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Joyce Carolyn Long Darby

Joyce Carolyn Long Darby
  • November 9, 1935 - May 12, 2021
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Dr. Charles P. Darby, Jr., Department of Pediatrics Research Endowment, MUSC Children's Hospital Fund
    59 Bee Street
    MSC 201
    Charleston, SC 29452

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“My deepest sympathies and prayers are with y'all ❤Joyce was a beautiful lady who touched so many lives. I feel so fortunate to have known her....Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Caroline Flynn - Charleston, SC

“Charlie, sorry to hear about the passing of your wife, Joyce. Prayers for you and family. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: John Drawdy - Friend

“Beautiful woman. Beautiful life. Beautiful family. We feel your loss and sorrow.There is a candle for her at Stella Maris. Peter de Vito M.D. The...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Peter de Vito M.D. - SC

“To The Extended Long-Darby Family, I was so sad to hear of Miss Joyce’s passing. What a wonderful lady, family matriarch, and friend to many...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Lori Leitch-Nagumo - Tokyo

“Way back in the early 80' in Coronado, this fine lady arrived and graced us with a very happy visit that I have never forgotten - many stories of...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Fred Dumont - Queensbury, NY

“Dear Beth and family, I was so sorry to hear of your mother´s death. I remember all the fun times with all of you when we lived in Mt Pleasant...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy Haynie Cheatham

“I was so sorry to hear that Joyce passed away. She was a very kind , helpful, and friendly person. I will never forget her especially her kindness....Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Robert Cathcart - Charleston, SC

“When we received the devastating news that Joyce had passed, we could not imagine the depth of the families grief !! Knowing both Joyce and Charlie...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Dr. Stratton and Vivien Sterghos

“Charlie and family, I was saddened to learn of Joyce's passing. She meant a lot to me during my pediatric residency and long after. Her kindnesses to...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Franklin C. Lee, MD

“We want to express our deepest sympathy and recall our fond memories of Joyce and the entire Darby family. We have great memories of working with...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: HANK & SUSAN HOFFORD - CHARLESTON, SC

“Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We hope that once the initial sorrow begins to lessen, the memories of all the good times...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: David & Alice Shook - Charleston, SC

“Dr. Darby, our thoughts, and more importantly, our prayers are with Joyce, you and all in the family. God has welcomed home a new resident and has...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Doug Pounder - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Charlotte and I met Joyce several times at social occasions involving the Church. I was always impressed by Joyce's intelligence, warm spirit and...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Gene Zurlo - Charleston, SC

“Dear Beth,I am so sorry for your loss of your mom passing.I pray for peace for you soon in your loss. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: ShaSha Preston - Jacksonville, FL

“Sadly we learned of the passing of Dear Joyce. She was a long time friend and we wish God's peace for her and her wonderful family ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Buddy & Margaret Puckhaber - SC

“You will be sorely missed and remembered fondly by all. I know your kind heart will be carried on throughout time through all of your children. May...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Susan St Armand - Summerville, SC

“Deepest sympathy on Mrs. Darby's passing. I have many fond childhood memories. May she Rest In Peace. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Peg Murray Hughes - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“We are most grateful to the Darby family and all they have represented for many generations. Their loss of their family matriarch is deeply felt by...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Tommy McQueeney

“My sympathy goes out to Dr. Darby and family. Mrs. Darby was a wonderful, nice person, and I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet her...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Hawkins, MD

“From our family to yours..... the Renkens send our condolences. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Freddy Renken - Family Friend

“We want to offer our deepest sympathy to the family. Joyce was such a vivacious person. Boyd & Liz Loadholt ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Liz Loadholt - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We will remember Joyce dancing in St. Kitts at Salt Plage being the life of the party! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You were...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Whalley - Houston, TX

“Joyce Darby--WHAT A LADY!!!!Her friendship and kindness are forever memorable. Condolences to Dr. Darby and her entire family.Edward Bernard ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Edward Joseph Bernard Bernard - SC

“I was saddened to learn of the death of Joyce this morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie, John, Buddy and the entire Darby family as...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Marion Woodbury - Beaufort, SC


Joyce Carolyn Long Darby, 85, of Mount Pleasant, S.C. died on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. She was born on November 9, 1935 in Charleston, S.C. to the late John "JC" Charles Long and Alberta Sottile Long. She graduated from Rivers High School, where she was Student Body President, and she attended Mary Washington College of Virginia.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles "Charlie" Pinckney Darby, Jr; her children, Charles Pinckney Darby, III (Tammy); Elizabeth Darby Haizlip (Ken); Anne Darby Parker (Scott); John Charles Long Darby (Georgia); Joya Darby Wolf (Matt); and her sister, Mary Ellen Way (Charlie). Her spirit remains strong through her grandchildren, Charles Pinckney Darby IV (Maria); Anne Lee Haizlip McCrea (Brandon); Alberta Sottile Long Darby; John Wesley Haizlip (Lauren); Joyce Carolyn Darby Wood (Allen); Darby Scott Parker (Danielle); John Charles Long Darby, Jr (Susannah); Arthur Homer Darby; Christopher Pinckney Parker; Tambra Leland Darby; Helen Elizabeth Darby; Cecilia Darby Wolf; Lucile Stadler Wolf; Elizabeth Darby Haizlip; Amelia Anne Sullivan Parker; David Lawrence Wolf and her 10 great grandchildren whom she adored. She was lovingly cared for by Donna Kay Smith.

Joyce was an accomplished businesswoman. She was a faithful supporter to her family company, The Beach Company, which was founded by her father, JC Long, in 1945. She was Chairman of the Board of Pastime Amusement Company. Pastime was founded by Joyce's grandfather, Albert Sottile, in 1908. In addition to its business ventures, Pastime has contributed greatly to the College of Charleston, donating the Sottile Theater and the Sottile House, to name a few. Joyce and her sister, Mary Ellen, were recognized with an honorary doctorate for their loyal support to the College of Charleston.

Joyce was a devoted member of Christ Our King Church. She believed in giving back. As a philanthropist, she made numerous contributions to many area charities that were close to her: Ronald McDonald House, East Coast Community Outreach, the College of Charleston, the United Way, and especially the MUSC Children's Hospital which was founded by her husband, Charlie.

Joyce was the powerful matriarch of four generations. Her first and greatest love was to Charlie, who she was married to for 65 wonderful years. They were each other's strength, traveled the globe together and were partners in everything they did - especially raising their five children.

Joyce was happiest at "Toot-Toot's Playground" at Seaside Farm surrounded by her family. Her energy, imagination and theatrical nature captured the hearts of children - especially her seventeen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren who were the lucky recipients of her many gifts for she "loved them each the most."

An accomplished musician, Joyce played several instruments including the piano and accordion. She provided many happy performances for her family and friends.

Her spirited personality and passion for life made her an infectious person to be around and she left a lasting impression on everyone she encountered. She would want all of us to be celebrating her life to the beat of a tambourine.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, May 14th at 5pm at Seaside Farms Proper, 1450 Venning Rd., Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464. At a later date, she will be laid to rest in a private burial service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts be made in her honor to the Dr. Charles P. Darby, Jr., Department of Pediatrics Research Endowment, MUSC Children's Hospital Fund, 59 Bee Street, MSC 201, Charleston, S.C. 29425. For further information please email riversb@musc.edu.