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Graveside Service

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Wednesday August 12th, 2020

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Joyce Hellams

Joyce Benson Hellams




Joyce Benson Hellams, age 79, of 1138 Church Street, and widow of James Floyd “Jim” Hellams, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.


Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late George Washington and Mary Emma Beard Benson.  Mrs. Hellams was a retired teacher with 35 years of service at Faith Christian School.  She was also a member of Faith Baptist Church. 


Surviving are her children, Lorna H. Pugh and husband David of Laurens, Teresa H. Nichols of Laurens, and James Floyd Hellams, II, of Blythewood; sister, Mildred Starnes and husband Martin of Mountville; grandchildren, John Brandon Pugh and wife Stephanie, Lauren Pugh Willis and husband James, Lindsay Pugh Jackson and husband Cory, and Zachariah Logan Pugh; and great-grandchildren, Braylee, Briggston, Mahkynzie, Kamron, Ethan, Aiden, Xander, Zayne, Avarie, and Raelin.


In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Ann Benson; and an infant brother.


Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Forest Lawn Cemetery conducted by Pastor William Cole.


To contact the family please contact her granddaughter Lauren at 864-871-4502.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1607 Highway 221 South, Laurens, SC  29360.


Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.



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A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Hellams

Amy Wilhite Black Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss! Prayers for your family

Danny and Ann Graydon Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Hellams

Christy Coates Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Hellams

Sissy Eustace Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

So blessed to have shared 14 years with my sister at Faith Baptist & Faith Christian. What a privilege to have served with, taught her youngest as well as her two oldest grand younguns!
Much love to all!
Teresa, remember the hardest test question was always the hardest?

Don Knowles Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

Memories of Mrs Hellams teaching us in first grade. So sorry for your loss Jimmy, Lauren and Teresa my prayers are with you

Beth Owens Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to learn of the passing of Joyce. We went to Laurens High school together. Joyce was always a sweet person and I enjoyed being around her!

Sandra Turner Walker Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Hellams

Cathy Watts Hughes Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM