Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Joyce Griffith Butler

Joyce Griffith Butler, age 72, of Albemarle, NC, died peacefully on the morning of January 8, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family.  A loving, strong and playful woman, this wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many will be greatly missed and remembered with joy.

Joyce was born February 12, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to J. Guy and Elsa Griffith.  Her brother, J. Guy Griffith, Jr. preceded her in death.

She attended Winchester Thurston from kindergarten through high school.  She then went to Boston University, transferred to Point Park University, from which she received her Bachelor’s Degree.  She returned to school in the 1980s and received her teaching certification from Chatham University.  While teaching in North Carolina, she earned her Master’s Degree from Walden University.

A celebrated English teacher for over 30 years, her work garnered multiple awards.  She lovingly and joyfully served students at several schools, including Anson County High School, Albemarle High School and Grey Stone Day School.  She remained actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma after she retired.

A lifelong Episcopalian with a deep faith in God, she has been a member of All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Concord, NC for the past 20 years.  She was a frequent lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister and served with the local chapter of The Daughters of the King.

She was married to Alan W. Bock, who preceded her in death.  She is survived by her second husband, The Rev. Charles Roger Butler, with whom she recently celebrated 37 years of marriage. 

Joyce’s other survivors include her children: Thomas Butler, Stephen Butler, Anne Ferguson, Beth Voiles, Justin Bock and Madeleine Bock; her grandchildren: Wes, Emily, Cortney, Geoffrey, Zach, Hunter, Kassidy, Harrison, Jaedon, Ben, John, Griffin and William; and her great-grandchildren: Lily, Kiera, Sophie, Aiden, Jackson, Kaylee, Aubrey and Lydia.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2pm at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Concord, NC.  Family will receive friends at a reception in the parish hall following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the following: All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Rd NE, Concord, NC 28025; Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081; or Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.


  • Georgia Maner Posted January 9, 2019 7:38 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of the death of Joyce. I thought the world of her and had planned a lunch with her in Badin. I am so sad that never happened. We often put things off until it’s too late. Bless y’all for the wonderful mother, wife, teacher and friend she was to many.

    From a friend from Anson County

  • Leah Wagner Posted January 9, 2019 7:55 pm

    Mrs. Butler was greatly admired by my family. We came to know her at Gray Stone Day School. She was a fabulous teacher and person.

  • Nancy Matheny Rabner Posted January 9, 2019 8:00 pm

    I am so sad to read of Joyce’s passing. She was such a kind, wonderful girl always and even though she was a great friend of my sister Marga, I always looked up to her at Winchester and enjoyed talking to her on Facebook. What a loss. My deepest prayers for you all💖

  • Kelly hathcock Posted January 9, 2019 8:55 pm

    A wonderful teacher who was loved by many, if not ALL of her students !!!! She had a passion for children & for teaching & it really showed in the classroom! She will be greatly missed !

  • Beth McLaughlin Posted January 10, 2019 12:09 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She was a dear person and I cherished her friendship.

  • Bobbie Ann Walker Posted January 10, 2019 4:59 am

    Mrs. Butler was one of my all time favorite teachers during my school years. She was an inspiration and an ideal role model for many. Thoughts and prayers for everyone during this time!

  • Carrie Nivens Posted January 10, 2019 6:09 am

    Mrs. Butler was one of my favorite teachers! She was very sweet and taught me a lot during my time at Anson! My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Lynn White Posted January 10, 2019 8:30 am

    So sorry hear of the passing of Joyce. To her family my deepest condolences. It was my privilege working with her at Albemarle High School.

  • Peggy Stubbs Posted January 10, 2019 9:17 am

    Joyce was a childhood friend from our dats at WT. I was glad to have reconnected through FB. IReconnecting brought back so many memories of those times. I will miss her and am so sorry for your loss.

  • Teresa Stiles Posted January 10, 2019 11:14 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of this sad news. Joyce was an amazing teacher and friend. She could brighten a room with her huge smile and her laugh. She will not be forgotten. Thank you so much for sharing your wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother with us. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed so very much.

  • Brenda Forbis Posted January 10, 2019 2:10 pm

    Joyce was a special friend to me. We had many things in common. She was always fun to be around. and gave comfort and support to those who needed her.
    Peace and love to Roger and the family.

  • Cathy McNamee Posted January 11, 2019 11:32 pm

    I’m so incredibly sad to know Cousin Joyce has passed. She has always been one of my favorite people, relative or not. Joyce introduced me to classic literature when I was ten. I have always been so grateful to her for that. Love to the family!

  • Barbara Shapel Posted January 12, 2019 4:18 pm

    Sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. . What a special woman we have lost. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeanne Horner Pote Posted January 12, 2019 9:08 pm

    Joyce and I went through the “pillars “of WT from grades 1-12. Will always remember her smiles and her strong faith. Was happy to reconnect at our 50th reunion and to stay in contact through Facebook.. I was so sorry to hear of her passing, my prayers are with your family.

  • Marga Matheny Posted January 27, 2019 10:06 pm

    Joyce, I was so happy to connect with you at our 50th. We had known each other since kindergarten and had been at each other’s birthday parties for so many years.

    I was happy to know you had such a rich life with you wonderful husband whom I met and so many children and grandchildren about whom I heard.
    Congratulations. You did have a wonderful life.

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