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Paul Bagby Joyce

April 18, 1954 June 9, 2019
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Paul Bagby Joyce, 65, of Greenville, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, after a long courageous fight against cancer.

A grave side burial will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Shrewsbury Parish Church, 1824 Shrewsbury Church Road, Kennedyville, Maryland. A local celebration of his life will be held in Greenville, North Carolina at a later time.

Paul was born in Chestertown, Maryland on Easter Sunday Morning, April 18, 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Masters of Biology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Paul worked as a scientist for 30 years, specializing in quality control, with Oxford Global Enterprise, Ethicon, Inc., Hospira, Inc., Sandoz, Inc., Glaxosmithkline, Inc., Leiner Health Products, Catalytica Pharmacueticals/DSM Pharmaceuticals, Glaxo Wellcome, and Burroughs Wellcome. He was a researcher and coauthored several studies that examined the effects of inflammation on platelets, contributing to modern medicine’s standards of care in managing heart disease.

He enjoyed collecting family memorabilia, shooting, and spending time with his cat, Cinder. He was a former member and Secretary of the Pitt County Wildlife Club. He was actively involved with the American Lung Association, National Rifle Association, and the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association.

Paul was preceded in death by his father, William Dewey Joyce, Jr, a dairy farmer, and his mother, Florence Hurtt Deringer Joyce, a physician. She was a fifth generation descendant of the Deringer family who produced handguns and rifles by the same name. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Anne Joyce Martin of Maryland and extended family members Amanda Deringer of Virginia and Sidney “Sud” Deringer of Maryland.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Saving Graces for Felines to honor his cat, Cinder, who never left his side. Paul would like to thank Vicki, Teresa, Tammy, Sharon, Jim, Gail and the many others who encouraged and watched over him during his illness. He was particularly grateful for those individuals at Vidant’s Cancer Center and the Palliative Care unit.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wilkerson Funeral Home in Greenville, North Carolina and Galena Funeral Home in Galena, Maryland.

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12:00 PM 6/15/2019 12:00:00 PM
Shrewsbury Parish Church Cemetery

1824 Shrewsbury Church Road
Kennedyville, MD x

A local celebration of his life will be held in Greenville at a later date.

Shrewsbury Parish Church Cemetery
1824 Shrewsbury Church Road Kennedyville x MD
United States

Memorial Contribution

Saving Graces for Felines

P.O.Box 4307
Greenville, NC 27836
To honor his cat, Cinder, who never left his side.

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