Joyce Dobbins Traweek, 90, spiritual advisor who guided many journeys

Joyce Dobbins Traweek
Joyce Dobbins Traweek

Joyce Dobbins Traweek, 90, of Virginia Beach, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019. She was born in Richmond to the late Theodore Dobbins and Lula Mae Coe Dobbins.

Joyce was a beloved Bible teacher in Virginia Beach. She met June Carter in high school in Richmond and was lifelong spiritual advisor and friend to June and her husband Johnny Cash. Joyce was the advisor to Cash’s 1973 movie on the life of Jesus, Gospel Road.

Joyce grew up in Richmond and graduated from the Richmond Professional Institute, then a part of the College of William & Mary, where she majored in interior design and met her future husband.

Early in her marriage, she worked at Virginia National Bank, but she soon came to devote all of her time and energies to being a homemaker, to her art and to teaching the Bible.

Joyce had an eye for beauty and detail. She was meticulous in everything she did. She was also a quick study and developed into an accomplished amateur painter and sculptor.

Her real passion and calling, however, were as a Bible teacher. She became a very devout Christian with an insatiable desire to learn — and to share — about the Bible and the Christian “walk.” She taught the high school Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach for several years and led an every-Thursday-morning adult Bible class, initially at the Community Chapel, and then for several decades in the Chapel at First Presbyterian. Attendees spanned a broad swath of backgrounds and age groups.

Joyce was a volunteer Christian counselor to many. She was bold in her faith, unwavering in encouraging everyone to live as God would have them live, and she had a remarkable gift for seeing — and explaining — the hand of God in the twists and turns and nooks and crannies of everyday life. She has had a profound influence on the faith journeys of many, many people.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, John Nesbit Traweek, in 2003; brother, Gene Dobbins; and sister, Marian Wiley. She is survived by her daughter Nanci Hall.

A church service will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, June 21, at the chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach with a reception to follow in the church social hall. A graveside service will be held at the Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. that day.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to the charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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