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Joy Virginia Stembridge, 88
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Joy Virginia Stembridge, 88, a Rock Island resident and Warren County native was born Jan. 31, 1930 and died May 14 at St. Thomas West Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was retired from Kingston Timers, a member of Bluff Springs Church of Christ and daughter of the late Donnie and Samantha Mitchell Redmon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Loyde “Slim” Stembridge; granddaughter, Charity Star Stembridge; brother and sister-in-law, J.B. and Ethel Redmon; sisters and brother-in-law, Lula Mae and Remus McCormick, Marie Wolf, Lucredia Brown and Pauline McCormick.

Mrs. Stembridge is survived by three children, Vivian Merriman of Rock Island, Eddie (Margaret) Stembridge of Morrison and Richard (Melinda) Stembridge of Rock Island; 10 grandchildren, Dawn (Bobby) Meeks, Jesse (Chasity) Merriman, Krystal Merriman, Tammy (Justin) Wilson, Brian (April) Stembridge, Michael (Katrina) Stembridge, Tina (Richard) Roberts, Jessica Meeks (Chris) Thompson, Brandon Stembridge and Travis Hawkins (Paige); 28 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; three special nieces, Ann Darnbush of McMinnville, Mildred Forsyth of Beersheba Springs and Elaine Jones of Arizona; special nephew, Ralph McCormick; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at High’s Chapel with Teddy Jones and Richard Bowman to officiate. Interment will follow at Webb Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 16, 2018