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Joyce LaJuan (Norton) Tapp

March 25, 1938 — January 6, 2024

Somerville, Tennessee

Joyce LaJuan Norton Tapp, age 85, resident of Somerville, Tennessee and wife of Paul Thomas “Tom” Tapp, departed this life Saturday morning, January 6, 2024 at her home.

Joyce was born March 25, 1938 in Middleton, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Otto and Ruth Norton. She graduated from Treadwell High School in Memphis and attended business school, later working in the accounting department at Sears-Roebuck. Joyce was married March 1, 1963 to Paul Thomas “Tom” Tapp and was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Tapp enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning and cooking for her family. She was known for her blueberry cheesecake and for being an immaculate housekeeper. Known as “Granny”, Joyce babysat all of her grandchildren and was a room mother at Fayette Academy in Somerville while her daughters were in school.

Mrs. Tapp is survived by her husband of almost 61 years, Tom Tapp of Somerville, TN; three daughters, Diane Jones (Billy) of Somerville, TN, Becky Baker (David) of Hickory Valley, TN and Janice Holland (Billy) of Somerville, TN; her son-in-law, Alan Boyer; her sister, Wanda Norton of Horn Lake, MS; seven grandchildren, Megan Jones, William Jones (Shelia), Rachel Jones, Cynthia Boyer, Laura Reeves (Brian), Ryan Wasson and Shawn Wasson; and two great-grandchildren, Kensley Lane and CJ Lane.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Boyer and two sisters, Sadie Norton and Glenda Arrowsmith.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Tapp were held at 2 P.M. Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at Hebron Cemetery near Somerville with Ryan Pattat officiating.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers were William Jones, Shawn Wasson, Len Doyle, Bob Doyle, Darren Arrowsmith and Lawrence Watkins.

The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville

18020 U.S. 64, Somerville, TN 38068

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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