Joyce Knowles Badger, age 82, of Lebanon, passed away quietly Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Pavilion Senior Living Center after a short illness surrounded by family.
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 City 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; sister, Reva Pedigo of McMinnville; brother, Ralph Vanderpool of Pulaski.
Joyce is survived by: her husband of 43 years, Dr. Robert H. Badger, D.D.S., of Lebanon; identical twin sister, Loyce (Charlie) Bradshaw of Lebanon; three stepchildren, Betty (Al) Zettegren of Hendersonville, Woody Badger of Hartsville, Bill (Belinda) Badger of Hartsville; six step-grandchildren: Zach (Becky) Zettergren, Rob Badger, Liz (John) Allers, Clay Badger, Wyatt Badger, and Taylor (Brooke) Badger; seven step-great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces, Richard (Alene) Pedigo of McMinnville, Bobby Vanderpool of Pulaski, Aimee (Jim) Maytag of Colorado Springs, CO, Leann (Andy) McGinnis of Anchorage, AK, Sammye (Vince) Pokryfki of Wasilla, AK, and Jay Croft of Atlanta.
A visitation took place at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lebanon-Wilson County Library.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon, 615-444-2142, ligonbobo.com, was in charge of arrangements.