Joyce A. Pounders


Joyce A. Pounders, 81, of Athens, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at the home of her daughter.

She was a native of Bradley County and a longtime resident of McMinn County. She was preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Emma Leamon; her first husband, Billy R. McClanahan (April 26, 1977); and her second husband, Charles L. Pounders (Dec. 7, 2012).

She was a member of Eastanallee Baptist Church, where she worked in the nursery of the church for 20-plus years.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam McClanahan of Athens; sons, Wade (Kay) McClanahan of Cleveland and Chuck (Terrie) Pounders of Memphis; two granddaughters, Megan (Michael) McKeehan of Athens and Amanda Brown of Cleveland; five grandsons, Billy McClanahan, Greyson Pounders, Chase Martin, Jakson Pounders and Lawson Brown; and two great-granddaughters, Winter McClanahan and Aubrey McKeehan.

A funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home of Athens with Mike Frazier officiating.

The interment will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Eastanallee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and Michael McKeehan. Honorary pallbearers will be Wade McClanahan, Chuck Pounders, Maynard Wilson and Ron Gann.

If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, you may sign the guest register at



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