Joyce Berryhill Henderson, 83 of Tampa passed on March 24, 2021 following a recent illness. Service will be held Thursday April 08, 2021, 1:00 p.m. at Progress Village Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7909 Flower Ave, Tampa, FL 33619, Pastor Byron Wells, officiating. The interment will be held in Rest Haven Cemetery. Joyce Berryhill Henderson was born on April 8, 1937 in Leslie, GA she spent her formative years there and attended Sumter County public schools. She moved to Tampa with her two children in 1954 where she met her future husband, Harold Henderson. This union welcomed six children. Joyce dabbled at several jobs but the one she cherished most was that of mother. Joyce and Harold joined the Mount Calvary Seventh – Day Adventist Church following an evangelistic effort in the late 50’s. Later the Henderson’s would transfer their membership to the Progress Village Seventh – Day Adventist Church. Throughout her membership in the church, Joyce was a steadfast member demonstrating her faith in profession, deeds and actions. She held many offices throughout her tenure as a member including treasury department, Sabbath schoolteacher, Deaconess, usher, choir member, hostess and nominating committee, community service and working with Pathfinders. Whether providing meals to the homeless, offering counsel to those going through a rough patch, coordinating donations for the holiday season or working as a Foster Grandparent, she always looked for a way to help others especially single parents and children. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, watching westerns (especially Gunsmoke), family, reading the Bible, gospel music, birdwatching and following her favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. Over the years there have been joys and challenges. The loss of her sight slowed her down a bit, but she was still active and engaged in encouraging and helping others. She fulfilled so many roles for those around her – Mother, Mama, Grandmother, Nana, Sister, Aunt, Confidant, Prayer Warrior, Mother – in – Law, Sister – In – Law, Voice of Reason, Friend, Counselor, etc... a multifaceted gem forged in faith. Although we will miss her greatly, the life she lived gives us all pause to know the power of abiding faith and kindness to others. Joyce was proceeded in death by her husband of 51 years, Harold Henderson; her parents, Eddie and Johnnie Mae Berryhill; brothers, W. Frank and Eddie Will Berryhill; son David C. Henderson and granddaughters Kimberly Rose and Sydney Henderson. She is survived by her children: W. Joyce Clayton, Paul James, Harold L., Michael A. (Chantal), Jeffery G., Anthony “Randy” (Desirée) Henderson and Sharon Henderson – McNab (Daniel). Brother: Grandchildren: Monica N. Barksdale (Deon); Kemuel (Sommer), Hannah N., Kendall E., Sophia R., and Kaden A. Henderson. Great grandchildren JaKimmie and Deon Barksdale, Jr.; Keyarra, Keyilah, Keyuloni, Kemuel L. and Kemuel J. Henderson. Great – great grandchildren Mia Sherman and Angel Jones. Brother: Eddie Berryhill (Edna). Uncle: Marcellus Henry (Dora). Sisters: Janelle Bobbitt and Roslyn Gadson (Floyd). Nieces: Linda Everett, CaSonya Berryhill and Tomeka Sutton (Craig). Nephews: Eddie and Eddie James Berryhill, Jr. and Vincent Kearse (Lakeisha). Cousins: Henrietta Walker (James), Mary Sims (Vernon), Linda Bell (Arthur) and Lisa Johnson. Other Relatives and Special Friends: A host of family members including grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins; The Henderson Family (Havana, FL and around the world); The Membership and Friends of Progress Village Seventh Day Adventist Church; Elder and Mrs. Larry Johnson; The Lassiters; The Martins; Kay Spain; Kenneth Cook; The Richeys; Carole Harvell; The Riveras; The Monroes; The Bryners; Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta; The Hills, Christene Rollins and Willow Robinson; Elaine Walker; Tampa Electric Company; Quest Diagnostics; Hillsborough Community College Health Sciences Division; and Advent Health Tampa Education Department. A special thank you to the staff of St. Joseph’s MICU and Seasons Hospice for their care and kindness shown to Mrs. Henderson and the family. Viewing is at Aikens Funeral Home 2708 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610 on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tampa, FL 33619. In honoring the memory of Joyce’s love of flowers we ask that you if you are attending either service you refrain from wearing black…if you do, please add a colorful flower as you know she would do! We are following the CDC guidelines.
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