Charlie Harold Joyce Jr.
STAMFORD — Charlie Harold Joyce Jr., best known as Chuck, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2013.
Born in Temple, Texas, to Charlie and Beatrice Joyce on Oct. 6, 1941, Chuck grew up in Austin, and graduated from McCallum High School in 1959, where he was a star baseball, basketball, football and track athlete. He was also well-known as a star pitcher and batter in North Austin Little League and North Austin Babe Ruth League.
Chuck married Angela Curlee in 1960. They were blessed with two children, Lauri and Jeff. After Angela’s sudden passing, and after a second marriage to Julie Paul, he fell in love with Peg O’Neill. They married in 1973, and were also blessed with two children, Windsor and Chelsea.
With his beautiful voice and natural guitar-playing abilities, Chuck spent his early years as a musician and played guitar and sang in various groups — notably, Kenneth Threadgill and the Hootnanny Hoots. He made some wonderful memories in the music industry and then decided to settle down and spend time with his family.
Following his father’s trade as a newspaper pressman, he worked at the Austin American Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, and — after relocating to Long Island in 1982, — Newsday until his retirement in 2003. He and Peg moved to upstate New York in 2011, where they spent the past few years enjoying their dream cabin in the mountains.
Over the years, Chuck had many hobbies — including hunting, boating, fishing, and playing golf. He loved to talk with people — and even more so, he loved to laugh. Many knew his laugh well — a long “wheeze.” His sense of humor brought joy to the hearts of many.
Chuck’s greatest passion was God. For the past 35 years, he dedicated his life to loving Christ and sharing God’s word. He touched many people through his gifts of music, encouragement and wise counsel. He was actively involved in the local churches where he worshiped, and diligently contributed to building and edifying congregations through pastoring, teaching, leading, and of course, music.
Chuck was a godly man, a loving husband, an adoring father, an encouraging brother and a sweet friend.
He is survived by his wife, Peg; son, Jeff (Linda); daughters, Windsor (Ben) and Chelsea; sister, Alice (Duane); grandchildren, Lindsey and Laura, Jessica (Jimmie); and great-grandchild, Bryleigh.
He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as his daughter, Lauri.
There will be two “Celebration of Life” services held as follows: in Stamford at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Stamford Baptist Church, 40 Lake St., Stamford, NY 12167; 652-3713; and in Babylon at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the First Baptist Church of Babylon, 300 West Main St., Babylon, NY 11702; (631) 422-0754.
Flowers can be sent to the Sunday service, or, in lieu of flowers, a donation either monetary or through volunteer service can be made to the following Hospice center (or any local Hospice): Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820; (800) 306-3870 or www.cahpc.org.
Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so online at www.macarthurfh.com.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.