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Alumni Obituary – Donald Joy

Donald JoyDonald Marvin Joy, 91, husband of Robbie Flynn Bowles Joy, of Wilmore, passed to his heavenly home on Saturday, June 6, 2020. He was born in Dodge City, Kansas on August 20, 1928, to the late Marvin E. and Marie Joy and was delivered by the famous “Doc” E.W. Adams, son of the original Boot Hill doctor depicted on TV.

Don was a retired Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, former Pastor, Executive Editor, and author of 17 books. He had also worked at the bequest of two Presidents of the United States conducting seminars on men’s and women’s issues at the Pentagon and internationally.

Don was preceded in death by his 67-year-old son, John Marvin Joy, and a sister, Anice Faulkner. He is survived by his son Michael Charles (Kathy) Joy, a brother David (Karen) Joy, a brother-in-law, Calvin Faulkner. Don also had six grandchildren, Jason (Nicole) Joy, Heather (Josh) Damron, Jami (Ray) Taylor, Lesli Schaffer Joy, Jordan (Paula) Joy, Justin Joy and 16 great-grandchildren Caleb (Kate), Isiah, Micah, Eli, Mason, Kobe, Justus, Nicholas, Noah, and Madison Damron, Brooklynn and Alexa Damron, Tyler Joy-Brandon, Tatum Schaffer, Jaydan and Briana Joy.

Graveside services will be conducted for family only this Saturday, June 13, 2020. We have tentatively set a celebration of life at the Free Methodist Church in Wilmore September 19, 2020, time TBA.

In lieu of sending flowers, donations can be made to either: Greenville University Office of Development 315 E College Avenue, Greeneville, Illinois 62246 or to Central Christian College 1200 S Main McPherson, KS 67460 attention Office of Advancement (donations should be made to the Donald and Robbie Joy Scholarship Fund) Don and Robbie met and fell in love at Central and both attended Greenville (Don sat on the Board of Trustees at Greeneville University from 1969-1996). Find the online guestbook at

For a more in-depth biography of Donald’s life and career, go to


Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person through four core characteristics: heart, soul, mind, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central, go to Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.

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