Joy Ann Fowler, 77, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She was born March 12, 1943, in Clover Bend, to the late Charles Lindsey and Anna Simmons Counts. She was a homemaker during her early life and retired from Skil. She was a member and involved in the prayer group at the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge. Joy spent many hours in her yard working in her flower garden and bird watching. She loved her grandchildren, church family and her cats. She was an avid supporter of animal rescue, ASPCA and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Dale Counts; and sisters, Deborah Kluge, Lois Vernida Counts, Melva Massey and Wanda Petersen.

Joy is survived by her sons, Scott Fowler (Rhonda) of Clover Bend, Mark Fowler of Atlanta; her daughter, Angela Barnes (Mitch) of Jonesboro; brother, Gale Counts (Helen) of Tom Bean, Texas; sister, Lavoe Harber (Guy) of Cordova Tenn.; grandchildren, Whitney Blackburn (Justin) of Paragould, Tyler Fowler (Sarah) of Hoxie; two great-grandchildren, Zeb Dickson Fowler and Sydney Fowler; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family members and friends.

Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10-11 a.m. under the canopy at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Funeral services followed at 11 with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge in Memphis.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfh walnutridge.com.

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