We are so grateful for the wonderful feature in The Anniston Star covering Paul Joyce’s life and passing. We have had a tremendous response to the article.
So many were involved in Paul’s last few weeks — the Piedmont Rescue Squad, which picked him up the morning of Jan. 16, to the emergency room at Riverview Hospital in Gadsden, to the dedicated nurses and doctors of the second-floor ICU, where he passed away Jan. 27.
Paul’s services were arranged by Thompson Funeral Home. We highly recommend it. Employees there were warm and compassionate, meeting all of our wants and needs.
Visitation on Jan. 31 was so overwhelming with family, friends and fellow Pearl Harbor survivors. The Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Department/Cherokee County Fire Association served as honor guards.
Our family wanted Paul’s farewell to be memorable, planning every detail to honor a true patriot and hero. We thank Angela Teel, Peter Hawker, Gary McCurdy and Carla Mills for sharing personal thoughts of Paul.
The Patriot Guard Riders escorted his body to the gravesite. The U.S. Navy rendered full military honors, including presentation of the flag, “Taps” and a gun salute.
We appreciate everything everyone contributed to help us make this final tribute perfect and beautiful.
“Fair winds and following seas,” beloved husband, father and friend.
For the Joyce and Loy families