N. Paul Joyner
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GIRDLETREE — N. Paul Joyner peacefully passed away in the arms of one of his dearest friends on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at his home. He was 96. Paul was born in Ward, S.C., on Feb. 11, 1916. His mother and father were Francis and Eunice (Black) Joyner. Paul's grandfather fought in the Civil War, including the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.
Mr. Joyner graduated in 1938 from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree. While there, he was a member of the football team and captain of the varsity track team. An all-military school at that time, he was elected company captain by the student body and faculty. He was also a member of the Tiger Lettermen's Association. He drove to and attended his 70th class reunion in 2008. His post-graduate work was at the University of Maryland.
Following graduation, Paul taught school in South Carolina and Maryland, followed by a stint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a supervisor in Worcester and Wicomico counties. He owned Joyner's Feed Service for 23 years, served as vice president of Dryden's Hatchery and was well respected in the poultry industry as a grower. He became a director of the First National Bank of Snow Hill, now M&T Bank, in 1950 and retired as president and chairman of the board in 1978. In addition, he served on the board of directors at the Home Bank, now PNC, from 1950-1969.
Mr. Joyner served the people of Worcester County as a county commissioner for many years. He was honored to be appointed by governors of the state to various boards, including commissioner of the State Board of Practical Plumbing, the Governor's Commission of Economic Development and the Committee on Crime Prevention and Administration of Justice. He was a past president of the Worcester County Roads Board as well as the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Paul was one of the true founders of Wor-Wic Community College and served on its first board of trustees for many years. He was a member of the board of trustees at Peninsula Regional Medical Center for 13 years and was an honorary trustee for the past 30 years. Mr. Joyner was charter member and former office holder of the Nassawango Country Club, past board member of Furnace Town and a member of the Snow Hill Masonic Lodge for 72 years. He had also been a Rotarian.
Paul was a member of Whatcoat United Methodist Church, serving as president of the board of trustees and its finance committee. During the years, Paul restored numerous houses in Snow Hill in an effort to help the revitalization of the town. He felt privileged to have many wonderful friends from all walks of life. Paul was known as a true Southern gentleman. He leaves behind many stories of his acts of kindness and generosity. He enjoyed his long ride on Earth and looked forward to going to a true place of serenity, Heaven, where he would once again be united with his loving wife, Marian (Humphreys) Joyner, to whom he was married for more than 50 years.
Mr. Joyner will be remembered by his sister, Joyce and her husband, Hugh, of Marian, S.C.; his daughter, Paula Davidson and her husband, Ken, of Hampstead, Md.; as well as his son, Fred, of Salisbury. Tara Monroe and her significant other, Chris, Laurel Enoch and her husband, Matt, and Eric and Emily Joyner are his four grandchildren, who fondly referred to their grandfather as Paul Joyner, per his request. He was blessed to also have great-grandchildren Maddy, Patrick and Christopher, as well as many nieces and nephews, including John Bandel and his wife, Kathleen, of Greenwood Lake, N.Y. Mr. Joyner also considered Earl and Francis Reedier and their children as extended family.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Muriel, Margaret and Athlene; and a brother, Raymond.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Snow Hill.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Joyner has requested donations be sent to HALO Ministries, 701 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804. HALO provides programs and services for the homeless.
Arrangements are in the care of Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Burbage Funeral Home - Berlin
108 William Street
Berlin, MD 21811
Published in The Daily Times on June 10, 2012