Della Joyce (Ayers) Cooper, age 84, of Jacksboro, TN was received in the arms of her Heavenly Father December 31, 2023. A private graveside burial was held Friday, January 5, 2024 at Woodlawn Cemetery.

She retired after 25 years of service as manager of Lakeview Inn Motel in Caryville, TN. She was a member of the Eastern Star, East Jacksboro Baptist Church and also attended LaFollette Church of God.

No one who met Joyce forgot her infectious personality as she never met a stranger. She loved fishing (more than most men), listening to and attending bluegrass and southern gospel music performances, dancing, going to Dollywood and was an accomplished card player.

Joyce was reunited with her precious son, Michael Svaco; her late husbands, Harold Brown, Howard Cooper; parents, Coy Ayers and Nell (Brandenburg) Ayers; brother, Otis (Sam) Ayers and special daughter, Terina Brown.

She is survived by daughter, Kim (Svaco) Millsaps of Hilton Head Island, SC; son in law, Scott Millsaps of St. Petersburg, FL; stepdaughters and stepsons, Karen (Ron) Hale, Dale (Connie) Brown, Dave Brown, Judy (Ted)Jones, Corinne (Shawn) Scasny, Kim (Dennis) Reiners; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, niece, nephew, special nieces, Teresa (Brandenburg) Carroll, Valarie Brandenburg Brown, Brooke Carroll; precious friends, Kenny and Elaine Wilburn, Shirley (Brandenburg) DeVault; and loving dog, Bailey.

“We do not have to rely on memories to recapture the spirit of those we have loved and lost-they live within our souls in some perfect sanctuary which even death cannot destroy.” Nan Witcomb

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

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