October 23, 1943 - May 7, 2022
The family appreciates your prayers during this time. Joye Lamar Lett Quinn’s Obituary She passed away on May 7, 2022 at the age of 78, living in Gwinnett County, GA. Joye was a beautiful woman spiritually, mentally and physically. To begin our brief journey into Joye’s life let us start with the spiritual part of her life, but with one cautionary note. Joye left us a little sooner than expected. Therefore information is all from memory without sufficient time to completely verify all of the professional details. Spirit Spiritually she had committed herself and her life to Jesus Christ at the early age of 11 when she and her family lived in East Point, Georgia. She kept that commitment for all of her 78 years of life on this earth. Her last words and thoughts were about how she was ready to leave this world and ascend into heaven for she believed all of her life that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord. She is now with her Lord and free from all the suffering she had endured for too many years. As she was growing up, her focus was always on and committed to being the best Christian she could be. She attempted to be a good role model to her friends and acquaintances. There was an incident that came up in a very short duration of time which serves to demonstrate how her commitment affected major decisions in her life and the life of others. In fact this matter affected the lives of many for many years to come and the effect is not stopping just because she has left this earthly existence. This was the incident. When she met the love of her life and decided to marry him, she asked him that she would only marry him on the condition that he promised he would always go to church with her and if they had children he would always help her to involve them in the church. So this lucky guy, believing that he had been dating the smartest, prettiest and most decent girl he had ever meet could hardly say no. Now many years later and with her passing she leaves three Christian sons, Christian daughter-in-laws, four Christian grandchildren and six great grand children on the path to the Savior. She has one grandson that is a preacher in the church and one grandson-in-law that is a preacher in the church. This lucky guy she married, who at the time was not entirely sure of what he was getting into, went on to become an equally committed Christian, of course being influenced by Joye. He lead a Prison Ministry for 18 years with a very large church and helped to start another successful Prison Ministry with another church that at one point was baptizing over 100 inmates every year. He went on to become a church elder and leader and as such had one of the smartest, prettiest and most decent elder’s wives of any church. Joye taught Sunday Bible classes for over 40 years touching the lives of hundreds of young precious souls and trying to direct them towards the life she lived and wanted them to live. She was constantly involved in various ladies ministries and activity groups at churches in Atlanta, Grand Rapids Michigan and Rome Georgia. At one point she was the President of the Ladies Auxiliary for Christian Education associated with the Greater Atlanta Christian School. Her interest in education extended beyond her work with churches, which brings us in our brief journey of her life to the mental aspects of her life. Mind At an early age back in East Point, Georgia she began to excel very early in school in all her subjects. While at Southwest high school in Atlanta she became a member of the National Honor Society and a Merit Scholarship finalist. She began her college career with a scholarship to Randolph Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, later transferring to Georgia State University. Her college education was temporarily interrupted by marriage and then birth of her first son, which also interrupted a career opportunity with, at the time, the prestigious Trust Company of Georgia as a Dividend Clerk calculating, collecting and verifying client’s stock ownership's. She was placed in this vital position due to making the highest score ever recorded at the time on the James Pair Personnel Agency’s aptitude test. This agency was one of the most highly regarded personnel agencies in Atlanta at that time. How do we know she scored the highest ever? After the staff had informed Mr. Pair, the President and owner of the company, what Joye had just accomplished, he invited her into his office and told her, and then began asking her a lot of background questions. Later in her marriage after her three sons were old enough, she went back to Georgia State University completing her degree in History and graduating Cum-laude. She then became a substitute teacher with Gwinnett County and also a Librarian for the county. She became interested in Gwinnett County history and became a life member of the Gwinnett County Historical Society serving as President as well as many other Society officer categories and in 2001 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Society. Also for a number of years she had been continuing to do research into her family’s history and genealogy. She loved her family and extended family and was interested in discovering the rich and diverse history of her ancestors. She quickly became very proficient and knowledgeable in genealogy research and enjoyed using her knowledge to help other researchers. She was helping so many people she decided to begin doing this as a profession and fairly soon began to acquire a good network of clients to start her own business adventure that was to last for over 30 years. She loved the work so much that she began to use her revenues from the business to join organizations and travel to conferences and classes to increase her knowledge and skills as a professional genealogist. She was able to attain the highest level of certification for genealogists at the time from the National Board for Certification of Genealogists. She became a member of the Georgia Genealogical Society and rose to the office of Vice President and then President of the Society and served on the board of the Taylor Foundation, which made decisions on funding worthy and vital genealogical projects. She then became the editor of the Societies quarterly magazine for eight years substantially improving the professionalism of the quarterly and in 1996 received the Georgia Genealogical Society’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. With her growing network of professional genealogists she also became the founder of the Georgia Professional Genealogists organization. She also taught genealogy classes in local high schools and college, as well as a number of local study groups. She also taught classes in other states at different conferences and venues in various states from Georgia to Texas to Utah, and even Washington D.C. In Washington D.C., she also worked on various projects for the Daughters of the American Revolution. She received several awards from the D.A.R. regarding her work there. She was constantly being asked to participate in various local genealogy endeavors such as the local study groups already mentioned and other very interesting venues. One good example occurred when Ken Thomas, who has been writing the genealogy column in the Atlanta Journal for over 40 years, was asked by Georgia Public Radio to help start a pilot radio call in show on genealogy to potentially become a permanent show. Who did he call on to be his partner to help answer all the genealogy questions that would be called in by listeners? You guessed right. It was none other than Joye Quinn. The show was a