JOYCE WINSTON-SALEM Harry Richard Joyce, Sr. July 27, 1923 – August 9, 2013 Harry Richard Joyce, Sr., 90, died peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, after a seven year illness with Alzheimer’s disease. Harry was born on July 27, 1923, in Winston-Salem to Elsie Wiggins and Thomas Glenn Joyce. He attended public schools in Winston-Salem and graduated from Hanes High School in 1942. Harry served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 in the 97th Infantry Division and in the Military Police. Harry was best known in North Carolina as President of Joyce Brothers Company, a regional food-service distributor. He lived the American dream, prospering through the hard work and sacrifice of small business. He grew up in a business environment delivering newspapers as a young boy and working under the guidance of his father who owned Southern Ice and Coal Company. In 1945, Harry and his brother Glenn took over Joyce Brothers Company, founded in 1909 in downtown Winston-Salem by their uncles. Later, Harry brought his two sons into the business and relocated Joyce Brothers to Stratford Road near what is now Hanes Mall. Harry never missed a day of work and could still be found at his desk well into his 80’s. He co-owned Joyce Brothers through 2010, after it celebrated its centennial anniversary making it the oldest wholesale company in Winston-Salem. Harry was a faithful follower of Christ and a lifelong member of Fairview Moravian Church where he served on the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Weber class. He also served as a Central Trustee of the Moravian Church for fifteen years. Harry was a member of United Commercial Travelers for more than 60 years. Harry was an enthusiastic fan of Wake Forest football and basketball and a long-time member of the Deacon Club. Harry’s many friends remember him as a “fine man,” with a generous heart. He was an entrepreneur who invested wisely in stocks and real estate. Nobody worked harder, talked faster, or gave more than Harry Joyce. He is remembered for his philanthropic spirit as a benefactor of many local charities. He had a special place in his heart for the Salvation Army beginning in the 1950s when he supplied candy to the canteen. Joyce Brothers sponsored the Sunday morning Salvation Army radio program “Wonderful Word of Life” for 50 years. Harry served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors for eighteen years and was honored in 2004 with the distinguished service award. When Harry was not working, he could be found amongst family and friends at Windy Hill in North Myrtle Beach, SC, or travelling around the world with his late wife Ruby. Around town, Harry could be found treating his family and friends to dinner and ice cream at many of his favorite customers’ restaurants. Harry was a respected patriarch and provider for his large family. Harry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruby Elizabeth Johnson Joyce, and brothers Glenn and Joe Joyce. He dearly loved his three children: Mary Wiggins Joyce Beard and husband Hoyt of Winston-Salem; Harry Richard “Dick” Joyce, Jr. and wife Ellen of Clemmons; and Thomas Michael Joyce, of Winston-Salem. “Granddaddy Joyce” was very proud of his seven grandchildren: Beth Beard Haenni and husband Scott of Charlotte; Dr. Randy Beard and wife Laurie of Winston-Salem; David Joyce and wife Michele of Charlotte; Brad Joyce and wife Jessica of Clemmons; Leigh Ellen Joyce Spencer and husband Derek of Winston-Salem; Michael Joyce and wife Jennifer of Winston-Salem; and Laura Joyce Hefner and husband Trent of Winston-Salem. Seven great-grandchildren survive Harry: Kathryn, Austin and Maren Haenni; Griffin Beard; Daniel Gregoire and Molly Joyce; and Wade Hefner. Also surviving are his brother Bob Joyce and wife Lillie Mae of Winston-Salem; and three sisters-in-law, Jacque Joyce of Winston-Salem, Helen Johnson of Mount Airy, and Arlene Shields of Texarkana, TX. Many special nieces and nephews survive him. The family will receive visitors Monday, August 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Salem Funeral Home, 2599 Reynolda Road (corner of Reynolda and Polo Roads). Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 13, 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Moravian Church, 6550 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. The Rev. Scott Venable will officiate, and burial will follow at God’s Acre. The family requests that memorials be made to Fairview Moravian Church Sanctuary Renovation Fund, 6550 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1205, Winston-Salem, NC 27102. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
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