She was born August 24, 1936, in Warren County to Robbie (Davis) and Elbert Knowles, and graduated in 1954 from Central High School in McMinnville.
Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Tennessee Tech, and two master’s degrees in education before beginning her career at Lebanon Special School District. She taught second grade at McClain School before becoming supervisor of instruction until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Reva Pedigo, of McMinnville, and a brother, Ralph Vanderpool, of Pulaski.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dr. Robert H. Badger, D.D.S., of Lebanon; her identical twin sister, Loyce (Charlie) Bradshaw, of Lebanon; step-children Betty (Al) Zettegren of Hendersonville, Woody Badger of Hartsville, and Bill (Belinda) Badger of Hartsville; 6 step grandchildren: Zach (Becky) Zettergren, Rob Badger, Liz (John) Allers, Clay Badger, Wyatt Badger, and Taylor (Brooke) Badger; 7 step great grandchildren; nephews and nieces Richard (Alene) Pedigo of McMinnville, Bobby Vanderpool of Pulaski, Aimee (Jim) Maytag of Colorado Springs, Colo., Leann (Andy) McGinnis of Anchorage, Alaska, Sammye (Vince) Pokryfki of Wasilla, Alaska, and Jay Croft of Atlanta.
A visitation will take place at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lebanon-Wilson County Library.
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