Joyce Marie Calfee Miller passed away peacefully in her home with her sons by her side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born May 17, 1931, in Cleveland, and grew up working on her family’s farm and country store alongside her six brothers and sisters: Geneva, Frank, Francis, Steve, Nancy, and Terry.
After graduating from Bradley County High School, she attended Middle Tennessee State College where she received a degree in education and met Charles Sutton Miller. They married in 1952. Charles worked with the phone company and they moved around Tennessee. First to Nashville where Chuck and Jim were born, then to Clarksville where Bill was born before they settled in Jackson in 1962.
Joyce taught science and coached girls’ basketball at Northside High School. She loved selling and working with people. She started selling World Book Encyclopedias and dreamed of building a business where she could work alongside her sons. That dream became a reality in 1972, when she founded Golden Key Realtors.
After enduring the heartache of losing her husband, Charles, and her beloved son, Jim, Joyce focused her energies on growing Golden Key Realtors and her love of travel.
She went on several trips with Jessie Byrum’s Lambuth travel group including Europe and New York City. In 1988, she married Lloyd Utley who shared her love of travel. Together, they traveled all over the country and spent many Saturdays enjoying University of Tennessee football games until Lloyd’s death in 2010.
Joyce is a 57-year member of First United Methodist Church in Jackson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ruth Calfee; a brother, Steven Calfee,;a sister, Nancy Calfee Barker; a son, James Franklin Miller; and her two husbands: Charles Sutton Miller Sr., and Lloyd Allen Utley.
She is survived by her sons: Chuck Miller and wife, Mona, and Bill Miller and wife, Laura; three beloved grandchildren: William Stephen Miller Jr., Sarah Grace Miller and Elizabeth Sutton Miller; and her siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation to be held on today, Oct. 20, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. at funeral home.
Graveside service will be held at Fort Hill Cemetery on South Ocoee Street in Cleveland at 3 p.m. EST.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 200 South Church Street, Jackson or Jackson Christian School, 832 Country Club Lane, Jackson.
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