Terry Lee Joy, 72, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 12:42 pm July 13, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born August 12, 1948 in Jefferson County, Illinois to the late Arthur and Cora (Culli) Joy. Terry married Lovetta (Story) Joy on June 22, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. They were blessed with fifty-three years of marriage.
Terry is survived by his wife, Lovetta; three children, Shawn Joy and wife, Paula, Greg Joy and wife, Lori, and Kimberly Maurer and husband, Ryan, all of Mount Vernon, Illinois; three grandchildren, Draper Joy, Alaina Maurer, and Cale Maurer; four sisters, Judy Cummings and husband, Gary of Pensacola, Florida, Debbie Rankin of Mount Vernon, Pam Graham and husband, Dennis of Mount Vernon, and Tonya Coggins and husband, Mark of Nason, Illinois; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Randy and Donna Cummings; brother-in-law, Larry Story; sister-in-law, Billie Sue Story; nine nieces; eight nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Terry was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Steve Rankin and Martin Story and sister-in-law, Ann Story.
Terry graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1966. He served in the United States Army and served in Vietnam for thirteen months. Terry worked at Precision National for several years, Continental Tire, and retired from National Railway in 2013. Terry also served on the board of trustees for the Dodds Township. Terry was a member of the Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, and Church Trustee. He enjoyed farming and raising livestock and was proud of his 47 Ford Coupe. Terry’s greatest joy was his kids and grandkids. One of his favorite sayings was, “It’ll be alright”, and it WILL be alright, because Terry is in Heaven with his Lord and Savior.
A Visitation will be held Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. An Afternoon Visitation will be held prior to the service, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Newell Funeral Home on Friday, July 16, 2021. A Funeral Service will begin at 1:30 pm with Reverend Travis Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Terry’s honor to Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.