Joy McCann Culverhouse, widow of original Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse, died Thursday in Tampa at the age of 96.
“Our family is devastated at the loss of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and great aunt,” said Gay Culverhouse, daughter of Hugh and Joy and the former Bucs president, via Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “Her competitive spirit lives on as we meet the challenges life gives us.”
The Bucs released a statement on Tuesday.
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Joy Culverhouse. The Culverhouse family will always hold a special place in Tampa’s rich sports history as the first major professional sports owners in our community. We appreciate all that Joy and her husband, Hugh, did for the Tampa Bay area and we offer our condolences to the family.”
Along with her connection to the Bucs, Culverhouse was known throughout Tampa as an outstanding golfer. She won two Alabama Women’s State Gold Championships in 1941 and 1947, and in 1961 won the Florida Women’s Amateur title.
At LSU, Joy Culverhouse became one of the first women given a partial athletic scholarship, competing as the ninth player on the Tiger’s men squad before transferring to Alabama, the school her son, Hugh Jr., donated $250,000 for a women’s golf scholarship in her name.
In her collegiate golfing career, Joy won a total of 27 championships while graduating from Alabama with a degree in arts and sciences.
Joy McCann Culverhouse was married for 52 years to Hugh Culverhouse, until his death, at age 75, in 1994.
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One of the funniest lines I ever heard was when, after Joy learned about Hugh’s indiscretions was, “I’d like to dig him up and shoot him”. I’m pretty sure it would have been easy to form a firing squad.
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