Lida Joyce Mathews Pattillo was born March 24, 1925, in Macon, Ga., to Elizabeth Lucrecia (Betty Lu) and HT Mathews. The family later moved to Atlanta, where she met the Pattillo twins, Buck and Bill. The Pattillo twins entered the U.S. Air Force, where they became part of the original Thunderbirds flying team. At about the same time, Joyce became a stewardess for Delta airlines. Joyce once boarded a Delta flight that didn’t have any seats left in coach. She showed a photo of herself as a stewardess, and the flight attendant put her in first class. Joyce and Bill were married in 1950. They had four children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Joyce was fun to be around. She loved to sing and play piano. Joyce told funny stories about her life in Atlanta and travels around the world as an Air Force wife and mother. She had a great sense of humor, and over the phone from Routt County, she always told friends or family in her characteristic Southern accent that she was “in a winter wonderland.” Joyce was a great cook and took lessons at a prestigious cooking school in France. She made the same breakfast on consecutive days of the week for her family. Joyce’s health started to fail after a fall a few years ago, and she lived at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Harrisonburg, Va. Joyce was surrounded by her family at the time she went to heaven Sept. 13, 2012.
Joyce leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years, Bill, of Harrisonburg; sons Bob Pattillo (Marci) and Joe (Suzy) Pattillo, of Stagecoach; daughters Patricia Landis (Jeff), of Harrisonburg, and Peggy Royer (Andy), of Hendersonville, Tenn.; brother Tommy Mathews (Margaret), of Knoxville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Joyce will be missed deeply by all who loved her.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 22, 2012, at Sunnyside chapel in Harrisonburg.