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Joy Culverhouse, widow of former Bucs’ owner, dies at 96

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Joy McCann Culverhouse, widow of late Tampa Bay Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse, has died at the age of 96.

Mrs. Culverhouse died at the Estate of Hyde Park.

“Our family is devastated at the loss of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt,’’ said Gay Culverhouse. “Her competitive spirit lives on as we meet the challenges life gives us.’’

Mrs. Culverhouse was 21 when she won the Alabama Women’s State golf Championship. She won it again six years later.

Hugh Culverhouse took over the Bucs from Tom McCloskey before the first game.

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