Joyce Tucker Supplee, who would have been 92 on July 4, died at Kershaw Health’s Karesh Wing on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Born July 4, 1923, in Monona, IA, Joyce grew up in Wheaton, IL. Joyce’s high soprano voice -- clear, natural and light -- shaped her education at Wheaton College, her choice of work at Chicago radio station WMBI, and was instrumental in helping her meet a radio show producer and fellow Wheaton graduate, Bill Supplee. Not long after they were married Bill took a job as director of the music department at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) in Columbia, SC. Joyce sang in his college choirs -- at 4 feet 10 inches, always front row, center. She sang solos in countless weddings and church services, carrying a tiny black “book of words”, and always accompanied on piano by her partner for life, Bill. For many years she worked part time in the music office scheduling and managing the choir tours. Joyce was an active member of St. Andrews Evangelical Church, ministered to international students from the University of South Carolina, and knit baby blankets for hundreds of friends and family members. Perhaps her greatest gift was her optimism and sheer enjoyment of life - cooking, eating out, any activity outdoors or around the water, watching sports with her children and grandchildren. An avid bird watcher, binoculars were never out of reach.
Survivors include her sister Nancy Hammarlund of Newnan, GA, children W. Tucker (Carrie) Supplee of Muskegon, MI, Bonnie L. Supplee (Stephen Garrett) of Atlanta, GA, Donald P. (Sharon) Supplee of Camden, SC, ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Florence Tucker, brothers Robert and Paul Tucker, sister Virginia Blum, and her husband of 65 years, George William Supplee. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at St. Andrews Evangelical Church, 2609 Seminole Rd, Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bill and Joyce Supplee Scholarship Fund, Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203, which will further their goal of making Christian music education possible.