Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert W. Joiner, who was a member of the Iron Workers Local Union 387. Joyce and Robert were members of Clinton United Methodist Church. Joyce graduated from Jones County High School in 1945 and then attended Mercer University and later graduated from Georgia Alabama Business College in 1947. To know Joyce was to love her. She will be truly missed by her family and friends. Many friendships were formed during the 17 years Joyce operated her ceramics shop, The Mud Hut. She later opened The Enchanted Doll Cottage, where she taught the making of porcelain dolls for 12 years.
Joyce is survived by her brother, John Jones of Valley Head, Ala.; four children and many loved ones, Jane Larrimore, Sonny Larrimore, both of Gray, Gary Joiner, Butch Rowell, both of Apalachicola, Fla., David Joiner, Cindy Joiner, both of Hoover, Ala., and Michael Joiner, Marsha Joiner, both of Gray; grandchildren, Amy Larrimore, Kim Piper, both of Decatur, and Robert Joiner, Candy Joiner, both of Cumming; and her great-grandchildren, William Robert Joiner, Ella Marie Joiner and James Tennyson Joiner, all of Cumming.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia, 1160 Forsyth St., Macon, GA 31201 or www.rmhccga.org.
A special message from Joyce: “My pallbearers are wonderful children and friends. I am honored for each of you to do this for me, to carry me to my final resting place. To Jane, Gary, David and Michael: I was honored and was a better person for knowing each one of you and I thank you for this honor. To Cindy: Remember, no sharp knives on vacation! Only dull ones for you. To Butch: You are my flower garden expert. To Amy: Have fun and paddle down river. To Kim: Pick up the pieces. To Marsha: Saffie has the best new mother; thanks for loving my pal and me. To Robbie and Candy: Remember your beautiful family; enjoy them while you can. To Melton Torres: Thanks for making my yard look beautiful. Never doubt your artistic skills and abilities. Last, but not least, to my great-grandchildren, William, Ella and James: I love you! This does not mean that the crazy stories (ha-ha) and many laughs that go along with these children and friends haven’t been well enjoyed. Thank goodness I don’t know them all! They may share those stories with me one day and we can have another laugh together.”
Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray had charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at www.bridgesfh.com.