SIKESTON -- Carl Thurman Joyce, 74, died at 8:23 p.m. April 14, 2003, at his residence.
Born May 5, 1928, in Sikeston, son of the late Pearl Lyman and Ruth Iola Wallace Joyce, he was a field mechanic for the Missouri State Highway Department, where he retired in 1983; and was also co-owner of Buckner-Ragsdale Clothing Store from 1980-1991. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a sergeant 1st Class for the Missouri National Guard for 33 years, he was a former member of several organizations and clubs including the Jaycee and Kiwanis Clubs, a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and member of the Henry Meldrum American Legion 114 Post and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.
On June 6, 1948, in Sikeston, he married Margaret Marie Miller who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, James Trent Joyce of St. Louis; one daughter and son-in-law, Caryl Maria and Vic Hairston of Sikeston; one sister, Bertha Mae Joyce of Sikeston; five grandchildren, Brandy Sue Joyce, Stacy Michelle Joyce and Brittani Ann Dannegger Joyce of St. Louis, Joshua Skye Hairston of Jackson, Tenn., and Mitchell Wade Hairston of Sikeston; and one great-granddaughter, Alyiah Sue Launius of St. Louis.
Twin sons, Larry David Joyce and Gary Allen Joyce, preceded him in death in 1954.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. Thursday until service time at 7:30 p.m. at Blanchard Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Sandra J. Schaller, associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow at later date in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, where military graveside rites will be held.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
Parkinson's Research c/o Dr. Joel Perlmutter Washington University School of Medicine Box 8111, 60 S. Euclid St. Louis, MO 63110
VNA Hospice P.O. Box 1608 Sikeston, MO 63801