big hit for one day. The phone banks filled up immediately and stayed filled up for the entire three hours of the program. We still have a tape of the program. Unfortunately for GPR, and the potentially successful show they could have had, GPR soon after was forced to make drastic cuts in personnel, including the producer behind this program idea. Later on the national TV program called “Finding your Roots” became an instant hit and highly successful program. Yet another potentially good talk radio idea was missed and went into the dust pan of history. She was in so many genealogy society’s I will probably miss one or two as I list them. First off, of course, has to be the Daughter’s of the American Revolution. She had 16 or 18 D.A.R. “supplementals,” which means she researched and documented 18 different family lines that any one of which would have qualified her for D.A.R. membership. She was indeed a member of many historical patriotic families, and she was a true patriot to her core deploring the terrible decline in patriotism for the greatest country that has ever existed under the canopies of heaven. She was so very happy that her granddaughter is now preparing to become a D.A.R. member extending Joye’s reach to new generations, which also will include this granddaughter’s daughter, one of Joye’s great granddaughters. The future looks bright for new patriots in the family line. Now to briefly finish this section here are the other organizations of which she was a member and a very active member. She researched family lines back to these specific eras in our nation’s history to find family members who directly participated in these historical events and times. Here are the others I can remember: The Jamestown Society, National Society Daughters of the American Colonies, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the War of 1812, The National Genealogy Society, The Georgia Genealogical Society. Now, this obituary grows long while my time to finish it grows short, so let’s now move on in our journey with Joye to the physical things, that is to say, the remarkable skill sets she possessed to make and produce tangible things like clothes, decorations, furnishings, foods, pastries, flowers, trees, bushes and you name it. Body Now to the material things she produced and created. I could just say all the things I just listed in the sentence above and be totally accurate and you could and can with your own imagination and experience know how she did produce all these things. But, I need to and want to mention a bit more about each category. At this point I continue to be truly staggered in my memory of all the things my lovely wife accomplished. She was truly the Proverbs 31 wife every man would love to have. Look it up! Clothes: She made bridal gowns and bride’s maid’s gowns for a couple of bridal boutiques, as well as for friends, neighbors and family members. She could even make men’s suits; just think of what that involves. Also she made some of her own clothes and some of the children’s clothes, also doll clothes. Cooking: She could and did cook about anything you can think of. For example how about one giant Beef Wellington and all the trimmings followed by one giant Baked Alaska dessert and this was for (stop and think about this) was for a party of 23 adults. The Baked Alaska almost didn’t fit into the oven. She loved to experiment with gourmet and international dishes and the lucky guy was very obliging to eat them all. She cooked wedding cakes, pastries of all kinds for all the different holidays. She hosted almost all the extended family holiday meals in her house feeding upwards of two dozen people or more on Easters, Thanksgivings, Christmases, as well as dinners like her annual Christmas dinner in her home for her organization Georgia Professional Genealogists. Decorations: She wall papered 8 rooms in her current house and made all the drapes and constructed supporting hardware and created the colorful padded facings that she attached to the supporting hardware. Also she upholstered and revitalized furniture for her home. Gardening: She loved gardening and loved her garden, but in recent years due to her health she was unable to do very much with the lovely garden areas she created in previous years. She had a number of different species she planted with different blooming periods through the seasons of the year in order to always have some colorful flowers or plants in her garden even in the winter months. Through the years she acquired some lovely statues for her gardens and had constructed decorative lattice brick serpentine walls across all areas of her garden with a very large lattice brick wall with a large black metal sculptured double gate leading into the back yard. She planted two maple trees in the front yard that grew into beautiful mature trees that became the golden pride of the neighborhood during the beautiful fall days in the Stone Mountain area. She could see that Mountain from our street. She had two other beautiful trees she planted in the front yard that she lived to see them reach that beautiful maturity in trees that stand as living evidence of the power and goodness of their Creator leaving all men without an excuse for unbelief. That is what she thought about God’s beautiful creation. And now we come to the last item and certainly one of the most important. Reading: She was a reader. From three years old and forward, she began reading and reading and then reading some more. During grammar school days and early teens, she thinks she may have read almost every book that was wroth reading, in the small East Point library, everything from the great classics to mystery novels. This provided the foundation for her later success in her spiritual life, her education and career paths, and for all the things she loved to create with her hands and her mind, which now completes and circles around back to where we started on this brief journey with her spirit, mind and body. Venire ad finem Speaking of paths and journeys and reading, this is an excellent place to end our brief journey into the life of a very remarkable woman who was loved by so many and who is and will be profoundly missed by all who knew her. The very last thing to say about her life path and journey is that she always read and studied her Bible all during her lifetime. It was her guide and stay and a lamp unto her feet and a light unto her path. God bless all of you. Thank you and Goodbye. Preceded in Death by:Her father, Edward Archie Lett II, her mother Louise Jackson Lett, her brother Edward Archie Lett III, her sister Morgana Lett Stewart. Survived by:Husband Frank William Quinn of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Son and his wife, Thomas Franklin Quinn and Megi Quinn of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Son and his wife, Matthew Lamar Quinn and Iris Quinn of Peachtree Corners, Son Timothy Quinn of Stone Mountain, and four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, sister, Celia Lett. The memorial service to celebrate the life of Joye L. Quinn will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM at 2:00 PM at Snellville Church of Christ, Snellville, GA. Minister Harold Savage and Minister Luke Quinn will officiate the service. The family will receive friends following the service until 3:30 PM at the church. Due to COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please continue social distancing and if desired to bring and wear a mask. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, A Family Company, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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