Joyce Bright

Joyce Bright

Joyce Tarkenton Bright, 79 of 300 Bridge Court, Camden, NC died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Albemarle Hospital. Born in Pasquotank County, she was the daughter of the late James Earl Tarkenton and Gladys Lawrence Tarkenton and the widow of Harry Finley Bright. She was a homemaker, a member of St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church and attended Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church and Fountain of Life Church. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose #1847.

She is survived by two daughters, Anquinette Hodges of Elizabeth City, NC and Marisa Shade of Wendell, NC; a son, Tim Bright of Kill Devil Hills, NC; three sisters, Earline T. Gregory of Camden, NC, Toni T. Critcher and Brenda Harris both of Elizabeth City, NC; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a loving friend Tammy Jones.

A memorial service will be Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Fountain of Life Church with the Rev. Preston Pitchford and the Rev. Kevin Buzzard officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the church and at other times at the residence of Earline Gregory, 340 N 34, Camden, NC. Memorial donations may be made to the music fund of either St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church, 1020 Cedar Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church, 241 Sawyer’s Creek Road, Camden, NC 27921. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Bright family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting

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  1. Faye & Brian Perry

    To the family we would like to say that we will always remember Joyce as “Uncle Tran’s special lady friend”. She was a wonderful person and we loved her very much. She is a peace now and can rest eternally in her new home. No fear, no tears, no pain but only joy and smiles. God bless you all as we know you will miss her very much!

  2. Judy Rogerson Cox

    I have so many memories of the Tarkenton sisters singing for our Lord. Now Joyce is singing with the angels.
    God bless you keep you in the days ahead. With love, Judy Cox

  3. Norm & Ann

    When Joyce jumped into the swimming
    pool, fully clothed, one very hot day in
    July, at Libbys’ birthday party. It surely made everyones’ day! Beautiful lady…RIP

  4. Carolyn Jennings

    Quinn and family,
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Will be praying for you and your family.

  5. billy costin

    to joyces shildren i never knew you guys but joyce was a sweet funny person and a sweet cousin alway had fun when she came to visitto her sisters as you knw all you girls are crazy that is how i will remember joyce may god bless all of you

  6. Rita Gregory and David Gregory

    So sorry for your loss. We visited her at nursing home and she was a wonderful and fun-filled lady. We have been praying for all of you. God bless you and keep you, and give you peace. David and Rita Gregory

  7. BetteLou and Don Campbell

    Quin and family,
    We were deeply saddened to learn of your mom’s passing. She was a delightful lady and we enjoyed her very much. Please accept our condolences. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

  8. Sandy White Winslow

    Quinn, Tim, and Marisa, I extend my sincere sympathy to you for the loss of your Mom. As a young girl I always admired her. She impressed me as being such a cool, “fun-to-be-around” person. I remember that she and Uncle Harry always provided much fun and entertainment at family get-togethers! They seemed to be a perfect match for each other. I pray God’s blessings over each of you during this difficult time.
    Love and prayers to all, Sandy

  9. Dona Yunker

    My condolences and prayers for all of you, and particularly to the Tarkenton sisters.

  10. Sue Powers

    I know this is a very hard time for you and your family. Hold tight to the many wonderful memories, that helps ease the pain of your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

  11. Helen Forbes Midgett

    Ms. Joyce’s family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Ms. Joyce’s family. She thought a lot about my brother Tran and his family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Helen Forbes Midgett and familt

  12. Carolyn Madre

    Earline, Toni and Brenda,
    So sorry for the lost of a wonderful sister. My love goes out to all of you and your families. May God give you comfort and peace at this difficult time.
    Love to all,
    Lenon and Carolyn Madre

  13. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  14. Karen S Jackson

    Brenda, Toni & Earline:

    Condolences in your loss. I remember the wonderful harmony in your voices when all of you sisters sang at our church (Ramoth Gilead)for Harvest Day years back. May great memories & knowing there will be a day of reunion carry you through the void for now.

  15. Kathleen Arrant

    Quin Tim and Risa, sending ya all love and hugs and prayers. Comfort will come remembering all the great memories you share as a family, holding one another in the times ahead when your knees become weak ,comforting one another and caring honoring your mom sharing her love, knowing you will meet again God’s love kathy landry arrant

  16. Stella Gallop

    Earline, Toni and Brenda,
    Once there were 5 but now there are only three. Each loss has to be unbearable but we all know that Joyce and Fonda are still singing with you from Heaven. Over the years you have all been very special to me so please know that my heart aches for you.
    Love to you and your families.

  17. Carnell & Janet

    Earline, Toni & Brenda. I always thought a lot of Joyce. She was so jolly. Love to hear you sing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Nancy Cook

    I am unable to attend the service tomorrow, but wanted you to know I am thinking of you. May peace surround you and your family.

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