Mrs. Joyce Mills Sumwalt

  • Born: June 15, 1934
  • Died: March 26, 2010
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Mrs. Joyce M. Sumwalt

Columbia - Funeral services and burial for Joyce Mills Sumwalt, 75, of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Home, will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 1420 Belmont Drive. A visitation will be held 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2010, at Still Hopes.
Mrs. Sumwalt died Friday, March 26, 2010, at home. Born June 15, 1934, in Baltimore, a daughter of the late Betty Taft Mills and Ladson Arthur Mills Jr., she was reared in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C., she was a life-long learner with many interests. A 30-year volunteer with Richland Memorial Hospital, Joyce was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Columbia, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of S.C., the Columbia Garden Club, the New Century Club and several book clubs. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Robert L. Sumwalt Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth S. Clark (R. Emery); son, Robert L. Sumwalt III (Anne) of Columbia; grandchildren, R. Emery Clark Jr., C. Mills Clark and K. Mackenzie Sumwalt; sister, Betsy M. McKay (Julius W.) of Columbia; brother, Ladson A. Mills III (Tina) of Easton, Md.; sister-in-law, Mary S. Coxe of Darlington; Columbia cousins, Maryanne W. Wardlaw, Joyce T. Kimbrell (H.W.) and Retta S. Miller (Ronald).
Serving as pallbearers will be: William M. Coxe Jr., J. Walker McKay Jr., J. Field Wardlaw, Lee Chapman, Jerry Brennecke, John C. Thorne, Hugh W. Causey and Ross Holmes. Honorary pallbearers are: Albert L. Wardlaw, James W. Smith, John H. Moorman, Louis Sossamon, G. Raymond McElveen and H.W. Kimbrell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Still Hopes Residents Assistance Fund, 1 Exum Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My sister who lives in Columbia sent me Joyce's obituary and I wanted to send my condolences to all the Sumwalt family. I have such fond memories of our graduating class at Mount Vernon Seminary, Washington DC, June 1952. It was a small class and everyone knew everyone else so well. Even after all these years, I feel a loss in her passing.

Posted by Genie Saunders Watkins - Lakeland, FL - Classmate at MVS Class of '52   April 06, 2010

Ann and I were deeply saddened to learn of Joyce's passing over the past weekend. She and Bobby were special to us in so many ways. We always enjoyed an outing or two when they came to Litchfield . . . especially those dinners at T-Bones. Unfortunately we could not attend the funeral as we were, and still are, in our country place near Franklin Tenn. Our thoughts are with all the wonderful Sumwalt family. We love you.

Posted by Jack and Ann Floyd - Murrells Inlet, SC - friends   March 29, 2010

My dear friends-
Nobody lit up a room like Joyce. And we always felt happier around her. What a blessing to have known her.
Our deep sympathy to you all. Dave and I were out of town when the news came and were sorry to miss the service. We were with you in spirit.

Affectionately, Polly and Dave

Posted by Polly Howser - Columbia, SC - friend   March 29, 2010

So sad to know such a cute.perky friend is no longer with us. My deepest sympathy to each of you. Noel Faulkner

Posted by Noel Faulkner - Columbia, SC - Friend   March 29, 2010

You all in my prayers! I know Joyce and my mother, Betty Lovelace, are in heaven remembering the good times they had.
I will miss Joyce's beautifil smile and kind word she had for everybody she met!
May God be with you in your time of sorrow!

Chappie Vardell

Posted by Chappie Vardell - Columbia, SC - Friend   March 29, 2010

Dear Bobby, Mary, Elizabeth and Emery, Robert and Anne, Keith and I are so deeply sorry about your great Loss. We send all of the family our deepest sympathy and condolences. Mother joins us in sending all of your family much love. Please know that you are all in our prayers. We have such a wonderful memory of Joyce and Bobby on the back porch of Betsy and Jay's darling house in Little Switzerland a few summers ago. The flowers were in full summer glory. We had such a wonderful visit. We were so sorry not to be able to be with all of you today. We are so glad that Benton was able to be with you. Joyce was so vibrant and such a special lovely lady. She will always be special to me. Thinking of all of you now and in the coming months, Much Love, Caroline and Keith Williamson

Posted by Caroline James Williamson - Hartsville, SC - friend   March 28, 2010

Mr. Bobby, Elizabeth and Robert, my heart felt prayers go out to you for the loss of a wonderful lady. While she will be missed with broken hearts, those same hearts can feel joy and happiness in knowing that she is within arms reach of Her Lord and Savior. What a blessing to have Godly parents. Joyce was one of the first people to welcome Nancy and me to Columbia. Bobby, you and your family have a whole city of fans lifting you up in prayer and you can always rest in His everlasting arms.
Steve Farish and Family

Posted by Steve Farish - Columbia, SC - Friend of the Family   March 28, 2010

Joyce was a wonderful person. I enjoyed being her Nurse. She always made me smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Susan Harrison - Lugoff, SC   March 27, 2010

Dear Sumwalt Family,
Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I adored Joyce's wit and verve. Just remembering Joyce & my late Mother turning over a chair in the Breakers to see who manufactured it makes me smile.
Imagine the reunion going on in Heaven!
Mackey Tarrant

Posted by Mackey Tarrant - Columbia, SC - Family Friend   March 27, 2010

Janet and I are truly saddened to learn of Joyce's death. I will always cherish the train trip to New York back in the 50's to see USC play Army at West Point. Jerry Brennecke and I enjoyed the company of Joyce and Mary Cox who made the trip most enjoyable. We want Bobby and the Sumwalt family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Billy Smith

Posted by Billy and Janet Smith - Columbia, SC - Friends   March 27, 2010

The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Joyce M. Sumwalt

Posted by David Hardee - Columbia, SC   March 26, 2010