The Rev. Stewart Murray Joy, 90, Episcopal priest,
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loving husband, father and grandfather,
passed away peacefully in his
sleep Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
Rev. Joy grew up in Atlantic City,
N.J. and won a scholarship to the
Hill School in Pottstown, Penn. He
attended the University of Virginia
and graduated with a double major
in biology and history. While attending
Temple Medical School in
Philadelphia in 1943, he was drafted into the U.S.
Army as a medical-surgical technician and served in
the Asiatic Pacific Campaign during World War II.
As a medic, he cared for many wounded American
soldiers, some of whom had been prisoners of war in
Japanese internment camps. He also helped civilians
in Manila who suffered from war trauma and was
awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Rev. Joy
learned many lessons from his military service; the
most memorable being that war is humanity's greatest
When the war ended, he returned to Washington
D.C. and met his true love, Ellen Pope Beam,
a cartographer for the U.S. Army Map Service.
Although he built a successful career with Upjohn
Pharmaceuticals, Rev. Joy decided to enter Virginia
Theological Seminary, and after graduation was
responsible for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in
Washington D.C. He then accepted a call to serve
St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Louisville, where
he flourished, performing weddings, hosting a huge
youth group and serving as confidant to parishioners
for more than 30 years. He truly enjoyed serving as
Rector of St. Mark's.
He was an avid reader of history and the classics,
which gave him a huge advantage every evening
going head-to-head with his grandson Andrew
answering Jeopardy questions. He enjoyed many
summer afternoons relaxing at Lakeside Swim Club
or walking around the Crescent Hill Reservoir,
both of which were Louisville substitutes for his
beloved Atlantic Ocean. Rev. Joy was a member of
Downtown Rotary Club and he was a Paul Harris
Fellow. He was a member of Louisville Masonic
Lodge 400, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and the
Order of the Rose Croix.
He is predeceased by his father Percy Clark Joy
M.D., and mother Gladys Joy Bonsor, and his brother,
William Addison Joy, M.D.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Beam Joy; his son
James Stewart Joy (Catherine Frazier); his daughter,
Suellen Joy (Rev. Robert Brill) Brill; and six adoring
grandchildren, Christopher Stewart Joy, Alexander
James Joy, Charles Frazier Joy, Caitlin LaVera Joy,
Andrew Clark Brill and Cassandra Abigail Joy Brill.
Services were April 7 at Pearson's Funeral Home
on Breckinridge Lane and April 8 at St. Mark's
Burial took place at Cave Hill cemetery at a later
The family would like to thank Albert Olash
M.D., Danny Woo, M.D., Keith Christensen,
Hosparus and the Masonic Home staff for their
calm and caring compassion.
Memorial gifts can be made to St. Mark's
Episcopal Church Scholarship Fund or to Calvary
Published in The Oldham Era on Apr. 11, 2013