Joan Pike Robbins, 80, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 25th, 2023. Born on June 28th, 1943, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Joan was the daughter of the late Horace and Myrtle Lee Pike and was the wife of Marion Robbins. Joan was a 1961 graduate of Chapman High School and became a homemaker before later earning her CNA from Spartanburg Methodist College in 1984. She then worked as a nurse’s aid for nearly 20 years at Magnolia Manor in Spartanburg and faithfully cared for many beloved patients before retiring in 2003.
In addition to her husband, Joan is survived by her three children, Teressa Atkins Coggins, Stephen Atkins (Joy), and Candice Thornton McCombs (Kenny); grandchildren: Cassady Coggins Groom (Jon), Taylor Atkins, Emily Atkins, Ken McCombs III (Erin), Krysta McCombs (fiancé, Brenton Profera), and Ethan McCombs; and great-grandchildren, Caleb Groom, Ruby Groom, Ella McCombs, and Grayson McCombs. Also left to cherish Joan’s memory are: her sisters, Evon Pike Gregory, Nancy Pike Foster, Barbara Pike Price, Dianne Pike Barnette (Zane); a brother, Joe Pike; her many nieces and nephews; and her dearest friend, Faye Edge. She was predeceased by her late husband, Edward Thornton; a sister, Ollie Pike Hipp, and two brothers, Harry Pike and Ralph Pike.
Long before Joan became a grandmother, she affectionately earned the title of “Mema” by her nieces and nephew. Mema (also known as “Meme” and “Grandma”) always offered an open door to all who entered her home, and over the past 36 years, she and Marion cultivated a long-standing family tradition by lovingly providing a home cooked Sunday dinner for their family. Her chicken casserole, macaroni pie, and homemade biscuits were second to none! In addition to cooking, Mema’s favorite pastimes included flower gardening, working crossword puzzles and crypto-quotes, watching “the stories”, and fall trips to Pigeon Forge. Mema will long be remembered for her compassion, her love for family, and her quiet strength and Christian faith that guided her throughout all of life.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 28th, 2023 at 11am at Roselawn Memorial Gardens (1451 Compton Bridge Road, Inman) with the Rev. Alan Bagwell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Hospice Home at 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303. The family will be at the home of daughter, Candice McCombs.
The family would like to extend a special word of gratitude to the Hospice House along with Joan’s nieces, Kim Johnson and Jennifer McAbee, for their exceptional care and ongoing support through this difficult time.
Seawright Funeral Home & Crematory