• Joyce is an artist, pianist and a poet.  She loves painting in various mediums (oils, watercolor and acrylics).  She loves writing poetry in her spare time and playing the piano.
  • Joyce is from Fredericksburg, Virginia.  She is the fourth child of five Siblings.  Her father, Philip Daniel Samuels (Deceased) was a landscaper for 38 years at the Kenmore House in Fredericksburg, where Betty Washington Fielding, sister of the 1st President, George Washington.  Her mother, Catherine Mae Samuels was a Nurse Assistant at Mary Washington for 39 years.
  • Joyce is an Artist, and she loves to draw and paint using different mediums, such as oils, acrylics and water colors.
  • Joyce is a business owner of the gift shop,  “Unique Treasures by Joyce” for over 20 years. Also, she is consultant with JAFRA Cosmetics International.
  • The other male in Joyce’s life is her small poodle, Energy.  Joyce has had many dogs in her life, but Energy is the smartest one she ever had.
  • In high school, Joyce thought for sure she would be a Nurse like her mother.  But, she got married very early to now ex-husband and lived on many military. bases, such as Pensacola, Florida; Rapid City, South Dakota; Newport News, Virginia; Ellsworth, Texas.
  • Joyce loves the water, and hope one day she can move somewhere sunny and near a breathtaking beach with hubby and dog.
  • Joyce loves good food and her favorite is “seafood”.  There’s nothing like a dish of shrimp scampi next to the biggest lobster in the world with a dish of spinach and a bake potato with everything  on it.
  • Her favorite book is the King James Version of the Bible and her son’s book, Look Again
  • Her favorite thing to do during her spare time is watch the History Channel on TV, excluding hanging out with her hubby. She loves basketball on TV, especially watching her son’s team, the New Orleans Pelicans.  In addition, she likes playing the piano, and writing poetry.
  • Joyce has five beautiful grandchildren ages 4 to 16 years old (living in New Orleans, La) and 2 sponsor children ages  7 and 8 years (living Zambia & Gambia, South &  West Africa).
  • Like Basketball.  Then watch the BEST NBA team in the league.  Joyce’s son is Monty Williams, the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Joyce have six grandchildren and one great gandchild.


As a pastor nothing is more satisfying or excting than watching one of God’s children grow in grace as they serve others.   Joyce is one of those people, she is always willing to help others, to serve where needed and always with a smile and a word of encouragement.  She is faithful and committed to her family, her Church, but most important of all to her Savior. She is a wonderful example of a woman of God who enjoys her salvation and loves Her Savior.  To know Joyce is to love Joyce.  It is a privilege and an honor to be her pastor. 

Pastor Waymond B. Duke – Forest Heights Baptist Church

Joyce Williams Graves is a virtuous woman with a delightful spirit.  You can see God in her bright eyes, jovial smile, and her art-deco home, and in her gentleman mate.  It’s a blessing and honor fr me to be associated with a lady that walks in God’s Holy Light daily.  Mrs. Graves felt the need to write “Jesus, I Don’t Understand”, for people of all ages.  For many years she wanted to share what Jesus will do for us if we just have faith.  She tells us in “Jesus, I Don’t Understand”, we can do whatever we want by God’s grace.  The power of prayer is expressed in this new book, all we have to do is not procrastinate and look to God’s word.

Sylvia Dianne Beverly, Poet/Author “Forever In Your Eyes”, “Cooking Up South” and “Poetry from Our Hearts”.

Thank you so much for viewing my website. So, let me share a little about me.  

I am a true believer in Christ Jesus’s Word and His endless blessings to all believers. I attend Forest Heights Baptist Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer management and master’s degree in information management technology. I reside in Fort Washington, Maryland, with my husband and best friend, Glen Graves. I have one son, a daughter-in-law, and six beautiful grandchildren. They live in Arizona, Texas and Illinois. I retired from the federal government in 2012 and now have time to pursue many bucket-list activities in my life. I have just complete publishing my 2nd book, “Be A Blessing to Someone Today, For Tomorrow May Be Your Blessing.”  Writing this book of my collection of poems was one of those undertaking and finally a finish accomplishment in her life. This is my first published book of poems.  Also, I completed my first book, Jesus, I Don’t Understand published in May 2014. I am a playwright for my first play, Cotton Field to Concert Hall, performed in February 2017 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I am an artist, painter, writer, poet, sculptor, and numismatist. I love playing the piano and chess. I am a Sunday school teacher at her church of fourth to sixth graders. I have been an US notary public for over thirty years. I am an independent beauty consultant for Jafra International for five years. Also, I am an owner of Unique Treasures by Joyce, a home-based gift shop. My hobbies, interests, and pastimes are writing, poetry; drawing, painting, clay sculpturing, playwriting, reading spiritual, planetary science, and historical books, studying and collecting coins, making fashion jewelry and soy candles, international traveling, swimming, and doing water aerobics. I manage a Bible Ministry called “Project Blessing” which collects funds to purchase Bibles to third world countries. Her mission is to help people learn about Jesus Christ.  I am loving what I am doing these days?  Blessing people and having Fun!!! How do I do this?  Through prayer and meeting people.

Unique Treasures by Joyce (Life is full of Treasures)

Jafra International SkinCare Consultant (Transforming women’s lives one person at a time)

My business and personal website:  www.joycetreasures.com
Email address: joycetreasures@aol.com

My Social Media
Twitter: Twitter@joycetreasures
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Amazing talents will share the stage in the dramatic musical journey of a Slave girl who transforms into herself into her great-great-great granddaughter and opera diva, in this multi-genre concert extravaganza…great for the entire family!

Join Soprano Angeli Jemilda Ferrette in the upcoming production of “Cotton Field to Concert Hall”, on Sunday, February 5th at 4:00 pm, in honor of Black History Month, with actress Betty Entzmingerger Entzminger serving as the Narrator.

Written by Ellen Wiggins and Joyce Williams Graves, with Artistic
Direction by Dr. Lester Green.

Also featuring Pianist Edmond Charles, violinist Alexander Strachan
and the Artist Chorale Group with Kelvin Page and William Jones, along
with Doc Powell and the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers.

Saturday – Feb 5, 2017
4:00 pm
Public Playhouse in Lanham, Maryland

Saturday – Feb 16, 2018
6:00 pm

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC

Cotton Field to Concert Hall Sunday, 2/5/17

Cotton Field to Concert Hall
New York 2017

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