Joyce E. Tallent age 75 of Smithville passed away Friday morning April 16, 2021 at NHC of Smithville. She was born December 25, 1945 to her parents, the late Melvin and Cecil Trapp Billings. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Lynn Tallent. Mrs. Tallent was a member of Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church and she was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leonard Tallent of Smithville; 2 sons: Marty Tallent of Smithville, and Ronald (Andrea) Tallent of McMinnville; grandchildren: Brandon Tallent, Martelia Tallent, Alex and Aaron Tallent; 2 uncles; R. V. (Brenda) Billings and Claude Billings both of Johnsons Chapel. Funeral services will be 2:PM Sunday April 18, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Earl Langley and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 3:00PM till 7:00PM and on Sunday 11:00AM until the time of the service at 2:00PM. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and the safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 people for the service. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and NO food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. The family of Mrs. Tallent would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff of NHC Healthcare for the love and care given to Joyce. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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