On Friday morning, August 21, 2020, Rebecca Joy Barnes Day, loving Wife and Mother passed away at age 65 after a long 20 year bout with severe Multiple Sclerosis and most recently breast cancer.... Joy was born on Christmas Day in 1954 at the Baptist Princeton Hospital in Bessemer, Alabama to Reuben Joy Barnes and Eula Dean Davis.... After graduating from Minor High School (1973) near Birmingham she attended the University of Montevallo where she studied art. She remained passionate about art, painting, sketching and drawing as long as she was physically able to do so. She held numerous managerial Jobs with TJ Maxx and Goody's Retail stores, but she was quick to tell you that her greatest accomplishment was being a Mom to her son Nick and she enjoyed many precious childhood moments and trips with him. She was an avid music lover enjoying everything from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac and even modern Country artists. On October 11th, 1997 she married the love of her life Jeffery Day Senior, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, joined together at the Docena Baptist Church and they were together several years before she started showing symptoms of her primary illness. Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, first needing a walking cane then eventually became wheelchair bound 8 years ago, but despite being in a power chair Joy loved traveling extensively with her Husband Jeff Sr. all over the World, including such exciting locales like Nashville, Tennessee, Disney World (5 Times), London, England, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Paris, France, the Bahamas, Las Vegas, Nevada and Washington D.C. to visit the Smithsonian Institution, but most recently (2018) they picked up stakes and drove 2000 miles to Phoenix, Arizona where the couple lived for nearly 2 years before returning to Alabama and on November 26, 2019 they settled permanently in their fully wheelchair accessible luxury apartment in Huntsville. Joy's second favorite city in her home state.... one of her most thrilling adventures was last November when her and Jeff stayed at the El Tovar Hotel near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and took a sunset flight in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon at sunset, an adventure she talked about for months later, her last great excursion before a decline in her health, which resulted in her passing last Friday morning to spend Eternity in Heaven, her ultimate trip forever and ever since Joy was also a devoted and active member of the oldest Church in Alabama, First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, a member there for over 25 years, a church family that loved her so much for over two decades…..But despite having been diagnosed with M.S. 20 years ago, Joy continued to live a full life and never complained about the physical hardships she endured. She enjoyed spending time with her family, never failing to give everyone a big hug as they left her home during the holidays, Christmas being her favorite, not to mention that was also her Birthday each year, which Jeff never forgot... .One more important fact about Joy is that she would spend many hours talking with her grandchildren, spoiling them with her time and listening to every story they shared, never growing impatient with each one of them….Joy always had a kind and gentle manner with a contagious sweet smile that she shared freely with everyone she met.
Joy was preceded in death by her father, Reuben Joy Barnes, her mother, Dean Davis Barnes and her nephew, Christopher Reuben Barnes. She is survived by her Husband Jeff Day Senior, her Son Nick Allen, her stepdaughter, Julia Hemphil and her stepson, Jeffery Day Junior, her Brother Brack Barnes (wife Dona), her Sisters Lenora Jones (spouse Craig), Cindy Nobinger, and Sandy McKeever as well as three loving Grandchildren, many Nieces and Nephews, Cousins and Aunts who thought "the World" of her.. she'll surely be missed by everyone in her family until they're all reunited in Heaven!
A celebration of Joy's life will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Spry Funeral Home of Huntsville. Visitation will begin at 1pm with the Memorial Service at 2pm.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Rebecca Joy (Barnes) Day, please visit our floral store.