Joyce Dillard Dowdle, of Sylva passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 16,
2019 surrounded by her loving family. A native of Jackson County she was born to the late
James Lee and Covia Dillard on May 6, 1937. She was the wife of Earl Dowdle who proceeded
her in death in 2013. She was also proceeded in death by a daughter, Lisa Jo Settlemyre and
two grandsons Caleb McFalls and Braxxton Moore. Sisters Fern Raby and Shirley Brooks
proceeded her in death.
A lifelong homemaker her love for her family was shown through her dedication to them. She
loved baking, crocheting, and especially her grandchildren and great-grand children. She was a
member of East Sylva Baptist Church.
Left to cherish her memory is her son Johnny Dowdle (Paula) and daughter Tina Moore both of
Sylva grandchildren, Joshua Dowdle (Amy) of Glenwood, NC, Jeremiah Dowdle (Ashley),
Samantha McFalls (Chris), Cody Moore, Brandi Moore, and Halie Settlemyre all of Sylva. 12
Great-grand children also survive. She is also survived by a brother Roy Dillard of Sylva and a
sister Tommie Sue Curtis (Jim) of South Carolina.
Services will be held at Western Funeral and Cremation Services on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
The family will receive friends from 1pm-2pm with the funeral to follow at 2pm. The Revs.
Johnny Ray Davis and Mike Fox will officiate.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to United Christian Ministries, 191 Skyland Dr. Sylva,