Murray Clarence Joyce 1926 – 2013

Aug 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Joyce Obituaries
Murray Clarence Joyce, a longtime Austin resident with a dedication and joy for volunteerism, travel, and his family, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 86. Family and friends will remember Murray’s warmth, quick wit, and love for spinning a good tale. Murray was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, on September 29, 1926, to Alton Clarence Joyce and Alma Dulice (Sullivan) Joyce. The family moved to Wharton, Texas, when Murray was two weeks old, and Murray grew up in the Wharton County towns of Wharton, New Gulf, and Iago. Murray graduated from Boling High School in 1943. Murray became the first person in his family to attend college when he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in 1943. The next year, he met his future wife, Genevieve Nell Cross, at the Scottish Rite Dormitory, where Murray worked. Murray and Genny were engaged on the day before Murray departed for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a clerk typist with the weather service, and returned to Texas in November 1946. Murray and Genny were married in Genny’s hometown of Fort Worth on December 11, 1946, at the First Presbyterian Church. Returning to Austin, Murray re-enrolled at UT and graduated in 1951 with a degree in architectural engineering. Following graduation, Murray commenced a career that included positions as plant manager at the R.H. Folmar aluminum window manufacturing company and as president of Texwood Manufacturing. Genny and Murray had four sons Malcolm, Mike, Mark, and Melvin. Murray was active in various community groups in the 1950s and 1960s, including as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 407 at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Justin Lane, as president of the Austin Gem and Mineral Society, and as a member of the Cosmopolitans fraternal organization. The Joyces were also active members of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, where Murray was a senior warden, youth leader, and helped design the first permanent church building. In 1972, life changed for Murray and Genny when Murray suffered a heart attack that prompted his early retirement. The couple took to making long journeys in a Volkswagen Vanagon camper. Their travels took them to every state in the union, every Canadian province, Mexico, and Central America. They also traveled in South America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. On the road and at home in Austin, the couple dedicated countless hours as volunteers for various organizations, including Caritas Soup Kitchen, CASA of Travis County, the Austin Steam Train Association, and Seton Hospital. Murray loved working on the Hill Country Flyer, including as brakeman and high-rail operator. Murray was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers, Johnny and David. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Genevieve. He is also survived by his sons Malcolm, Mike, Mark, and Melvin; Malcolm’s wife Barbara; his siblings James Gary “Bub” Joyce of Houston, Edward Lloyd Joyce of Bryan, and Lylabeth Joyce King of Bryan; numerous nieces and nephews, 15 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the central lobby of the Heritage at Gaines Ranch, 4409 Gaines Ranch Loop in Austin, and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane in Austin. All are welcome at a noon luncheon at the church before the Saturday memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 9, 2013 – See more at:

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Skip to toolbar