Dwight Thurman Joy was born to John Herman Joy and June Wilkie Chapman Mackey Joy, Dec. 7, 1938, in Union Township, in Lucas County Iowa, joining an older sister, Dixie Joy McKay, in the family. Dwight passed away in Hartselle, AIa., March 24, 2019.
Dwight was baptized at the Christian Church in Humeston Feb. 4, 1951, at the age of 12 years and remained a member of that church as long as it existed. He and Jean attended the Humeston Baptist Church, until, when they moved to AIabama in 2011. He graduated from the Humeston High School in 1956. On Sept. 20, 1961, Dwight married Norma Jean Flood at the Christian Church in Allerton. To this union two sons were born, James Lee Joy and Jack David Joy.
Dwight was a life time farmer in Lucas County, from 1959 to 2007, when he retired from farming. Dwight and Jean lived on the home place farm until 1987 when they moved into Humeston to the big house built in 1900. Dwight and Jean purchased the home in 1986, living there almost 25 years before moving to Hartselle, Ala., in 2011.
Dwight served on the Iowa Soybean Promotion board for three terms, which is a total of nine years. He served as treasurer of Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, was head of the budget committee for five years. Dwight served on the research committee at Iowa State University, for the Soybean Promotion Board, serving as the head of that, for two of the five years he served. Dwight served one term of voting delegate of the Lucas County Farm Bureau. Dwight was a seed salesman for Asgrow Seed Company for many years, as well as a full time farmer of crops; corn, soybeans and livestock.
Dwight enjoyed writing many Letters to the Editor in the Des Moines Register and the local Lucas County newspaper, on current issues the he felt very strongly about. He has always enjoyed reading massive amounts on all current issues and events and history.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 57 years, Jean: sons, Dr. James L. Joy and wife, Carolyn Joy, and Jack D. Joy and wife, Lisa Joy; grandchildren:Dr. Ryan Joy, and wife, Hannah Joy, Rebecca Joy, Emily Joy and Laura Joy; two great-granddaughters, Remington Joy and Aspyn Joy; his sister, Dixie McKay; along with a host of many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held at Peck Funeral Home Chapel in Hartselle, Ala., March 28, 2019. Additional visitation and services are being held at the First Baptist Church of Humeston on Saturday, June 29 with visitation 1 to 2:30 p.m., followed by the service, followed by internment at the Humeston cemetery.