QUILLER ~ Joyce Harper-Quiller, 57, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away peacefully January 10, 2021 following a brief illness. She was born as the middle daughter of three girls to Harvey and Jimmie P. Harper of Jacksonville, Florida March 18, 1963.
Joyce grew up on the Northside of Jacksonville and graduated from Jean Ribault Senior High School, class of 1981. After graduating, she entered the workforce and eventually went back to school graduating in 1992 from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida with a degree in Mathematics Education. During her tenure there, she was a member of the EWC Concert Choir and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her passion for education, no doubt passed down from her mother, drove her lifelong career and love of teaching her students math from pre-algebra to calculus. During her teaching tenure, she taught at two middle schools, but loved teaching at the high school level. This sparked her later desire to earn her Master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She was currently teaching at the Temple College Preparatory Christian School.
Joyce was an active lifelong member of her church, The Bethel Church, where Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., is pastor. She was active in the Music Ministry where she served on the Praise Team, the Women’s Choir and was alto section leader in the Voices of Judah Mass Choir. Joyce also spent two years in Atlanta teaching high school math at Redan High School and became a member of the House of Hope Atlanta Church with Pastor E. Dewey Smith. She absolutely adored singing and participating with church choirs where she was always a premier soloist. Joyce shared her gift from God with the world.
She is survived by daughter, Jamese Mitchell; grandchildren, Jaydin and Jazzmin Mitchell; parents, Harvey & Jimmie P. Harper; siblings, Beverly Harper, James Ellis (Michelle) and Heather Carter (Martin); play sister, Thelecia Wilson; nephews, Carl Jackson, James Ellis, Martin Carter, Jr. and Nicholas Carter; nieces, Jachelle Ellis and Alanna Carter; five uncles; three aunts; cousins near and far; along with a host of friends, sorority sisters, classmates, former students and her loving Bethel church family. Joyce and her angelic voice will be greatly missed.
Celebration of Life Service for Joyce Harper-Quiller will be 11 AM Saturday, January 16, 2021 at The Bethel Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Lead Pastor; Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Viewing will be Friday at THE CHURCH from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Drive, 904-924-9400. You may witness the service live by accessing the live stream link at Facebook live : The Bethel Church or website https://thebethelexperience.com
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