Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC


John Thomas Joyce Jr.

July 8, 1943March 23, 2020

John “Jack” Joyce Jr., 76, of Ocean Isle Beach, formerly of Wilmington Delaware, married to Dee Marie (Thompson) Joyce for 53 years, passed on March 23rd, 2020 due to complications of multiple surgeries. Jack was a devout Catholic and will be welcomed in his passing to heaven by many friends and family that passed before him and most importantly will be in the eternal presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

During his life Jack attended and graduated from Salesianum School class of 1961 and studied chemistry at University of Delaware.

Jack enlisted into the United States Marine Corps where he served 6 years before being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant E5 in 1969.

In 1963 Jack started his career at Hercules as a lab assistant and finished it there with starting and leading their water reclamation division for the company. In 1980 Jack accepted a position at Minetek Inc. which moved he and his family to Beckley WV.

Jack had a lifelong love for golf and could often be seen (and heard) on the course enjoying the end to a long day. Later Jack found a love for snow skiing and deep-sea fishing, not because it was his passion but his sons, and his passion was to spend time with them.

Jack was a lifelong member of the American Legion and enjoyed his volunteer work at the Food Pantry of Saint Brendan Catholic Church.

Jack was preceded in death by his father John Thomas Joyce; mother Gladys Marie (Magargal) Joyce; sisters Pat Joyce Cunningham, and Linda Joyce Hudson.

Jack is survived by his wife Dee Marie (Thompson) Joyce; sons, John Thomas III and wife Ara Joyce of Clayton GA, Michael “Mike” William and wife Deann Joyce of Conroe TX; sister Kathy and husband Doug Horn of Sarasota FL; mother-in-law Beatrice “Nickey” Thompson of Newark DE; brother-in-law’s, Glen Thompson of Newark DE, Paul Hudson of Sarasota FL; niece, Sue Joyce Graham and her children Nicholas and Caroline of Wilmington DE; nephew Andrew Hudson of Tallahassee FL. He is also survived by many friends that became family throughout the years.

He had nothing in his life that equaled his love and devotion for his friends and family and the absolute light of his life were his two grandchildren whom would always lift his spirits and spark a smile, Granddaughter; Breann Brooke Joyce, and Grandson; Vincent Michael Joyce both of Conroe TX.

There will be a Memorial Services held at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Wilmington DE, and Saint Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shallotte, NC. Dates and times for these services are still to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made, in Jack's memory, to St. Brendan's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 2984, Shallotte, NC 28459.

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


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Paul Simon

April 7, 2020

Dee, John, Mike and Family:
Both Hilly and I are so sorry for your loss. Jack was truly “one of a kind” and could be a tough old bird. But he had a soft underbelly as I found out when Holly and I visited right after a hurricane dumped 2’ of water in their garage/basement. There was a lot of work to do and Jack and I dove right in. We bleached, cleaned, threw out things that were ruined, put up things to dry that we could save and worked the entire week steady. At the end of the day, Jack opened up the back garage door and we talked as we viewed the beautiful sites behind his house of the waterways, boats and docs. We cracked a few beers and sat down on two beach chairs and started to share some thoughts and memories. Jack told me about his working days in the gas and oil business. One character that he worked with especially stood out whose stories were hilarious and had me crying. But we just shared thoughts, good times and what was important to us both. Perhaps most special of all, just being good friends. I got to know the man better than I ever had. I can tell you this, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and life. The last time Jack and I spoke, was right after he had one of his amputations. I thought he would be down and depressed, but much to my surprise, he was very positive. up and sounded really good. He just took it in stride. way better than I would have. Our last conversation was a text on March 9, 2020 whereby I told him we’d be in touch again. But unfortunately, God had another use for him. So until we’re together again old friend, keep that back garage door open, the beer cold, some Pinnacle vodka ready and I’ll be joining you at the garage door in heaven to tell those stories over and over again. To Dee, John, Mike and the entire family, rest assured that there are many out here mourning his loss along with you. I hope that gives you some comfort in your time of need.

Barbara J Dycio

April 1, 2020

I first met Jack through Dee whom I met at DuPont Louviers Keypunch Pool back in the 60's. Along with my late husband, Iggy, we became fast friends and have remained friends for over 50 years. They both were in our wedding in 1968. We have shared so many memories and good times together and with our respective children through the years....too many to mention here. Many trips to West Virginia and North Carolina - and they up to Rhode Island when we lived there. Jack was a very good friend to Iggy and they shared many lunches, dinners, discussions, and debates, but they always remained friends. They traveled to each of our children's weddings and we traveled to both their sons' graduations and weddings. We think of each other as family more than friends. Jack was always kind and willing to help anyone who needed help. He was strong in his faith and loved his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by many. RIP Jack, with much love, Barbara XO

Mary Lee Kleinkauf

March 31, 2020

Sadly I just learned of Jack's passing yesterday when speaking with his wife, Dee. Although my appreciation for this beautiful and loving family comes more from knowing Dee, Glenn and their amazing mother, Nickey Harriett Thompson, I learned of Jack's courage, strength, kindness and gentle heart through phone conversations with Dee. This is how we kept in touch most of the time, since I'm in NJ. I am thankful that Dee's strong faith in God is sustaining her at this time and bringing her peace.

Let me send my condolences to Dee, Glenn and the rest of their beautiful family. Love and blessings to you.

Mary Thomas

March 31, 2020

Am thankful for the friendship of Jack (& Dee) over the years. Jack & I had many conversations on a variety of topics, which we both enjoyed. I also remember the fun card & dice games & boat rides on the waterway. Jack (& Dee) did a great job raising their sons, of whom Jack was appropriately proud. Will remember Jack fondly. Claiming Psalm 147:3 for all the family. Know that I love you. peace of the Lord, Mary

Wayne Williams - USMC

March 28, 2020

Thanks for your service Marine !!!
Semper Fi
Wayne Williams
United States Marine Corps