A RECORD OF FAITHFUL SERVICE
By the death of Mr. Thomas Eastman Joyce, at the age of 71, the parish of Kingston has lost one of its oldest and most respected inhabitants. When he was rather suddenly taken ill at the end of November it was a great shock to his family and friends, for up till that time, he had seemingly enjoyed his full health and vigour, and although he had to enter Boscombe Hospital, high hopes were entertained for his recovery, but he was unable to overcome the effects of two operations and passed peacefully away on the morning of 28th December. Mr. Joyce was a native of Kingston, and, but for a few years when he was in business at Swanage, had lived and carried on the business of his father in the village all his life. Through his business, social activities and the generosity of his nature, he had earned for himself an almost unique position, but it is as a churchman that he will chiefly be remembered, for he had fulfilled every official lay position from choir boy to churchwarden, and despite business and social claims, his Church was paramount in his life. He was also a school manager.
The funeral took place at Kingston on Thursday, a large congregation attending. The service, conducted by the Vicar (Rev. F. S. Horan) assisted by the Rev. R. A. Bond, a former Vicar, was fully choral, and commenced with the “Dead March” in “Saul” (organist, Mr. G. Dorey), as the remains had rested in church overnight, when the opening part of the service was taken. Two of Mr. Joyce’s favourite hymns, “I heard a Voice,” and “Abide with Me,” were sung. The Lesson was taken from Revelation, 7-9.
The Vicar in his address spoke feelingly of the generosity of Mr. Joyce’s nature and the steadfastness of his character, and of the great service he had rendered to his church and village.
The coffin was borne to its last resting place as the choir sang the Nunc Dimittis. At the conclusion of the service the bells were rung half muffled by the village ringers, conducted by Mr. W. Hooper.
The family mourners were: – Mrs. Joyce (widow), Mr. and Mrs. Braisby, Mr. and Mrs. Stride (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. Harry Joyce (brother), Mrs. Bailey (sister), Mr. F. Wort (nephew), Miss Wort and Miss A. Joyce (nieces), Mr. W. Baker (cousin), Mrs. Ashford (friend), and Mr. Tom and Bert Bullen (employees).
Among the many others present were: – The Hon. Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O. and Mr. A. G. Loxston (fellow churchwardens), Messrs. G. Hunt, C. Orchard and E. Dorey (sidesmen), Mr. W. E. Candy, Rev. C. Smith (former Vicar of Kingston), Dr. Dry Drury and Miss Drury, Rev. and Mrs. Godson, Mrs. R. A. Bond, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bartlett, Messrs Charles Stride, A. Curtis, N. Phillips, J. Marsh, T. Seymour, W. G. Marsh, A. Moss, T. Hibbs, Woodford White, Hill-Brown, G. Edgar, Bert Hunt, Pushman, R. Ballam, Bridle, E. A. Hixson, Capt. Dowera Rogers, Mrs. George Smith, and Mrs. F. S. Horan.
Floral tributes, many and varied, were received from: – Wife and family; Cynthia and John (grand-children); Mr. and Mrs. Harry Joyce (brother); Mrs. Smith and family (sister); Mrs. J. Wort and family (sister); Mr. and Mrs. Linn Joyce and family (nephew); Miss Ada Joyce (niece); Mr. and Mrs. W. Baker and Francis (cousins); Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Baker (cousins); Misses N. and B. Braisby and Mrs. Ashford; Mr. and Mrs. Filewood; Miss. E. Butcher; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Ashford; Miss Nellie Stride: Mr. Tom and Mr. Bert Bullen; The choir and bellringers; Sir Ernest Scott; Rev. and Mrs. Horan; Rev. and Mrs. R. A. Bond; Rev. and Mrs. B. D. Beeley; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Candy; Dr. Dru Drury; Mrs. Loxston; Mrs. Bartlett and family; Mrs. G. Smith and Miss Bowden; Mr. and Mrs. C. Orchard, Ken and Joan; Mr. and Mrs. A. Bates; Mr. and Mrs. J. Beavis and family; Mrs. Bertie Bullen; Mr. and Mrs. F. Bullen and Fred; Henry, Kate, and Charlie Bullen; Mr. and Mrs. E. Dorey and family; Mrs. A. Dorey and family; Mr. and Mrs. Damer and family; Mr. Dawson Damer; Mr. and Mrs. W. Hooper and Mrs. Bridle; Mr. and Mrs. C. Brown; Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar and family; Mr. and Mrs. Phillips; Mrs. Honeybun and Nora; Mr. and Mrs. Davis; Kingston Women’s Institute; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Turner; Miss Vinney; Mr. and Mrs. Newbery (Corfe); Mrs. Sansom and Mr. E. J. Sansom; Mr. and Mrs. Everett; Mr. and Mrs. Hare.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. E. J. Sansom, of Wareham.
Mrs. Joyce and family desire to thank their many friends for kind expressions of sympathy in their bereavement, and also for the beautiful flowers sent.
Western Gazette, Friday 8 January 1937