Age 82, received her gift of eternal life on Sunday, May 23, 2021, after a long struggle with Parkinsons Disease.
She was born on April 10, 1939, in Macon County in the city of Lafayette, TN. She moved to Nashville as a young girl while her Dad served in the Army during WWII. The family settled in North Nashville in Germantown. Joan became a Christian at First Bible Presbyterian Church as a young girl.
Joan attended Elliott School then the family moved to Bellevue after the war was over. She graduated from Bellevue High School- Class of 1957. She was a class officer and Cheerleader Captain. She started Nursing School at Metro Nashville General Hospital in September of 1957 and then worked there for over 50 years as an RN. Her later years she worked premature nursery (30 years) and then the NICU once it was established. She retired in 2007.
She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Joe C. Estes, Sr., two weeks after nursing school graduation. They were married in August of 1960, at First Bible Presbyterian Church. They were married for 48 years plus until Joe's homegoing in December of 2008, from Alzheimer's Disease.
Mrs. Joan was a devoted Pastor's wife and served along side Bro. Joe at 5 Middle TN SBC Congregations. She was a Sunday School Teacher, Nursery Coordinator, Vacation Bible School Director, leader in the WMU (Women's Missionary Union) and Wednesday night "SunBeams" teacher. Though not a charter member of Charlotte Road Baptist Church, she'd been involved with the church when it began as a Mission in October 1957. After Bro. Joe's retirement from active ministry in 2005, they found their church home back at CRBC. She was an active member of the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class and loved her class members dearly.
She loved spending time with her family and hosted the Annual "Estes Easter Extravaganza" (as Joseph called it) every Easter Sunday for over 40 years with the combined families. She also hosted Sunday School Christmas parties and the Annual Deacon/Staff Christmas parties for the various churches for many years. As a true southern lady, always fixing more food than anyone could eat in one sitting.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John E.
"Doc" Hill and Milred L. (Walrond) Hill; brother Larry Hill; husband, Joe C. Estes, Sr., and most recently her daughter, Sonya Lynn Estes.
Joan is survived by her son. Joseph C. Estes, Jr.; devoted cousins, Gale White, Sheila (Monte) Lee, Kevin (Alicia) White; sisters in love, Peggy (Wayne) Fisher, Claudia (Steve) Hall, Sherrie (Bob) Spencer, Nancy Hill and several nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
A Celebration of her Life will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 9:30AM, at Charlotte Road Baptist Church with Pastor Joe Frejosky officiating. Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be the Deacons of CRBC. Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult Ladies SS Class. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the CRBC Benevolence Fund (7511 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209).
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and devoted staff at Lakeshore The Meadows in Bellevue and to Caris Hospice.
Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from 2PM until 8PM, and on Thursday from 9:00AM until the service time at 9:30AM, all at Charlotte Road Baptist Church on Charlotte Pike.