Joyce Terry McTavish

  •  Joyce Terry McTavish

Born in Atlanta, Ga on August 24, 1949

Departed on May 17, 2021 and resided in Duluth, GA

Joyce Terry McTavish was born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta on August 24, 1949 to Harold and Helen Terry. She lived in Atlanta until she was 10 and then moved to Athens where she graduated from Athens High School.

She attended Georgia Southern University before returning to Atlanta to live and work. She married Neil McTavish on April 9,1976 on St. Simons Island. She was very athletic and played softball, ALTA tennis, and swimming. Her athletic endeavors were cut short when she was diagnosed with MS. However, positive attitude about life continued as the MS progressed. She supported her 2 sons in their endeavors and was their biggest fan. 

She worked in many positions in the Dekalb School System and finally as the bookkeeper and then as counseling secretary at Dunwoody High School when her MS necessitated her retirement.

She never met a stranger and always had a positive attitude in dealing with the hand that she was dealt. She will be missed by her family and friends. 

She went home to our Lord on May 17,2021.

She is survived by her husband Neil, her sons Ian (Brooke) of West Des Moines, Iowa and Derek (Holly)of Athens, her sister Suzanne ( Don )Vennes and her 6 grandchildren ( Tatum & Bayn in Iowa, Maggie, Cole, Isaac, and Georgia in Athens) and several nieces & nephews.

The Graveside service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday June 6th at:
Greensboro City Cemetery
104 East Richland Ave
Greensboro. Ga 30642
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MS Society

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  1. John Anchors May 18, 2021 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Jean and I are so sad to hear of Joyce’s passing, we remmber her infectious smile and friendly nature when I worked with Neil at Georgia Power. God bless you and your family, Neil !

  2. Linda and Dennis May 18, 2021 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    She was a wonderful person and a great sister-in-law. We enjoyed visiting while cleaning out the Clayton house. We will miss her positive attitude and wonderful personality.

  3. Phyllis Adkins May 18, 2021 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful Wife, Mother & Grandmother. Joyce was a wonderful friend to me. I looked up to her and will always remember her kindness and little laugh. I look forward to seeing her again.

  4. Louise Hatfield May 19, 2021 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    What a great woman. Always positive after her diagnosis. She took great care of her Aunt Louise. It was my pleasure to do her hair for almost 30 thirty years. I know you will miss her but 45 years of memories will carry you. GOD BLESS

  5. Mimi Amatruda May 20, 2021 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I was saddened do hear the news of Joyce’s passing. She was a joy filled person and a delight to be around. Rest in pease Joyce.

  6. Ki j lim May 20, 2021 at 9:06 am - Reply

    RIP dear Joyce.

  7. FLORELLE WELLER (DEEN) May 20, 2021 at 11:16 pm - Reply


  8. Cindy and Pete Butler May 22, 2021 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Pete and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of Joyce.
    She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.
    May your wonderful memories comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Rosemarie Nelson May 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    My dearest family, I am saddened Joyce has left us and happy that she is with our Lord and Savior. From the day we met Joyce and I became friends, family, and confidants. Joyce – a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend kept me going while dealing with her own challenges. Joyce is a selfless angel. No matter what was going on, we always managed to smile, laugh and look at the bright side. My McTavish clan, I will always love her and each of you. May we never forget the joy she brought to us and us to her. Thank you for allowing me to become a member of this family and sharing Mrs.Joyce Terry McTavish with mine. We mourn her passing with you.

  10. David & Debbie Outten May 23, 2021 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Neil and Joyce have long been one of the great things about living in Lake Villas. On many a walk we’ve stopped to talk and Joyce has always been upbeat even in her chair. What a nice couple. She will be deeply missed.

  11. Alfred and Carletta Sloan May 23, 2021 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Sending prayers and condolences to the family.

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