Joyce Slaydon

Joyce Tyson Slaydon, 82, passed away at home in San Antonio on May 27, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Callaway Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas, with Rev. Ray Blundell and Rev. Milton Woodall officiating.   Burial will follow at Steep Hollow Cemetery in Bryan, Texas. Arrangements are by Callaway-Jones Funeral Home.

Joyce was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Tommie Eula Marsh Tyson and Henry Grady Tyson on July 10, 1934.  She attended Cumberland County Schools, graduating as Valedictorian from Grays Creek High School, and Worth Business College.  She married Samuel Ray Slaydon on October 3, 1953 at Sherwood Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She worked as a Teller and Bookkeeper for 20 years and ended her career working with at-risk children in Abilene and Waco.  She was honored by being the first woman ever to be inducted into the Bryan/College Station Rotary Club.  Joyce spent her life serving God with her gifts of music and teaching His word. She loved to play the piano and passed on her love of music to her four children.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Tommie Eula Marsh Tyson and Henry Grady Tyson, and her six siblings, Henry Tyson, Elon Bollinger, Frances Curle, Upton Tyson, Sprunt Tyson, and Eula Tyson.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Samuel Ray Slaydon, Sr.,  her four children: Joi Brock and her husband Robert; Cindy Falco and her husband Joe III; Samuel Slaydon, Jr. and his wife Marla, and Grady Slaydon and his wife Laurie.  She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and their spouses and thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Brock, Joey Falco, Trey Slaydon, Kegan Slaydon, Zachary Slaydon, Tyler Slaydon, Thomas Gurno, Carlo Aranibar, Warren Gouge and Jorge Saldivar.

The family of Joyce Slaydon wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Kindred Hospice Care, especially Dorothy, Aretha, Gloria, and Brian, for lovingly guiding and supporting us through the end of her journey, and especially for the tender care that you provided her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joyce’s name to the American Heart Association.




  1. We are so sorry to hear about the death of Joyce, a beautiful Christian woman. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. We have many wonderful memories of her and of our Thanksgivings together with the Slaydons, Cumptons and Greensages.

    We will see her in Heaven. Love to you all, Raymond and Jo Nell

  2. Uncle Sam Ray, Sam Jr, Joi and Cindy, May God’s peace fill you and your family. Our thoughts, love, and prayers.

  3. To all of the Slaydon family, from the Mushinski family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Chris Mushinski

  4. Uncle Sammy – I am so sorry to learn of Aunt Joyce’s passing. You and she were so much a part of our family showing much love and support after the passing of Don, HP, Elon and Suzie (& even before that!). You made Dylan’s life so happy by your love and support being the only family near enough to come to her high school and college graduations and then her wedding although we missed Joyce. Your love has meant a great deal to me and to Dylan – there is nothing like family! Thank you and God Bless. Jeannie M. Bollinger

  5. Very sorry to hear of Mima’s passing… may the beautiful memories of her life bring you peace and comfort. She is in a better place now.
    The Aranibar family
    Roberto, Patricia, sons and their families

  6. Sammy Ray I am so sorry for your loss of your dear wife. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. i didn’t really know you but i know Samuel is my cousin. My thoughts and prayers for all the family. i am granddaughter of Albert Slaydon.

  8. May the memories of the laughter and love you shared bring you peace now and always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the upcoming months.

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