Joyce Goates McAlister, 87, of Knoxville, Arkansas, died Monday, October 2, 2023, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The daughter of John and Annie Wilson Goates, she was born January 3, 1936, in Pelsor, Arkansas. Graveside & burial services are 2:00 PM Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Pollard Cemetery in Dover, Arkansas, under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Rev. James Lewis is officiating.\n\nJoyce was preceded in death by her parents, and her late husband, Bobby J. McAlister. She is survived by their daughter, Lynn McAlister, two sisters-in-law and several nephews and nieces.\n\nJoyce served as an operator and later a repair clerk in telephone communications. She\nattended the Assembly of God church and found great joy in reading her Bible. She enjoyed flowers and spending time with her beloved daughter, Lynn.\n\nJoyce’s internet obituary and online guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.