Mary Joyce Howard

May 17, 1949 ~ January 7, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old


The Life, Love and Legacy


Mary Joyce Howard

On May 17, 1949, on a beautiful day, blessed by God, a daughter was born to
Morris and Reba Roberts, in Crockett, Texas.

At an early age, she accepted Christ and became a member of Friendship Baptist
Church under the pastoral guidance of Pastor T.W. Berry. Later, she joined Bethel
Baptist Church under the auspices of Pastor Delvin Atchison, I. She was an active
member of Simpson Chapel Baptist Church under the divine leadership of Pastor
Lionel Whitaker. Affectionately known as “MeMe”, Joyce was an active choir
member who loved giving God the praise. She truly loved her amazing church

Joyce was formally educated in the Crockett area schools, later attending Texas
College. She was a woman of God who was loved and highly respected in the
College Hill community. She enjoyed cheering on the Crockett Bulldogs and the
Coldspring Trojans. The kids loved her and she loved them. She had a devoted
background in criminal justice and education. She had a combined 40+ years with
the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Youth Commission and Crockett
ISD. Anyone who knew her knew she was an avid coffee drinker who loved her
McDonald?s morning coffee crew.

Joyce was united in Holy Matrimony to Isaiah Scott and later, to Danny Horton.
On January 7, 2023, Joyce entered into eternal rest. She was preceded in death by
her parents (Morris and Reba Roberts), one brother (Lesley Joe „Tweety Joe?
Roberts) and sister (Margaret Jean Taylor).

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Zemena Scott (special friend,
Brodrick) and Leslee Sinclair (Darrence); son, Danny Horton, Jr.; bonus children,
Michael Terry (Allison), Eric Horton (Tish), Lydon and Donald Seymore, Ralph

Hightower (Tarsha), Sophonia Davis and Nelisa Smith; a beautiful host of grand-
children and great-grandchldren, nieces (Arlisha, Charlene) and nephews; long-
time special friends, Mary Francis Whitaker, JoAnn Ware, Evangelist Dorthy

“Diva” Marshall, James Griffin, Robert “Sonny” White, and Darrell Colter;
adopted sisters, Yolanda Cregg and Myrtle Calvin; her McDonald?s crew, adopted
son, Fred Shaw, his wife and grandsons, Brother Jimmy Smith, and a numerous
other relatives and friends.



Saturday, January 14, 2023
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
106 E BellCrockett, Texas 75835
Masks are required


Sunday, January 15, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Simpson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church   
23488 FM 227 EKennard, Texas 75847

Funeral Service  

Sunday, January 15, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Simpson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church   
23488 FM 227 EKennard, Texas 75847

Burial Service  

Sunday, January 15, 2023
New Hope Cemetery   
104 TX-7Kennard, Texas 75847

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