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Brenda Joyce Loftin

June 8, 1962 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 59)

Obituary

The service for Ms. Loftin will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.

Brenda Joyce Loftin, second child born to the late Johnnie Rayford Loftin and Brenda A. Loftin, was born on June 8, 1962 in Yonkers, NY. Her book of life was peacefully closed at sunset on November 18, 2021.

Brenda, as known to some and Joyce as known to most, received her early elementary school education from PS-13, Yonkers, NY, before her family moved to Durham, NC in 1972. She attended Y.E. Smith Elementary, Durham, NC, for her last year of elementary schooling before attending Holton Junior High, Durham, NC, for her middle school years.

While at Holton, Joyce was an excellent “A” student and spirited cheerleader. It was during these years that her schoolmates affectionately nicknamed her Mousy and Peanut because of her quiet demeanor and short stature.

For her high school years, Joyce attended Hillside High School, Durham, NC, where she continued her “A” student excellence and consistently achieved "A" Honor Roll status. She was an active member of future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), which   was   where she gained her exceptional business skills and developed a love for working with numbers.

After graduating Hillside High School in 1980, Joyce continued her education at Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC,

before entering the workforce at the now defunct Durham Drapery and Compuchem Laboratories, both in the NC Triangle area.

Joyce later worked for a few years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as a healthcare claims processor and in 2001 began working   with   the   University   of   North Carolina at Chapel Hill system, first in the medical system's Radiology Department as an Accounting Technician before transferring to the University ’s History   Department, in   the same role. It is in the University’s History Department where Joyce found her true work “family” and where she excelled at her craft.  Her   patience, attention   to   detail, love   for order, working with numbers and efficiency resulted in her being recognized often by her department for her commitment to excellence, receiving her numerous accolades and awards. Joyce remained employed with UNC -Chapel Hill until the time of her illness and was on a valiant recovery path, with a goal of returning to active   employment with her endearing work family by May 2022.

To know Joyce was to know love. She was humble, kind and giving, with an old  soul  and beautifully vibrant smile that, when shared, would warm the coldest heart.

For leisure, she enjoyed laughing with family and friends, putting   together   1000   to   2000 piece jigsaw   puzzles,   watching movies,  particularly   Turner  Classics,   attending Bible   study and listening to old school R&B music.    Her   infectious   giggle   had the   innocents   of   youth, as did her love for fanciful unicorns and the majestic color of purple.

Joyce was proceeded in death by her brother, Anthony Leranzo Loftin (1993) and      father, Johnnie Rayford Loftin (2020).

She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Brenda A. Loftin, Durham, NC; one sister, Qwanda Fisher-Jones (Troy), Greensboro, NC; four uncles, Morris Lee and Robert Lee (Colleen), both of Charlotte, NC and William Lee, Jr.  (Roxann)  of Winston -Salem, NC and Reginald  Hodges,  of Kinston,  NC;  ten  aunts, Edna Carter  of   Baltimore,   MD,   Juanita Holmes Barnes  and   Colleen   Lee,   both   of Charlotte,   NC,  Roxann  Lee   of   Winston -Salem, NC, Melissa Ann Brown and Elnora Dewitt, both of Goldsboro, NC, Mildred Loftin of Fredericksburg, VA, Carrie Loftin of Winston-Salem,  NC,  Irene   Loftin   and   Queen   Loftin, both of Mt. Vernon, NY.; two nieces, Tewanoa Antonette Caviness of Durham, NC, and Ashi Loftin of Irving, TX; three nephews,  Ashawnti Loftin of Irving, TX,   Jourdain   Fisher   of Brooklyn, NY, and Tristen Jones, of Greensboro, NC, a host of cousins, other loving relatives and friends.

 

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Services

Viewing
Friday
November 26, 2021

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

Visitation
Saturday
November 27, 2021

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Antioch Baptist Church
1415 Holloway Street
Durham, NC 27703

Funeral Service
Saturday
November 27, 2021

12:30 PM
Antioch Baptist Church
1415 Holloway Street
Durham, NC 27703

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