Joyce Sikes Atkinson


Joyce Sikes Atkinson, 80, of Cleveland, departed this life on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Life Care Center of Collegedale.

Born on Feb. 2, 1941, in West Tennessee, to Lodie and Willie Ann Minnick Sikes, she lived the last 34 years in Bradley County; was a member of Curtis Hill Church of God of Prophecy; and attended Keith Street Ministries in Cleveland.

She was employed at GPS for 17 years and was an avid cook, enjoyed traveling, gospel singing and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Sikes; sister, Peggy Goodner; and grandson-in-law, Jeremy Cantrell.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her children: Teresa Borders (Jack), Terry Atkinson (Annette) and Tina Benson (Marty); grandchildren: Amanda Johnson (Steven), Brittany Cantrell, Laura George (Tim), Katie Rymer (Jordan), Brandon Benson, Ashley McDonald (Jason), Andrew Atkinson and Alex Atkinson (Chloe); great-grandchildren: Kara, Emily, Cruize, Emmarie, Addie, Luke, Reagan, Elise and Avery; sister, Lawanda Johnson; and several extended family and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life and Homegoing will be held at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Curtis Hill Church of God of Prophecy, with Pastor Richie Horner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Keith Street Ministries in Cleveland, and from noon CST until the funeral hour on Saturday at the church.

We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at

Companion Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.


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