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Remembering Kenneth C. “Cheyenne” Joyce

by Cass Teague

Kenneth Carmichael Cheyenne Joyce was born in Nashville, Tennessee on March 12, 1957, to the late Earnest Sr. and Fannie Mae (Sneed) Joyce. “Chey” as he was affectionately known by family members and friends transitioned on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Family members who preceded him in death are his father; his mother; brothers George, Ronald, Donald, Earnest Jr., Travis; and nephew Darrius.

The love of God, Family, and Friends was always the center of his life. He was baptized at Schrader Lane Church of Christ where he remained a member his entire life.

“Chey” had a deep love and passion for the art of baseball. His journey started at an early age with Little League baseball and then on to Pearl High School in Nashville, TN, along with being recruited to play for club teams.

As he matriculated to Tennessee State University (TSU) from 1975-1979, he was a key member of the distinguished 1979 TSU Baseball Team that achieved a remarkable 30-12 record. That year Chey lead the team in hits and RBIs. Chey showcased his versatility in multiple positions, earning many recognitions, including the Most Valuable Freshman on the baseball team. During his junior year he was honored as the Outstanding Hitter. He received All-Nashville Honors in both his junior and senior season solidifying his status as a standout player.

The culmination and recognition of his accomplishments led to his greatest achievement, that of being inducted into the 2024 Tennessee State University Hall of Fame for his outstanding baseball record and performance during a formal ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Nashville on April 12. He leaves a legacy of endurance and perseverance through all his life challenges.

Chey never met a stranger. His big heart and love for people will always shine brightly for others to follow. He was loved by those who knew him best. From childhood, his friends, his college teammates, and his Brothers of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, impacted his life greatly, and he positively impacted theirs as well. Bro. Kenneth “Chey” Joyce was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi at TSU as part of “The Gangsta 14” of the Alpha Theta Chapter in 1976.

Chey was married to Andrea Jones (Joyce) and from this union they were blessed with three children and six grandchildren. He leaves many grieving family members to cherish his memory children, including Dr. LaSheryl Jones-Hall (Rodney), Nashville, TN; Kevin Joyce (Aleta), Bolingbrook, IL; Eric Joyce, Nashville, TN; grandchildren Simeon Hall, Atlanta, GA; Christopher Joyce, New Orleans, LA; Sydney Hall, Memphis, TN; Nyah Joyce, Bolingbrook, IL; Nyari Joyce, Bolingbrook, IL; Nylani Joyce, Bolingbrook, IL; sister Dr. Debra Joyce, Nashville, TN; and many other relatives and friends.

The Celebration of Life service held Friday, May 17, 2024, was streamed live on YouTube@ Schrader Lane Church of Christ. It can be viewed anytime at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O02r4Hrcv5c. To order memorial trees in memory of Kenneth C. “Cheyenne” Joyce, please visit the flower store on the Lewis and Wright Funeral Directors website or call 800-611-0874.

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