LaFAYETTE — Joy Rene Patton, 49, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. She was born on July 20, 1968, in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is the daughter of Jim and Koy Patton; mother of Luke Gilleland and Raleigh Lewis; and sister to Kim Patton. She went to school in LaFayette and was a graduate of Berry College. A hairdresser by trade, Joy loved her work family and clients and was excited to go to work each day. Animals were her passion and she could not bear to see dogs, well any animals, neglected or abused. She had a love for books and was an avid reader and was a stickler for proper English usage and pronunciation. She adored all of her friends and would have done anything for them. Grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Langley and Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Patton precede her in death. A funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of LaFayette with Dr. Warren Moorhead officiating. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 p.m. until hour of service at the church. Pallbearers are Zack DeBord, Brandon Whitten, Roy Hambrick, Jip Hamilton, Richard Wright, and Preston Stephenson. Honorary pallbearers are Hunter Gordy and Dustin Allen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walker County Library 305 S. Duke St., LaFayette GA 30728 or to the Walker County Animal Shelter 5488 N. Marble Top Rd., Chickamauga, GA 30707. Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.