Joyce Chandler Whitis died April 14, 2019 at the age of 90 years.
Born Jan. 4, 1929, her life was filled with numerous accomplishments, always with the thought of bettering Stephenville, a community she truly loved.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Huckabay Cemetery. The family will host a visitation at 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Joyce lived near Stephenville for the past 66 years where she was a part of Whitis Holstein Farm, breeders and promoters of pure bred dairy cattle.
She was the owner of Joyce’s Animal Farm, as well as teacher at Huckabay, Lingleville and Desdemona schools. She was well known as a newspaper and magazine columnist, recently publishing a collection of her historic tales and was almost finished with book number two.
Joyce was the force behind the establishment of Moo-La on the square, which honors the local dairy farmers and was honored as national dairy woman.
She was instrumental in the establishment of the Erath County Humane Society, many veteran and historic monuments as well as the originator and biggest promoter dubbing Stephenville as the Cowboy Capital of the World.
Joyce was an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and an honorary member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was active in the Chamber of Commerce and the Erath County Historical Commission.
Her legacy includes a marriage to Thomas B. Whitis Jr. of 55 years. They had two children, Thomas B. Whitis III (Tommy) of Stephenville and daughter Barbara Whitis Sloan of Hurst. Joyce enjoyed nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband, Tom, and son, Tommy.
In lieu of flowers, the Whitis family request donations be made to the Huckabay ISD for the establishment of a historical library to be named in Joyce’s memory. Donations to Joyce Whitis Memorial Library, c/o Huckabay ISD, 200 CR 421, Stephenville, TX 76401.