Rev. Furman Joye on April 19, 2023, slipped the surly bonds of Earth and took his Heavenly Flight to be with Jesus.
Furman was born in the low country of South Carolina to the late H. W.(Dewey) and Fadie Lanning Joye. He was predeceased by a sister Dorothy Johnston, and brothers Carl W Joye, David B. Joye, Nolan U. Joy, and Raymond Joye.
He is survived by his brother Al Joye of Manassas, Virginia, and his sister Jewell Hagmeier of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Furman is also survived by two wonderful daughters: Vicki Savage of Newport News, Virginia, and Arlene Joye of California. Furman has also survived by three grandchildren and six grandchildren.
Furman grew up in Florence, South Carolina, graduating from McClenaghan High School in 1947 then joined the US Air Force in 1948 where he served 20 years, retiring as a Msgt in 1968. He was then employed by the Newport News shipyard where he became the Manager of Material Control before retiring in 1983. He then became a professional dog handler and an AKC judge before again retiring and moving to Leesburg, Florida in 1987, where he became involved with Senior Softball. He managed the team that won the Florida state championship and went on to play in the Senior Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri in 1989.
Furman returned to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1990 and began his career as a Lay Minister. He moved from Williamsburg to Floyd County Virginia, to Lancaster, South Carolina and back to Prospect, Virginia where he was ordained in 2013. Furman has served as a volunteer Minister at the Woodlands of Farmville, and Supply Minister at many churches in the area.
Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family. www.puckettfh.com.