Joyce (Terry) McTavish

August 24, 1949 ~ May 17, 2021 (age 71)


Joyce Terry McTavish was born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta on August 24, 1949 to Harold and Helen Terry. She lived in Atlanta until she was 10 and then moved to Athens where she graduated from Athens High School.  She attended Georgia Southern University before returning to Atlanta to live and work. She married Neil McTavish on April 9,1976 on St. Simons Island. She was very athletic and played softball, ALTA tennis, and swimming. Her athletic endeavors were cut short when she was diagnosed with MS. However, positive attitude about life continued as the MS progressed. She supported her 2 sons in their endeavors and was their biggest fan.  She worked in many positions in the Dekalb School System and finally as the bookkeeper and then as counseling secretary at Dunwoody High School when her MS necessitated her retirement.

She never met a stranger and always had a positive attitude in dealing with the hand that she was dealt. She will be missed by her family and friends.  She went home to our Lord on May 17,2021.

She is survived by her husband Neil, her sons Ian (Brooke) of West Des Moines, Iowa and Derek (Holly)of Athens, her sister Suzanne ( Don ) Vennes (Lawrenceville) and her 6 grandchildren ( Tatum & Bayn in Iowa, Maggie, Cole, Isaac, and Georgia in Athens) and several nieces & nephews.

Burial services will be held at the Greensboro Georgia City Cemetery.  The Graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday June 6th at:Greensboro City Cemetery, Memorial Drive. Greensboro. Ga 30642.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MS Society.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register. 

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Graveside Service
June 6, 2021

3:00 PM
Greensboro City Cemetery
Memorial Drive
Greensboro, GA 30642

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