Terrance Patrick Joyce 1954 – 2011

Jun 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Joyce, Terry Patrick, of Weldon Spring, Missouri, died on Friday, June 17, 2011 at the age of 56. Dear husband of Linda Sue Joyce NEE: Fett; devoted father of Lindsay Ann Joyce, MD; beloved brother Tim Joyce, Tracey Joyce, and Ted Joyce; beloved brother-in-law, uncle and a friend to many. Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Eileen Joyce, his father and mother-in-law Louis Paul and Charlene Fett and his dear beloved son Brandon Patrick “BJ”Joyce.

Terry was inducted into the Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame on August 28, 1999. As Terry Joyce’s former Teachers and Coaches reminisce about what made him successful, two qualities are evident; his work ethic and competitive attitude.Terry, an HCC graduate of 1974, was one of the rare Scottie Athletes who earned the distinction of being a three sport letterman. As a member of the Scottie football team, he played quarterback, tight end, and was the team’s punter; on the basketball court, Terryplayed forward and center; and on the baseball team he was the team’s pitcher as well as seeing action at first base and third base.

After Terry left HCC, he attended Missouri Southern State University; where he was recognized as an All-American tight end and punter. During his senior year, he led the country in punting average. Terry was a member of the ST. Louis Football Cardinals as their starting punter in 1976 and 1977. After leaving St. Louis in 1977, He continued his stint in the NFL by playing for the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49er’s, and Detroit Lions.

Terry and Linda celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on May 27, 2011 after originally meeting in May of 1976 in Kirksville, Missouri. Together, they have two children. Their daughter Lindsay is currently a second year Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. She was formerly a Division-1A full scholarship volleyball player at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2000 to 2004. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology, she returned to her home state to attend medical school. On May 16, 2009, Lindsay graduated with her Medical Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Their son Brandon, who sadly precedes his father in death, died at the age of 26, on December 28, 2010. Brandon was violently shot in the head, early in the morning of Christmas Eve 2010, during an attempted robbery. Four days after being shot, Brandon succumbed to his injuries and died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Prior to his death, Brandon was a professional football player. He spent time as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Toronto Argonauts, and the UFL Las Vegas Locomotives (Champions, 2009 and 2010). Brandon was later signed by his hometown team, the St. Louis Rams, and was on their roster from April 29th 2010 through July 28, 2010. He eventually returned back to Coach Fassel’s Las Vegas Locomotives in August of 2010 and was their starting right offensive tackle.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Ronald McDonald House or St. Louis area Shriners Hospital For Children.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Terry Joyce
No. 87
Punter / Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: July 18, 1954
Kirksville, Missouri
Date of death: June 17, 2011 (aged 56)
Place of deathSt. Louis, Missouri
Career information
CollegeMissouri Southern State
Wichita State University
Highland Community College
Undrafted in 1976
Debuted in 1976
Last played in 1977
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements
Career NFL statistics
Punts 86
Punt average 37.0
Punt long 58
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Terrance Patrick Joyce (July 18, 1954 – June 17, 2011) was an American football player. A punter, he played two seasons professionally with the NFL St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s.[1] Terry Joyce was the father of Brandon Joyce, an offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and Toronto Argonauts.



Early life and education

Terry Joyce was born in Kirksville, Missouri and grew up in Edina, Missouri[2] with his parents Pete and Eileen Joyce. Following graduation from Knox County high school in 1972 Joyce attended Highland Community College (Kansas)Missouri Southern State and Wichita State University. He was a three-sport athlete at Highland, playingquarterbacktight end and punter during football season. Additionally he was a forward and center on the basketball team and was pitcherthird baseman and first baseman on the “Scotties” baseball team.[3] Terry Joyce would finish his college education at Wichita State University and Missouri Southern State College. While at Missouri Southern he was voted a football All-American at tight end and punter, leading the nation in punting average.

Professional career

Terry Joyce was an undrafted free agent when signed by the Cardinals in 1976. He played in eighteen games over two seasons for St. Louis before being released. Over the next few years Joyce attended training camps with theDetroit LionsL.A. Rams and San Francisco 49ers, but never made the final team rosters.[4] Terry Joyce finished with a career average of 37 yards per punt, with his longest being 58 yards. He had three blocked punts on 86 attempts.[5] In a 2008 interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Joyce said the biggest thrill of his playing days was being a teammate of three NFL Hall of Famers Dan DierdorfRoger Wehrli, and Jackie SmithNot too many guys can say that in a short career said Joyce.


Terry Joyce died of brain cancer on June 17, 2011. His death came less than a year after the murder of son Brandon Joyce, who was shot during a robbery on Christmas Eve, 2010 and died four days later.[6] Terry Joyce is survived by wife Linda and daughter, Doctor Lindsay Joyce, MD.[7]



  1. ^ “Players-Terry Joyce”. NFL.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  2. ^ “Edina football star passes away”. KTVO-TV. 2011-06-18.
  3. ^ “Terry Joyce Hall of Fame profile”. Highland Community College. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  4. ^ “Joyce finds opportunity in Canada”. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  5. ^ “Terry Joyce”. Pro Football Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  6. ^ Please say a prayer for retired football Cardinals punter Terry Joyce
  7. ^ “Brandon Joyce obituary”. Baue Funeral Home. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  8. ^ “Terry Joyce Hall of Fame profile”. Highland Community College. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  9. ^ “Terry Joyce Hall of Fame profile”. Highland Community College. Retrieved 2011-06-19.

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