In February 2017, we here at the TNGenWeb were saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Joyce Gaston Reece.
Joyce began with TNGenWeb as a contributing volunteer in the early 2000s, going on to adopt her first county in 2007. At the time of her passing, Joyce was our coordinator for Polk and Cockee counties, and special projects administrator for the TNGenWeb sites First People of Tennessee and the American Southeast and Cherokee By Blood. She also took on responsibility for being our overall Special Projects Coordinator. In addition to the TNGenWeb, Joyce also volunteered as a member of the USGenWeb Election Committee.
Having had an interest in genealogy since she was 16 years old, close to 50 years, Joyce was amazingly dedicated to genealogy and helping people make connections. She was born and raised born and raised in Polk County and at the time of her passing, lived in McMinn so Polk- both counties were near and dear to my heart. Cocke is one of those counties that has lost all their county records due to a fire in 1879 but thanks to wonderful contributors it has blossomed into a very informative and helpful site.
Rest in peace Joyce – you are with your ancestors now.