Joyceann Greenidge

Sunrise: October 26, 1953

Sunset: January 21, 2024

Joyceann was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 26, 1953, to the late Josephine Whitaker. Saved, sanctified, holy ghost filled, and ‘Blessed and Highly Favored’, Joyceann Greenidge, was 70 years old when she went home to be with our Lord and Savior on January 21, 2024, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Joyce was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and wife. As a proud and strong mother, she raised her children through love, discipline, education, humor and taught them to love the lord. Wherever her children went, no matter their age, she never let anything stand in between her visiting and being a mother to them. As a grandmother, she went out of her way to show her grandchildren love through gifts, visits, outings, and also planting the seed of the love of God in their hearts. Joyce as a mother and grandmother was always fun to be around as she was hilariously funny and always made us laugh.

Upon graduating high school, Joyce embarked upon a lifetime of service through many capacities worldwide. Joyceann Greenidge began her life of service by honorably serving in both the United States Airforce and later serving in the United States Army. She also served as a 911 emergency operator at 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan NY. Joyce was the Founder and President of The Center for Christian Women’s Development Outreach Ministry in Portsmouth, VA. Additionally, Joyce served as both a certified drug-alcohol addiction and faith counselor under many ministries including Crenshaw Christian Center in California and Chesapeake Christian Center in Virginia. Volunteering her time and service for the homeless and anyone in need was also a part of her mission.

Everyone who knew Joyceann knew that being a lifelong learner was another mission of hers. Her constant pursuit of education or training afforded her the opportunity to attend many educational institutions while acquiring a sleuth of diplomas and certifications to serve others. Some of these institutions included: ITT, Brooklyn College, Medgar’s Evers College, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community college, Crenshaw ChristianMinistries, and many more. Joyce’s certifications afforded her the ability to counsel and minister to people suffering from sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, and much more. Joyce also served in the healthcare industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Joyceann Greenidge’s personality was larger than life. Her son described her presence and countenance being of a Resilient and Incandescent one. She possessed an awesome and dynamic god-fearing soul. Joyceann was hilariously funny. She was a motivator and a prayer warrior. Joyce was a survivor that was unapologetically authentic. She was a loving, caring, strong, woman who always went out of her way to help anyone and everyone. Nationwide, Joyce adopted a host of extended family and friends from all walks of life. Joyce always took the time to mail cards and send gifts or call for special occasions to show her love. From her children’s friends to the landlord ladies, she left a great impression on everyone she crossed paths with. Everyone knew exactly where they stood with her, and she let them know how she felt about them immediately. Joyceann had to always be right but meant well. Traveling by car, bus, train, or plane, Joyce loved to get around. Like a jack-in-the-box, she could pop up on you and visit at any time. When greeted with the question asking how she was doing, Joyce never failed to let everyone know she was “Blessed and Highly Favored”; if you asked her ‘What’s up?’, she always answered ‘God’s up, we’re still down here!’. And for her grandchildren, if you called her grandma, she would say “Call me nana!”. For her children and grandchildren, she would say ‘Pimpin ain’t easy’. These are some of the funny and spiritual antics left behind. Ultimately, she was a great mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, friend, Christian, family member, and a wonderful human being who will always be loved and will forever be cherished and admired, and most of all never forgotten!

Joyceann Greenidge is survived by her loving daughters Shariyka R. Greenidge-Williams, Shener M. Greenidge; and sons, Raphah W. Jones, Antonio R. Pippens. She was preceded by her by her 15 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, sisters Ada Gray (Linwood) and Annette McAllister (Michael), brother Elton Daniels, and a host of family members and friends. She was preceded by her son Rahsaan I. Greenidge; husbands, Kenneth C. Greenidge and Niguel White; brothers, Edward ‘Junnie’ Whitaker Jr. and Larry Daniels.

Memorial Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, February 1, 2024 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel

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    Wynde' Carey says

    Dearest Family,
    “My heart goes out to you for the loss of your mother. I know how much she meant to you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Know that I’m here for you, Always”

    Love you all

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    Chivon says

    Aunt Joyce I never could imagine I would be putting RIP in front of your name. We just lost Uncle Larry and now you have joined your brother. I try not to question God and all I could ask is if he could keep his arms wrapped tight around the family. My condolences to my cousins on the loss of their mom. Love you all

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    Sibyl Seth says

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that are prayers are with you Skyye! Blessings, Sibyl, Amit and Pyar Seth

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    Na'Keia Lewis says

    Rest in paradise Joyce You lived your life and lived it to the fullest and always unapologetically My thoughts and prayers are with the family especially your children and grandchildren during this difficult time May God give them the strength they need ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Delcenia Lee says

    My deepest condolences to all My prayers of comfort and peace are with you. May your precious memories give you comfort at the time Love Always Your bonus family Dell Jette and Lee

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    LaJoia Carey-Nelson says

    My prayers are with you as I cannot imagine the loss you feel, but know your happy memories of her are something you can always think about in your time of sadness.
    Love Always

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    Ibrahim Muhammad says

    My condolences to cousin Joyce for she have been a big sister to us all. She will be missed.

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    Semaj Carey says

    Hey Aunt Shariyka and family. I want to send my condolences to you. Mrs. Joyce was like a 2nd grandmother to me. She always checked on me and I will forever hold the memories of her. Jalil and I thank you so much and you are truly going to be missed. Auntie I love you and I’m here.

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    Kateri Corey says

    Words cannot express your sadness and heartache, but hold close to each other and God’s unchanging hand. Remember his promises John 14: 25 and 26 his words are true. The comforter has already been sent just hold on. Praying for you.

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    Myrna Coward says

    My condolences to the family of Joyceann Greenidge. Continue to believe in the resurrection hope as it says at Acts 24:15, “And I have hope toward God which hope these men also look forward to that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”

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