Joyce Ann Alexander, of Cherry Hill moved to Heaven May 10, 2021, her age being eighty-four years, four months, and eight days. She was born in Cherry Hill January 2, 1937, to Ivan and Bertha Deramus. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Mitzi Duckett, infant son, Todd, and stillborn twin boys.
She was a member of Cherry Hill Gospel Church where she taught Sunday school for over 30 years, in which the oldest “young adult” in the group was nearly 70 years old because she was such a wonderful teacher the members didn’t want to graduate out of her class! She had a strong gift of faith and was a powerful prayer warrior. She led many to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior through her personal testimony that she shared in her sphere of influence and through a telephone ministry she had for several years. She served as Polk County Assessor for 16 years.
She was known for her lively laughter, sense of humor, and spunky personality, which showed in things like playing basketball with her teen-aged grandson when she was in her 60’s. “Mimi” and “Papa” went to hundreds of local and out-of-town baseball, football, volleyball games and track events with Mitzi to cheer on the grands they adored during their high school years.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 31 years, Paul Alexander; sister, Sue Egger and husband, Arvin; step-son, Monte Alexander and wife, Eileen; grandchildren, Clay Knighten and wife, Hayden; Whitney Milum and husband, Michael; Rhonda Bensen and husband, John; Kyle Duckett and wife, Heather; great-grandchildren Kate, Easton, Hudson, and Kinley Diane Knighten; Cooper Mac and Conley Grace Milum; Maddie, Lauren, and Charlie Bensen; Trever Pierce; niece, Duana Hawkins; nephew, Scott Egger; and numerous friends and relatives.
A private family service will be held with Brother Mark Lyle and Brother Tom Hartley officiating. A public graveside service will be Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Cherry Hill Cemetery with services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. No visitation is planned.
Pallbearers will be Clay Knighten, Michael Milum, Scott Egger, Johnny Miner, Kris Lyle, Brad Fountain, and Kyle Duckett.
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