Joan Lorraine Amacker was born on May 14, 1942, and passed away on June 22, 2023.
She was born and raised in Yazoo City, MS. She graduated from Redwood High School. She resided in Vicksburg, MS until 2000, when she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to be closer to her daughter, Tracy, and family. She was a jack-of-all-trades: from co-owning Amacker Tree stands, to running Play and Learn Daycare with her sister Josephine for many years, to retiring from a career at Coast Electric Power Association.
Joan was a very intentional and determined but pragmatic person who found a way through this world on her own path. Joan was limitless, unpredictable, and none-other than a force to be reckoned with when implementing her values, ethics, and morals; all of which we, as her family, are beyond blessed to have been taught. She exhibited undeniable beauty, love, perseverance, resilience, and strength to her family and friends.
Joan loved diet cokes, romance novels, a good slot machine, basketball (NBA, but Long Beach Girls Bearcats will always be her first love), playing Rummy, and it seemed as if she loved every Little Debbie Snack there was, coconut shrimp, and taco salads. We certainly can’t leave out her all-time love, Vince Gill. You would always catch her driving a Lincoln Town car and carrying so many kids to sports events, to movies, for snacks, or even for just a ride around town. She was always up for a good bargain hunt, adventurous road trips with her granddaughters, a good bottle of hairspray, and teasing her striking white hair as tall as she could make it. Although she loved a good bargain hunt, she also loved to dress to the nines with an abundance of jewelry, and made many heads turn with her desire of extravagant beauty and love of luxury. Her great grandsons’ favorite memories with her are simple: just being with their Nanny, watching Western Movies, eating too much Domino’s Pizza, driving the golf cart around the neighborhood, and always being one step ahead so she couldn’t catch them with her switch. Her grandsons gave her a sparkle in her eyes like none other, and fueled her passion to continue to be reliable, supportive, and dependable for those she loved.
Even when her health took a turn, she made the best of using her walker to ride her grandsons around the baseball field and spent too much money at the concession stands on everything but what their parents said they could have. Her passion for God and her faith, teaching, children, and her family was unquestionable. Joan was fearless, tenacious, and hard-headed, which is how she ensured her happiness, life, and hard work. She influenced a limitless amount of those that were a part of her journey.
She is preceded in death by her son, Brandon Joseph Amacker; parents, Lionel and Mamie Bradshaw; Annie McMaster (sister); and Lester Bradshaw (brother).
She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Evans (Chuck); her granddaughters, Aimee Mitchell (Chris) and Joannie Evans; her great-grandsons, William Ethan Mitchell and Christopher Corbin Mitchell; special nephew, Donald Servin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
As her family, we would like to personally thank Caleene Campbell from Dixie White House for caring for our Nanny as graciously and loving as you did for many years and keeping her “snap snap” fiery spirit alive.
In lieu of flowers, we ask to have donations made to the local humane society.
The family will host a Celebration of Life service at a later date.
The Riemann Family Funeral Home, Long Beach, is serving the family and online condolences may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com