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Joyce Ann Lawson

Wheeling, West Virginia

March 20, 1934 - June 8, 2024

Joyce Ann Lawson Obituary

Joyce Ann Timblin West Lawson, 90, of Wheeling, WV, beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother “Grandma Joyce” went to Heaven to join her recently departed husband, Prof. Keith F. Lawson.


Mrs. Lawson was born March 20, 1934, at home in Ellwood City (Wurtemburg), Lawrence County, PA, to the late Alma May Hazen and Charles William Timblin.


In the 1970’s she co-owned Jay’s Pizza with her first husband, the late Jeremiah “Jay” W. West, with locations in Bridgeport, OH and Wheeling, WV. Jay’s Pizza will always be remembered as a popular hangout for the Wheeling Park Dance after crowd. As a result of their success the West Family expanded their passion to a fine dining experience with the creation of the Village Inn Restaurant in West Alexander, PA where Chef Joyce Ann honed her cooking and entertaining skills. She passed these skills on to her children and grandchildren, especially her grandson, Joshua C. Benyo who was her cohort, caregiver and advocate. The Pittsburgh Press in August of 1982, reviewed the Village Inn and said, “The food is just like what you might expect at Grandma’s too - plain, honest fare that is exceptionally well prepared.” Joyce and Jeremiah West shared a love of aviation as private pilots and aviation enthusiasts.


Joyce was a member of the Washington Acres Homemakers Club, the Stone Presbyterian Joy Circle, the Ohio Valley Street Survivors and was an avid community volunteer, a supporter of arts and music at West Liberty University where she offered her generous support to the Hilltop Opera Program for the production of Hansel & Gretel and accompanied her husband, Prof. Keith Lawson as spousal member of his Faculty Retiree Association. Anyone who visited Joyce at her home in the Oglebay Hills would have seen many paintings, drawings, numerous crafting pieces and handmade Christmas tree decorations, which she curated for over 30 years. Joyce loved technology and the opportunities in reading, skill development and access to information of the modern world or social media as it allowed for connection to friends and family near and far.


Joyce was a profound believer in the humanities, a gifted artist in many disciplines, especially rhetoric, painting, knitting, needlework and music– which led her to meet her cherished second husband, the late Keith F. Lawson. They were both members of the Ohio Valley Chorale, where they met, and were married for thirty one years. Joyce and Keith also shared a passion for the arts, lifelong learning and entertaining, gardening, crafting, woodworking, traveling and ocean sea cruising which they took full advantage of in their retirement years. The Lawson’s shared many happy moments at their summer cottage and serene mountainous retreat at Mt. Storm Lake, in Grant County, WV.


She graduated in 1952 with honors and distinction from Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, PA, a faithful servant to her church and member of the Lawrence County 4-H program—most notably, where she won first place for her infamous Lady Baltimore Cake at the Lawrence County Fair. Following graduation she then worked as a clerk for the phone company. Joyce was a graduate of the Garfield Business Institute where she learned her acumen for business and worked as an executive assistant and paralegal for a law firm.


Joyce was a devout woman of faith and firmly believed in the power of prayer. She was a supporter, devoted elder and worship committeewoman, pillar of fundraising efforts at Stone Presbyterian Church in Elm Grove, WV. Music was a crucial element of their lives, and alongside her husband, Keith, served the chancel choir for over 25 years.


The family offers a sincere thanks to Mrs. Linda Sandiford and Mr. William Sandiford, for their love and support and most especially their friendship to the Lawson’s, and their shared love of faith. A special notion of gratitude is bestowed to Mrs. Linda Sandiford for her guidance, wisdom and dignified approach in supporting the abundant and successful facilitation of their care.


Mrs. Lawson is survived by her children, Linda L. West Benyo and James A. (Sheri) West; stepchildren, Kirk J. Lawson and Eric C. (Debbie) Lawson; grandchildren, Stephanie M. (Michael) Benyo Hayslett of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeremiah L. (Jordan) Benyo of Alton ME, Ashley N. (William) Reynolds Robinson of Front Royal VA, Sarah E. Benyo of Beaver Falls, PA, Joshua C. Benyo and Jacob I. Benyo, both of Wheeling, WV; great-grandchildren, Kaleb A. Hayslett, Hunter M. Hayslett, Connor R. Hayslett, Jackson W. Robinson, Amanda V. Robinson, Sophia A. Gill, Jahleel S. Benyo, Aevry R. Benyo and Nova C. Benyo; sister, Sally M. Iseman and sister-in-law, Marsha A. Timblin, both of Cape Canaveral, FL; and many extended family members and friends.


In addition to her parents and husband, Keith, she was preceded by her brother, Charles L. Timblin; and brother-in-law, Robert K. Iseman.


Memorial contributions can be made to Stone Presbyterian Church, C/O: Sound System Fund, 25 East Cove Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003, the Ohio County 4-H Foundation, 51 16th St. #301, Wheeling, WV 26003 or YWCA, 1100 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003


A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 2 PM at Stone Presbyterian Church with Pastor Christina Francis and Rev. Debra Dague officiating. Refreshments will follow at the Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., Wheeling.


Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV (304-242-2311).




