Joy Bridget Lezon, Ed.S.


Dec 27, 1950 ~ Mar 8, 2012


Definition of JOY
a: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety 2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss : a source or cause of delight

Origin of JOY
Middle English, from Anglo-French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudia to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gethein to rejoice.

First Known Use: 13th century


Related to JOY

Synonyms: beatitude, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, felicity, gladness, happiness, warm fuzzies

Meaning of "Joy" English name In English, the name Joy means- Joy. Rejoicing.. Other origins for the name Joy include - English, Latin-American, French The name Joy is most often used as a girl name or female name.

English Name Meaning - Joy. Rejoicing. Origin – English Alternate Origins - Latin-American French

Expression num - Positive Traits: The number 5 Expression Number endows with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. You can do so many things well. The tone of the number 5 is constructive freedom, and in your drive to attain this freedom, you will likely be the master of adaptability and change. You are good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what you want. Naturally, this gives you an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes to working with people in most jobs. Your popularity may lead you toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever you do, you are clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker.

Negative Traits: Your restless and impatient attitude may keep you from staying with any project for too long. Sometimes you can be rather erratic and scatter yourself and your energies. You have a hard time keeping regular office hours and maintaining any sort of a routine. You tend to react strongly if you sense that your freedom of speech or action is being impaired or restricted in any way. As clever as you are, you may have a tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again because much of your response is glib reaction rather that thoughtful application. You are in a continuous state of flux brought by constantly changing interests.

Soul Urge num - 4 With a 4 Soul Urge, there is an ever-present need to feel secure in a financial and in a professional sense. You gain happiness in the knowledge your debts are gone and your home environment is solid. When others show appreciation for your knowledge and expertise, you achieve a sense of fulfillment.

Joy Bridget Lezon passed away with dignity and peace on March 8, 2012 at home. She was born Dec 27, 1950 in Statesville, NC as Joy Bridget Pope to the late Clyde R. Pope and Barbara L. Patterson Pope. She was preceded in death by sister Paulette Koontz of Salisbury, NC, Ms. Minnie Pope and grandfather, Paul Patterson both of Statesville, NC. She was devoted to and survived by her husband and true love, John L. Lezon, Sr. She has a son David Cox and wife Tina of Statesville, NC. She considers Christina (Lezon) Spurgers and husband James, and John Lezon Jr. and wife Amanda her family as well. She has two grandchildren, Megan and Brandi and three great-grandchildren in Statesville, NC. She has eleven more grandchildren through extended family. She is also survived by numerous brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.

Joy was extremely proud of her educational accomplishments receiving her Associates in Arts from Mitchell Community College; Bachelor of Science (Education) from Gardner Webb College; Master of Arts (Education) and Specialist in Education from Appalachian University. She was also pursuing a Doctorate in Divinity. Joy enhanced the education and lives of so many children in her 30 plus year teaching career in North Carolina and Virginia. Joy never passed up the opportunity to sing. She was a devote Christian and member of numerous church choirs in North Carolina and would be called on to perform as a soloist. She sang in the St. Mary’s Church (Bowers Hill) choir and was a member of the Daybreak Singers.

Joy had a burning desire to write and publish books, had numerous scripts in progress and was a member of the Hampton Roads Writers.

“Doctor Deceit” is a fictional story of a Naval officer who was caught running a child pornography ring in the US Navy. He was sent to Leavenworth prison where he earned his doctorate in education free gratis of the US Navy and was released after serving less than four years. He settles in a small North Carolina town where he spends the next twenty years tutoring children. He built a solid reputation becoming a respectable citizen in the eyes of the community. His background is discovered by an investigative reporter and his life starts to unravel. Truth, a mystical fog, floats across his land, through the doors and enters and transfigures in his bed as his past wife. She allows him to kiss her, and she is transformed once again into a smothering fog and the rest is history as Dr Farley succumbs with visions of all the children he had maltreated.

“Grandmother Clyde” is a fictional story about Kathey that takes place in the foothills of North Carolina. It tells a story of Kathey’s life and her upbringing by her ‘Grand-ma Clyde.’ Members of her family and extended family are introduced throughout the book and the role they played in her upbringing and later life. It tells of her younger years being raised by her grandmother during the week, while on the week-ends she would go with her father upon his return from working in DC. The story finishes with Kathey finishing her college years and going on to becoming a renowned writer.

“My Name Is Joy” was to be her autobiography and how she transformed herself from a small town girl to a highly successful teacher. Joy lost her mother around the age of thirteen and moved around a great deal as her father traveled extensively. She dropped out of high school but did go back and complete her GED. She went on to college and soon thereafter left Statesville, NC to pursue a career in teaching. She married a master plumber and they both ran a highly successful business while she maintained her teaching career and continued her college education. Upon learning of her husband’s terminal cancer they returned to his hometown of Indiana where he died. Joy, continued teaching at the Indiana Youth Correctional Center for five more years. She finally returned to North Carolina to continue teaching and her education and to be closer to her father. She came to live with her sister in Virginia Beach after the death of her father and that is where she met her last husband. The rest is history with her passing.

“A Walk Through Psalms” was to be her personal take on the Book of Psalms, her most favorite and calming book in the Bible. She sought out this book in times of crisis or distress and had read it numerous times to the point that she could quote them verbatim. She was taking each Psalm, analyzing it and writing her interpretation into layman’s terminology. She was her happiest when she was conversing with and doing her Lord’s work. Her strong belief in God and active participation in religion brought her to commence her Doctorate in Divinity to have a deeper relationship with Him.

I am sure once Joy got started again in her writing she would have been able to finish a number of novels, however that was not to be. Joy was a very outgoing and charitable person who thought nothing of stopping what she was doing to assist someone else. I invite you to go to the beginning of this story and reread the dictionary meaning as well as the astrological. Everything written here is a PERFECT description of Joy’s life and the way she lived it!

Joy’s happiness, success and well-being was not measured in monetary terms but in the happiness and satisfaction she received by helping others. Her radiant smile and gregarious personality was such that one would be hard to find fault within her. The fact is Joy had never met a stranger. Joy was a multi-talented person who mastered adaptability and accepted change as a welcomed challenge. She treasured doing open microphone and don’t let her get a hold of a karaoke machine for she’ll be singing all night with her rich soprano voice. She could be outspoken but one would never know it and she was more than not correct in what she was saying. She was extremely proud of her accomplishments in education, rising as a dropout and obtaining her GED to climbing the educational ladder for her Educational Specialist degree, an equivalent to a Doctorate. She put 110 percent into everything she did and accomplished.

Joy Bridget Lezon touched the hearts of the many people she met. Her beautiful smile and dazzling eyes placed people at ease. She positively affected the lives of many children she taught throughout her career as I witnessed many that kept in touch with her and thanked her. With her beautiful voice she was requested to sing at events and solo in many churches throughout the foothills of North Carolina. She had a way of juggling her life for the benefit of others. She truly left and indelible mark that affected the lives of many even though few will realize it.

Joy Bridget Lezon will be missed by many people but not as much as by me.

In Memoriam by her husband, John L Lezon, Sr



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