Joyce M. Pharr

September 5, 1939August 4, 2018

Joyce M. (Uptmor) Pharr was born September 5, 1939 in Tours, Texas to parents Charles and Tillie (Lucien) Uptmor and entered eternal rest on August 4, 2018 at the age of 78. Joyce was a lovable, stubborn, feisty, trouble maker, instigator with a positive attitude. She enjoyed going to the casino's, sewing and fishing. She graduated from West High in the town of West, Texas. She was then employed by South Western Bell for 30 years. She was a Catholic by faith and involved with St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City, Texas. Joyce also volunteered with South Western Bell Pioneers. She was an extraordinary lady that will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Joyce was preceded in death by her sister Marcia Sulak. She is survived by her son Jerry Slovak and spouse Janice Pawlowski, daughter Jana Short and spouse Buddy, sisters; Ruby Vrba, Charlene Scheler, brother Weldon Uptmor, grandkids; Austin Slovak, Ashley Winfield, Tyler Slovak, Dallas Slovak, Stacy Galbraith, Jordan Short, other loving family members, many more friends and Mike Dooley.


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Joyce M. Pharr

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Gary Gottschalk

August 13, 2018

I don't think I've ever read a truer obituary.
Joyce was an outstanding supervisor and an absolute joy to work with.
My sincere condolences to her family and close friends
Gary Gottschalk

Lisa Gonzales

August 13, 2018

Our condolences to the Slovak family. Joyce was truly an amazing, witty, feisty, and sweet woman. Eddie and I are truly going to miss her. She was always laughing and happy when we were around her. May God continue to bless the Slovak family. We❤ love y'all. Y'all are always in our prayers.🙏
Eddie and Lisa Gonzales

Terry Doyle

August 12, 2018

I met Joyce when I moved to Dallas with SWBT in April, 1974. She was a unit supervisor reporting to me and this was the best thing that happened to me as a new 2nd line manager. She was so welcoming and her energy and sense of humor were contagious, not to mention that she always did an excellent job.

Joyce and her husband, Mack, commuted from Cedar Lake every day and, being new to Texas, I asked her how long a drive it was. I'll never forget her smiling response: "it was a thermos of coffee in the morning and a six-pack in the afternoon.

We shared many a laugh together, but also a few tears when her best friend Naomi Vasek died, and then again when Mack died.

I loved working with Joyce and I pray for comfort for the family going forward.

My sincerest sympathies,

Terry Doyle,
Boerne, TX

Jerry and Lori Gamez

August 7, 2018

Jerry and I were honored to have met Joyce thru our sister Janice and she sure is a firecracker, feisty and always smiling. She always had a sparkle in her eyes. We will miss you greatly and know we all have an incredible angel watching over us. Go in peace and soar.