Clifton “Mike” Joyce

Dec 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

JOYCE WALNUT COVE ~ Clifton “Mike” Joyce December 1, 2011 On December 1, 2011, Stokes County lost it’s hero and Heaven’s gates opened wide to receive it’s angel. Clifton “Mike” Joyce passed away due to a 2 year courageous and hard fought battle with leukemia. He leaves behind his loving wife, soul mate and life partner, Gail Joyce. He was a devoted husband and father that loved his children deeply.

His children are Patty Joyce, Annette Joyce and Mikey Joyce and wife Brooke, all of Pine Hall and her children, Sandy Jones and husband Gerald of Pinnacle, Joey Gibson and wife Christine of Mississippi, Michael Gibson of New York, Sean Gibson of Raleigh. He has 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Helen Joyce; three brothers, Ricky Gene Joyce and wife Shirley, Jimmy Ray Joyce and Randy Dean Joyce and wife Cindy, all of Walnut Cove. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifton Fred Joyce.

Mike was a humble man that began his career as a deputy with Stokes County Sheriff’s Department in 1974. He went to Walnut Cove Police Department as a Sergeant, then quickly moved to Police Chief from 1976-1990. He then began serving the people of Stokes County as Sheriff from 1990 until his goal of being Stokes County’s longest sitting Sheriff, winning 5 consecutive terms.

Mike loved coaching little league baseball, watching his favorite Redskins and St. Louis Cardinals. “When you are at a baseball field, think of me, when you watch the Redskins or Cardinals, think of me, when you are out and about with your spouse, think of me. Those are things I loved to do.” A 3 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Pine Hall Elementary School Gym with Rev. Ricky Rogers, Rev. Gerald Jones, Rev. Newton Cowan and Rev. Marty Brim officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2011 at Pine Hall Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 4, 2011 following the service and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Leukemia Society (ALS), in memory of Mike Joyce, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Suite 200, Cary, NC 27513 or a charity of the donor’s choice . Online condolences may be offered at www.burroughs funeralhome.com. Burroughs Funeral Home in Walnut Cove is serving the Joyce family.

Published in Winston-Salem Journal on December 3, 2011

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