Samuel Irvin Joyce Jr.

November 29, 1931August 5, 2012

Samuel I. Joyce Jr. passed away August 5, 2012 after a long and courageous 28 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

A true “Ole Raleigh Boy”, Sam was born at Rex Hospital on November 29, 1931 to Nina and Samuel I. Joyce Sr. and graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1950. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1954 and remained a life-long Tarheel fan. Following his service in the United States Armed Forces, Sam began a successful 35-year career at IBM.

Starting in Charlotte NC, he went on to introduce IBM computer systems into corporate and government operations throughout the world while working in offices in Germany, California and New York. In 1989, Sam convinced IBM to move him back home to Raleigh where he worked until his retirement. Back home, he was able to reconnect with old friends as well as making new ones as a member of Northridge Country Club.

His career allowed him to travel extensively and early retirement allowed Sam to further pursue his love for travel. Highlighted by trips to Alaska, Europe, Thailand, Turkey, Greece and Egypt, Sam’s many adventures also included climbing Ayers Rock in Australia, rafting through the whitewaters of the Grand Canyon and driving cross country in a VW convertible. Nevertheless, the compass point in his heart never strayed far from Raleigh and the beaches of the Outer Banks.

Known for his stories, wit, and wry sense of humor Sam will be missed by all of us. He faced his battles with his health as he lived his life: with dignity and determination.

Sam is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha (Waddell) Joyce, daughter Sara Joyce of Raleigh, daughter Nancy Joyce Rowen, son-in-law Chris Rowen and grandchildren Thomas and Rebecca Rowen of Atlanta, brother Douglass Joyce and wife Colleen Zinn of Hillsborough, nephew Steven Joyce and his wife Julie of Park City, UT, Emily Joyce, mother of Steven, of Crownsville, MD, and several overfed housecats, past and present.

Thanks go to the doctors and caregivers who assisted Sam during his 26 year battle with Parkinson’s. A special thank you to Anthony Bostic, Rufus Short, Lamin Sanneh and the entire team at of Mayview who took such excellent care of him for the last three years of his life and who became great friends and a wonderful support system to Sam and his family. The family would also like to recognize Victoria Tobin and Anne Marsland of Hospice of Wake County for their support and guidance.

Our family is very proud that Sam is a research study participant at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami whose goal is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases such as Parkinson’s. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-4777 or online at

A memorial service will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh on Saturday August 11 at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Share your condolences at


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Judi Burnes

August 18, 2012

Martha, I can't begin to tell you how very sorry I am to hear of Sam passing and am sending you my condolances and love at this very painful time. He fought such a brave fight for all those years. I still remember the Sangria "party" we had by your pool and how pleased he was with himself because it turned out so well and we obviusly enjoyed every drop. Much love and warm hugs to you and the girls. Judi Burnes (Kipper)

kathleen Collins

August 12, 2012

Dear Martha and family. We are truly sorry for the loss of Sam. We have very fond memories of the kindnesses you and Sam gave to us on our visits to Ellen,Don and family.
Knowing you Both were our surrogate Southern Grandparents made our hearts happy.
Peace at last, no more suffering or pain.
May Memories sustain you, give you comfort and peace.
Love, Bill and Kay Collins Cape Cod, Ma.,

August 11, 2012

Martha, we were saddened to read of Sam's passing. What a long and brave time he fought against such a progressively devastating illness. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you deal with this loss. Love from your old Ridgefield friends,
Matthew and Kyle Szulik

Johnelle Roberts

August 10, 2012

Dearst Nancy, I am so sad to hear about your loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your Dad. I know (through you) he was an awesome person because you are a testimony to him!! I love you much, hugs to your family. We will be here for you when you get back to Atlanta. Be safe. Johnelle

Joe Harris

August 10, 2012

Dear Martha and family,

Sorry to learn of Sam's passing. We were colleagues at IBM during the mid-sixties.

May the memories of good times and the love and prayers of family and friends bring you comfort.

Joe Harris

Martha Parker

August 10, 2012


My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cynthia Harris

August 10, 2012

Nancy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and all of your family are in my prayers. As you honor your dad on Saturday, I will be thinking of all of you.

Carol Barbour

August 9, 2012

Martha and family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I was saddened to hear of Sam's transition.

Lynn Tate

August 8, 2012

Martha, Sara, & Nancy,
My thoughts are with you this week. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Sam playing games with us in High School. Usually winning. He always had a soft and quiet way about him. His sense of humor was always at forfront.

Kathy and Jeff Hatala

August 8, 2012

Martha, Nancy and Sara - Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. May wonderful memories of Sam give you peace and comfort.