Benjamin Norman Joyce, Sr. died Friday, April 12, 2013 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
He was 83. Norman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janice Bryant Joyce; his daughter, Patricia, and his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, Benny, Pansy, and Brittany. His sister, Mabel Via, lives in Martinsville.
Norman was the son of the late J. Fred Joyce and Nanny Lelia Daniels Joyce. He was the youngest child and brother to the late Daniel, David and Joe Joyce. His family had a farm in Bassett.
He enjoyed football and was a member of the earliest Bassett High School football team. Drafted in 1952, he served in the Army in Austria and Germany. Upon returning home, he enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now known as Virginia Tech) where he studied industrial arts education and graduated in 1958.
While enrolled in college, Norman cut and saw milled the timber that he used to build a home with Janice. Upon his college graduation, Norman taught industrial arts at Bassett High School and drove a school bus as well.
After several years of teaching, Norman was recruited to work for Virginia Machine and Tool. A self-taught and natural engineer, Norman enjoyed this work.
In 1963, Norman and Janice launched their own business, Machinery Specialist where Norman became known for translating manufacturing challenges into mechanical processes and designed and built specialty, one-of-a-kind machines, finishing systems, and conveyors to execute these processes. His reputation extended widely across a diverse community and his shop was a gathering point for all manner of items that needed to be ‘fixed’ or improved.
Throughout his adult life, Norman was a member of the Church of the Brethren and served in many capacities including deacon, church board, Sunday School teacher, and youth counselor at Mount Hermon in Bassett.
Norman and Janice retired to his paternal grandparents’ home place in Stuart in 1992.
Norman loved a good joke, a well-told story, a frisky young animal, the change of seasons, the beach, camping, fishing, mowing hay, bulldozing, figuring out a challenge, innovation, and his family. He was a committed Christian, a loving husband, a good Daddy, and a tender Granddaddy.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Norris Funeral Services Stuart Chapel. The Burial will be in Patrick Memorial Gardens with Military Rites by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard. The family received friends, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday evening at the funeral home.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Stuart, VA is serving the Joyce family.
Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com