Gary Dean Joyce passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
He was born on April 23, 1933, in Fieldale, Virginia to the late John Everett Joyce and Mattie Gravely Joyce. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Irene J. Edwards, and brothers James E. “Red” Joyce, William Wallace Joyce, John Alvis Joyce, and Jesse B. “Snake Eyes” Joyce.
Dean is survived by his wife of 65 years, Loretta Pruitt Joyce, daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Joyce Harbour & Dennis of Pleasant Grove and Amy Joyce McCurdy & Jeff of Baldwin, GA, and grandsons, Andrew (Lorita), and Kahlil, both of GA, and many nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Fieldale High School, he attended High Point College before entering the United States Army. Upon his return he graduated from Elon College and received his Master’s degree from the University of Virginia.
During his career as an educator, he worked in several Henry County schools. Dean served as principal of Mt. Olivet Elementary School and Figsboro Elementary School before retiring in 1989.
Dean was a lifelong member and Deacon of Fieldale Baptist Church. He was a former member of the Collinsville Lions Club and Rangeley Ruritans. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid golfer after retiring.
Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Roselawn Burial Park with Rev. Allen Jackson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fieldale Baptist Church, P.O. Box 98, Fieldale, VA 24089, or The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at https://curealz.org.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory of Martinsville is serving the family.