To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Joyce Ann Lawson hosted by Kepner Funeral Home.

Joyce Ann Timblin West Lawson, 90, of Wheeling, WV, beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother “Grandma Joyce” went to Heaven to join her recently departed husband, Prof. Keith F. Lawson.


Mrs. Lawson was born March 20, 1934, at home in Ellwood City (Wurtemburg), Lawrence County, PA, to the late Alma May Hazen and Charles William Timblin.


In the 1970’s she co-owned Jay’s Pizza with her first husband, the late Jeremiah “Jay” W. West, with locations in Bridgeport, OH and Wheeling, WV. Jay’s Pizza will always be remembered as a popular hangout for the Wheeling Park Dance after crowd. As a result of their success the West Family expanded their passion to a fine dining experience with the creation of the Village Inn Restaurant in West Alexander, PA where Chef Joyce Ann honed her cooking and entertaining skills. She passed these skills on to her children and grandchildren, especially her grandson, Joshua C. Benyo who was her cohort, caregiver and advocate. The Pittsburgh Press in August of 1982, reviewed the Village Inn and said, “The food is just like what you might expect at Grandma’s too - plain, honest fare that is exceptionally well prepared.” Joyce and Jeremiah West shared a love of aviation as private pilots and aviation enthusiasts.


Joyce was a member of the Washington Acres Homemakers Club, the Stone Presbyterian Joy Circle, the Ohio Valley Street Survivors and was an avid community volunteer, a supporter of arts and music at West Liberty University where she offered her generous support to the Hilltop Opera Program for the production of Hansel & Gretel and accompanied her husband, Prof. Keith Lawson as spousal member of his Faculty Retiree Association. Anyone who visited Joyce at her home in the Oglebay Hills would have seen many paintings, drawings, numerous crafting pieces and handmade Christmas tree decorations, which she curated for over 30 years. Joyce loved technology and the opportunities in reading, skill development and access to information of the modern world or social media as it allowed for connection to friends and family near and far.


Joyce was a profound believer in the humanities, a gifted artist in many disciplines, especially rhetoric, painting, knitting, needlework and music– which led her to meet her cherished second husband, the late Keith F. Lawson. They were both members of the Ohio Valley Chorale, where they met, and were married for thirty one years. Joyce and Keith also shared a passion for the arts, lifelong learning and entertaining, gardening, crafting, woodworking, traveling and ocean sea cruising which they took full advantage of in their retirement years. The Lawson’s shared many happy moments at their summer cottage and serene mountainous retreat at Mt. Storm Lake, in Grant County, WV.


She graduated in 1952 with honors and distinction from Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, PA, a faithful servant to her church and member of the Lawrence County 4-H program—most notably, where she won first place for her infamous Lady Baltimore Cake at the Lawrence County Fair. Following graduation she then worked as a clerk for the phone company. Joyce was a graduate of the Garfield Business Institute where she learned her acumen for business and worked as an executive assistant and paralegal for a law firm.


Joyce was a devout woman of faith and firmly believed in the power of prayer. She was a supporter, devoted elder and worship committeewoman, pillar of fundraising efforts at Stone Presbyterian Church in Elm Grove, WV. Music was a crucial element of their lives, and alongside her husband, Keith, served the chancel choir for over 25 years.


The family offers a sincere thanks to Mrs. Linda Sandiford and Mr. William Sandiford, for their love and support and most especially their friendship to the Lawson’s, and their shared love of faith. A special notion of gratitude is bestowed to Mrs. Linda Sandiford for her guidance, wisdom and dignified approach in supporting the abundant and successful facilitation of their care.


Mrs. Lawson is survived by her children, Linda L. West Benyo and James A. (Sheri) West; stepchildren, Kirk J. Lawson and Eric C. (Debbie) Lawson; grandchildren, Stephanie M. (Michael) Benyo Hayslett of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeremiah L. (Jordan) Benyo of Alton ME, Ashley N. (William) Reynolds Robinson of Front Royal VA, Sarah E. Benyo of Beaver Falls, PA, Joshua C. Benyo and Jacob I. Benyo, both of Wheeling, WV; great-grandchildren, Kaleb A. Hayslett, Hunter M. Hayslett, Connor R. Hayslett, Jackson W. Robinson, Amanda V. Robinson, Sophia A. Gill, Jahleel S. Benyo, Aevry R. Benyo and Nova C. Benyo; sister, Sally M. Iseman and sister-in-law, Marsha A. Timblin, both of Cape Canaveral, FL; and many extended family members and friends.


In addition to her parents and husband, Keith, she was preceded by her brother, Charles L. Timblin; and brother-in-law, Robert K. Iseman.


Memorial contributions can be made to Stone Presbyterian Church, C/O: Sound System Fund, 25 East Cove Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003, the Ohio County 4-H Foundation, 51 16th St. #301, Wheeling, WV 26003 or YWCA, 1100 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003


A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 2 PM at Stone Presbyterian Church with Pastor Christina Francis and Rev. Debra Dague officiating. Refreshments will follow at the Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., Wheeling.


Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV (304-242-2311).




To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Joyce Ann Lawson hosted by Kepner Funeral Home.

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