Friends are remembering Bryce Joyce, who died unexpectedly Saturday night at age 33, as a “great person” who was passionate about his family and Dalton High School and University of Georgia football.

Joyce served as Dalton’s Quarterback Club president the past two years and turned the reins over to Lane Lewis this year. Lewis and Bryce were friends for more than 25 years.

“Bryce was the most selfless person I’ve known in my entire life,” said an emotional Lewis, who was on a business trip in Chicago when he learned of Joyce’s death. “He’s one of the few people who gave more to Dalton football than he took from it. That’s the way he lived his life.”

Lewis caught the first flight available out of Chicago and was back in Dalton on Monday and will attend Joyce’s funeral on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Rock Bridge Community Church.

“If Bryce was involved with something, he would give 100 percent, and then some,” Lewis said. “I just want everybody to know what type person he was. This community lost one of its finest people.”

As an officer in the Quarterback Club, Ken Brown also knew Joyce.

“He asked me to serve on committees and we worked hand-in-hand through that relationship,” Brown said. “You could tell he had a passion for the Catamounts.

“The best way to describe Bryce, in a sports way, is that he was passionate about Georgia football and anything to do with Dalton. This is very unfortunate and the news hit me right between the eyes.”

A couple of years ago Brown went to Joyce with an idea to start a college-like tailgate activity prior to Dalton home games at Harmon Field. Brown recalled Joyce being excited about the new plan and putting all his energy behind it.

“It was another way for us to promote the team and for people to have fun before the games,” Brown said. “He thought it was a great idea. It’s been pretty successful and has become a pregame tradition. We promote it as football, family and fun.

“With Bryce having played football at Dalton, being a part of the program, and serving as Quarterback Club president the last few years, he was at a point in his life where he was married, he and Tatum (wife) had a small child (Mitchell) and things were moving along well for them. This is something that certainly challenges your faith as a Christian. But we’ll pray for his family and help them through this. We’re all going to miss Bryce.”

Jerry Scott, whose son, Harrison, is the Cats’ starting quarterback and a member of the baseball team, was acquainted with Joyce for only a couple of years, but quickly discovered his insatiable appetite for Dalton High athletics.

“He was a wonderful guy who loved all those boys up there and they loved him, as well,” Scott said. “He put his heart and soul into his position as president of the Quarterback Club.”

Scott transported several Dalton football players to Wofford College for a camp over the weekend and got the news in a phone call.

“That was tough,” Scott said. “Bryce meant a lot to our athletic program. He was just a good human being.”

Athletic director and football coach Ronnie McClurg also received the news of Joyce’s passing in a telephone call early Sunday morning.

“I was totally shocked,” McClurg said. “Bryce was a true Catamount and he certainly will be missed. There are not enough adjectives to describe how I felt when I got that phone call. We will miss Bryce in every phase of our program, and as a friend. It’s just a tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and parents.”

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