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“Delmar; Betty and I are saddened to learn of the untimely and early death of your wife. We will be keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Please...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: David R. King Jr - Spring,, TX

“What a beautiful person Joyce was, smiles and all! Know Delmar and his family along with all the Murphys will miss her immensely! Such a sweet...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Clarabath Wells Sheffield - NC

“Delmar & Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. Since we are not close enough, we hope you can feel our hugs &...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Jack & Janet Cottle - Greenville, SC

“I am so very fortunate to have known Ms. Joyce. In all the time I knew her, she always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. Such a...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: VICKIE EZZELL - ROSE HILL, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peggy Coley and Carlton Insurance Staff ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Peggy Coley, Carlton Insurance - NC

“Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Murphy family during this very difficult time. God has a beautiful angel! Joyce was loved and admired by...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Kamran & Tonia Goudarzi - NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of bereavement. We pray God will comfort and strengthen you all. Dr. Graham ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: James and Glory Graham - Wallace, NC

“Oh my! The best English teacher ever. I am sad. Such good memories! ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Joy Boone Gunter - Columbia, SC

“Praying for the entire family. Mrs. Joyce was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person. She has been an inspiration to a lot of people. She will be...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Thelmon & Peggy Hill - Rose Hill, NC

“Delmar, I know this is a hard time for you. You have lost two wives now and I know it does not get easier. Death is hard for us because we miss our...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Laura Beth Overstreet - NC

“Praying for each of you. Joyce was a Southern Lady like her Mom. Pete and family, and Wendell and family, I will remember you daily in prayer. ...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Sandra King Boone - Wilmington, NC

“I will always remember Mrs. Norman as a dedicated teacher! She was my home room teacher at HCA. Class of 1973. My prayers go out to her family! She...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: George Merritt - Magnolia, NC

“Joyce and I were roommates at Atlantic Christian College way back when! She introduced me to banana sandwiches - and I always think of her when I fix...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Donna (Melhorn) Mark - NC

“Joyce was a sweet classmate and friend! We will be praying for Delmar and other family members! We will miss you Joyce! Ca ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: David and Ann Fussell - Wallace, NC

“Joyce was a sweet and special friend, to know her was to love her. She always had a sweet smile to greet you with. The times that we had shared...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Patricia Turner Strickland - NC

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Joyce Minchew. She was my English teacher and Bible Teacher when I was a student at HCA. "Mrs. Norman"...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Beth Rivenbark - Wallace, NC

“Joyce was a good friend and high school classmate that will be greatly missed by all of us that knew and loved her. So sad that her life was taken by...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Eleanor Bradshaw Hutto - NC

“Thinking of each of you at this time. Knowing she is no longer in pain.God bless you all. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Joey & Rita Brinkley - Teachey, NC

“Ms. Joyce always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. Praying for your family. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Tracy Roberts - Burgaw, NC

“The way I will always remember Ms. Joyce was when she came to the Rosemary Building, where I use to work, to turn in paperwork. She always spoke and...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Susan Casteen Wallace

“I am sorry for the loss of a dear friend and a wonderful class mate. She brought a lot of joy and love to friends and family. She will b truly miss. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Linda L Honke - Surf City, NC

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Joyce. Such a kind and sweet Charity girl. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Murphy & Minchew families. GOD...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Roger & Patsy Teachey - NC


Joyce Murphy Minchew, age 73 of Wallace died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at home.
Joyce was born February 22, 1942 in Rose Hill to the late Norman Holmes Murphy and Lois King Murphy. She was also preceded in death by her sister Myra Ellen Murphy.
Joyce was a graduate of Atlantic Christian College with a BS degree in Business Education. She later attended UNC-W to complete her major in English. Joyce was a teacher for twenty-four years. She taught English at Union High School for seven years and completed her teaching career at Harrells Christian Academy where she taught for seventeen years.
She was a member of Charity United Methodist Church for sixty years where she was pianist for more than twenty-five years and taught Sunday School Class to all ages. After marrying Delmar Minchew in 2002, she became a member at the Wallace United Methodist Church.
Joyce had an innate love for the beauty of nature which led to her passion for gardening. She also loved to travel, and more than anything she loved her family second only to the Lord.
Joyce is survived by her husband of thirteen years this June, Delmar Minchew. She is also survived by one daughter, Angela Norman Brown and husband Robby Brown; three grandchildren, Zelle, Brody and Leah; two step-children, Todd Minchew and children Kendrick, Will and Jane Caroline; and Gina Strickland and husband Clay and children Catherine and Fredrick. Also surviving are Joyce's two brothers, Wendell Holmes Murphy and wife Linda of Rose Hill and Fort Lauderdale, FL and Harry Daniel "Pete" Murphy and wife Lynn of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and twenty-one nieces and nephews.
Joyce wanted a special thank you expressed to her health care givers from Interim Health, Well Care Home Care and Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She especially wanted to thank Tammy Boone for her loving care and friendship. Also, an overwhelming expression of gratitude from Joyce and the family for the cards, visits, food, and endless support throughout this journey.
A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Wallace United Methodist Church, 303 S. College Street, Wallace at 2 P.M. Entombment will immediately follow at Devotional Gardens, 1260 NC 24 & 50 Hwy, Warsaw.
The family will be receiving friends at the Minchew home, 152 River Ridge Drive, Wallace. Her body will lie in State for viewing at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, 612 South Norwood Street, Wallace.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to The ALS Association Research Program, 1275 K St, NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005.