survived by her niece, Brenda Joyce Powers Walker, of Cowee, and her family including her Goddaughter, Kimberly Joyce Walker and her family of NJ, and her nephew, Wayne Powers of Cowee. Surviving are also her nieces, Linda Jo Batts Eldredge and family of FL, and Margaret Joyce Batts Wallace and family of FL. She has cousins by the dozens, especially in Macon County.

At Joyce’s request, no formal services were planned. A private interment, as she wished, was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Those of us who knew her, knew how much she loved children and animals. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to remember Joyce, memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church Community (66 Church Street, Franklin, NC, 28734), the Animal House Veterinary Clinic (Good Mama’s Memorial Fund at PO Box 509, Franklin, NC, 28744), and St. Jude Children’s Hospital (

The family is appreciative of Four Seasons Hospice and Macon Funeral Home for assisting them.

Online condolences can be made at

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.