Barry McLaurin Joye

August 15, 1943January 4, 2021

Barry McLaurin Joye died on Monday, January 4, 2021. Born in Hemingway, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Wildon M. Joye and Nellie Bazen Joye. He was a graduate of Hemingway High School where he was a star athlete in basketball and baseball, attended North Greenville Junior College, and proudly served in the United State Marine Corps at Lake Lejeune, Morocco, and Cuba.

During his working career, he was a licensed optician in Greenville, South Carolina, and later he had a successful career as a salesperson in the car business. For the last 15 years, he enjoyed working for his son’s contracting business and helped his son establish Joye Roofing.

He enjoyed golf and Clemson football, family trips to the beach, especially traveling to Disney World with his grandchildren, spending time with his dogs, and chauffeuring his grandchildren. Barry Joye loved life and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

He is survived by his steadfast friend and companion, Suzanne Gosnell Joye; his children, Laurin Brooks and Derek Joye (Donna); his grandchildren, Alexandra Warner (Wes), Kathryn Starnes (Travis), Madelyn Joye, Mary Brooks, Layton Joye and great-grandson, Sullivan Barry Warner; his siblings, Faye Owens, Ron Joye (Debbie) and Kaye Joye and nieces, Ashley Harelson, Erika Joye, and Emily Lovett (Furman). He was predeceased by his brother, Roger Joye.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on the 8th Floor East at Lexington Medical Center for their compassion and exemplary care.

A memorial service to honor Barry’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to Little People of America, Inc., Barry Joye Fund, 617 Broadway #518, Sonoma, California 95476.


  • Little People of America, Inc., Barry Joye Fund


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Sylvia Hendley

January 15, 2021

I have so many memories of time spent with Barry and Suzanne. Our friendship began over 50 years ago when we met in a young couples Sunday School class and continued until Barry passed away. He was a bright light in our lives. I never could remember "coke or pepsi." He was a fashion icon with his kaki pants and loafers with no socks. He could dance like a pro. Camping trips. Beach trips. Card games. Unbelievable Sunday school parties. A smile that lit up a room.
Barry, you will be missed, but I am sure that Bailey welcomed you with open arms. You two were quite a pair.
Much love to you,Suzanne, your children and grandchildren.

Dione Sackman

January 8, 2021

I'm so sorry Laurin and family for the passing of your Dad and Grandfather. He sounds like a wonderful man. My heart breaks for you.

Mike Alexander

January 7, 2021

Barry was always so nice to me. He had such a kind disposition, respectful, polite. He had a smile that made one wonder, “ Barry, what have you been up to?” I’m glad our paths crossed and hearts touched.

Robin Ritchie-Meetze

January 6, 2021

Over the years we had so much fun....The crazy rug beach house, jet skis on Lake Murray, fish fries, Zion National Park, Las Vegas condo, airport delay, and going out to steak dinners. We laughed so much and created so many memories. Buddy and I will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with you, Suzanne, and the family at this time.