Joseph Henry "Junior" Pye Jr.

July 13, 1943December 3, 2018
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Statesboro, Ga.

Joseph H. “Junior” Pye, Jr., age 75, died Monday, December 3rd at Ogeechee Area Hospice after a brief illness.

Mr. Pye was a native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County and was self-employed with Pye Siding. Junior was a 1962 graduate of Statesboro High School where he excelled and lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was inducted into the Statesboro High School Hall of Fame, in 1991. After high school he went on to play minor league baseball with the New York Mets. Junior played and coached on numerous softball teams in the area and also refereed basketball games for several years. He loved the outdoors and spent time dove hunting and fishing. He was a member of the New Life Fellowship Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph H. Pye, Sr. and Daisy Gunter Pye, his brothers, Bobby Gunter, Alvin Gunter and Bobby Pye; sisters, Frances White, Margaret Clifton, Jane Brown and Shirley Harper.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Sandra C. Pye of Statesboro; daughter, Tammy Olliff and her husband, Bob of Statesboro; son, Tim Pye and his wife, Ann of Statesboro; sister, Patricia Royal and her husband, Woody of Statesboro; brother, Billy Gunter and his wife, JoAnn of Statesboro; four grandchildren, April Pye, T.J. Pye, Morgan Olliff and Erin Olliff; three great-grandchildren, Keith, Holli and J. T.; many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 5 to 7 PM Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.

The funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Chapel of Hodges-Moore Funeral Home with Reverend Wayne Miracle and Reverend Buddy Morris officiating.

Burial will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.

Active Pallbearers will be Johnny Royal, Donald White, Jimmy McCall, Mike Price, Brock McNamar and Tommy Jordan.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Gary Cooper.

Please visit our online memorial at to sign the guestbook and share fond memories about Junior Pye.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Sandra C. Pye, Wife
  • Tim Pye (Ann), Son
  • Tammy Olliff (Bob), Daughter
  • Billy Gunter (JoAnn), Brother
  • Patricia Royal (Woody), Sister
  • April Pye, Grandchild
  • T. J. Pye, Grandchild
  • Morgan Olliff, Grandchild
  • Erin Olliff, Grandchild
  • Keith, Holli and J. T., Great-Grandchildren
  • Joseph Henry Pye Sr., Father
  • Daisy Lee Dyches Gunter Pye, Mother
  • Bobby Gunter, Brother
  • Alvin Gunter, Brother
  • Bobby Pye, Brother
  • Frances White, Sister
  • Margaret Clifton, Sister
  • Shirley Harper, Sister
  • Jane Brown, Sister
  • Mr. Pye leaves many nieces, nephews and other family members to cherish his memory.

  • Johnny Royal, Active Pallbearer
  • Donald Witte, Active Pallbearer
  • Jimmy McCall, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Price, Active Pallbearer
  • Brock McNamar, Active Pallbearer
  • Tommy Jordan, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Cooper, Honorary Pallbearer


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, December 6, 2018

Joseph Henry "Junior" Pye Jr.

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Helen McCloud

December 5, 2018

Junior and Patricia lived down the street from us on East Main Street. Patricia and I walked to school together every day during first and second grade. I remember him from high school as being a great athlete but after graduating, lost contact with the family. My sympathies with the entire family during this sad and difficult time in your lives. Helen Bussey McCloud

Knott and Pat Geiger

December 5, 2018

Knott and I were so saddened to hear about the loss of Junior. He and Knott played a lot of softball together. Our continued thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Freddie Law

December 5, 2018

Uncle Junior was more sibling than Uncle. We grew up together. We lived with them for five years. We played baseball, football, basketball, bowled, swimming, and Junior was always so sweet and kind to me. But that is Junior. I will always treasure the years I shared with Uncle Junior. Sandra, Tim and Tammy - your Husband and Dad was one fine man. I know that Angels are rejoicing to have Angel like your Dad in Heaven with them. Love yall very much - prayers and hugs during this most difficult time. Ms. Freddie Law


December 4, 2018

Junior was one of a kind who will be missed by many. So many memories of him and Gary going to the softball field to play ball. May God be with you all during this time. Gary always thought very highly of Junior and valued him and his insight. So Junior at heaven's gate prepare us a good team with me being the catcher. "Let's play ball!" as per Gary.

So long Jr until Gary and I see you again,

Kandi and Gary Cooper

Jimmy Williamson

December 4, 2018

My classmate, my baseball catcher. I cannot believe you are not with us anymore. You will be missed by many friends and family.

Jimmy Williamson

Greg James

December 4, 2018

So sorry to hear about Junior’s passing. First met him while I was working with the Vidalia Recreation Department. Junior refereed many of our all star games. I also played against him in recreation softball tournaments. Junior always handled everything with class. He was a good man. I always had so much respect for him. The family is in my thoughts and payers.

Greg James
Vidalia, Georgia