Joyce Robinson Lovern, 80, died on Saturday, January 1, 2022, in her home surrounded by family. She
was born in Blacksburg, VA., on June 21, 1941 to the late Archie E. Robinson Sr. and Myrtle Sowers
Robinson. She is preceded in death by her siblings: Archie E. Robinson Jr., Lana Saunders, and Rudolph
Robinson; as well as her daughter-in-law Jana Sheppard. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,
Gina and Roger Shelor; son Robert Sheppard; son and daughter-in-law, Drew and Ann Sheppard; and son
and daughter-in-law, Steven and Lisa Sheppard. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jesse, Cody,
Seth, Taylor, Forrest, David, and Emily; many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews; several chosen
family members and friends.
Joyce was full of stories, wisdom, and jokes. She loved life, family, friends, music and dancing the night
away. She was both the life of the party and a shoulder to lean on. She never met a stranger and her door
was always open to anyone who needed, or simply wanted to stop by. She had many kids, even if they
weren’t blood related. Joyce was a light to all who knew her and the world is just that little bit darker
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.