Joyce Steedly Murphy

  • Born: March 21, 1932
  • Died: August 9, 2017
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC 29414

Tel. (843) 763.7664

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Joyce by adding your memories and photos.

Joyce Steedly Murphy, of Charleston, SC, went home to be with the Lord on August 9, 2017. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 11, 2017 at J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 in First Baptist Church, 48 Meeting Street, at 1:00 p.m.

Born March 21, 1932 in Charleston, SC, Joyce was the daughter of Wilbur H. Steedly and Annie Laurie Steedly. She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-two years, W. D. Murphy, Jr., and her three children, W. Dean Murphy, III, Keith H. Murphy and Kerry Murphy. Also by Robin K. Murphy, Kelsey Niday, Haleigh Murphy, Kelli Niday, Lydia Niday, Nixon Niday, Sailor Murphy, Jennene S. Allen, Joseph J. Allen, Alissa Stribling (Charles), Melanie Conollee (Lee), and others.

As a child Joyce was first a member of Hampton Park Baptist Church and later became a member of First Baptist Church Charleston where she was involved as a Sunday School teacher and served the membership in numerous ways. She graduated in the last class of Memminger High School in 1950, attended Furman where she participated in the Furman Singers and was Bonhomie Queen, graduating in 1953. She obtained a Masters Degree from The Citadel. She taught at Chicora School and later at then First Baptist Church School.

Joyce was a member of the Garden Club of SC, the East Low Country District, and served as ELCD Director from 1989-1991; She was a member of the Council of Garden Clubs of Greater Charleston where she served as President from 1985-1987. She recently served as Chaplain and Sunshine Chairman. She is a member of the Council Hall of Fame. Every year since 1979 she hosted the CGCGC Holliday Coffee at her home for garden club members to drop off wreaths, trees and stuffed animals for patients at MUSC. She was also Emeritus Master Judge for flower shows and a member of the Lake Sandhurst Club.

Above all else Joyce was a devoted follower of the Lord, Jesus Christ, a loving wife to her husband, a wonderful, caring, kind mother and a true friend to those many people who knew and loved her. To all of her many friends, know that she loved you too. A special thanks to Katie, Becky and John of Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church (Regeneration Fund), 48 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 or Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.


Condolence & Memory Journal

She was a wonderful friend to my Aunt , Teddie Ulmer, who passed away last year. Even when she had stopped going out many places, I know they kept in close contact with each other. I found the sweetest letter from Joyce to Aunt Dodie that she had saved about their friendship. I know that she will be missed.

Posted by Joanna King    August 15, 2017

Joyce was a true Charleston Lady. She was a kind lady and much loved and respected by her many garden club friends. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Nancy and Boyd

Posted by Nancy Wood - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Friend   August 12, 2017

To all of the Murphy Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce was a person of great character and warmth and a person you would want to emulate. Blessings and Peace

Posted by Gloria Purcell - Charleston   August 11, 2017

Joyce had a kindness that shown through her voice and face. Many years I brought our garden clubs Christmas Trees and Stuffed animals for the hospitals. She was an angel opening her home and heart.

Posted by Barbara Knight - Charleston, SC - Friend   August 11, 2017

Joyce was jewel and he light was always shining. Made everyone feel welcome and loved. Her smile lit up the room. Such a giving lady, and she be missed.
Blessings to all,

Posted by Sally Cooke Christian - Columbia, SC - Friend   August 11, 2017

Joyce was a joy to be around. Always showed love and caring to all of her extended garden club friends and their families. She will be missed...... our extended sympathy to all of her family. With love, Carolyn and Bob

Posted by Carolyn Bean - Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   August 11, 2017

Our Deepest Sympathy to the Murphy family.

Posted by Curtis & Carol Doran - Charleston, SC   August 11, 2017

God bless the Murphy family

Posted by John Thompson - Liberty Hill, SC   August 10, 2017

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