Billy Joiner(1920 - 2013)

Joiner, Billy B. August 19, 1920 August 23, 2013 There is another bright star shining in the heavens. Billy Bert Joiner, born August 19, 1920 in Ardmore, OK, to Verne Snow Joiner and Hester Hicks Joiner, quietly and unexpectedly went home to his heavenly Father and the love of his life (Frances Blasingame "Bunny" Joiner) on August 23, 2013. He married Bunny December 27, 1941. She was the center and anchor of his life for the 57 years they were married until her death in 1999. He always loved music, and in his earlier days, dancing with Bunny was a favorite activity. A man of strong Christian faith, Billy was a long-time member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon and Elder, and later Park Cities Presbyterian Church. He joined Dallas Country Club in 1969, and was an avid tennis player until age 86. Billy served in the Air Force during WW II and the Korean War. After WWII, he returned to Dallas and attended SMU law school. He practiced law for 65 years until the day he died. He took pride in carrying out his legal responsibilities with the dignity and integrity he believed were appropriate to such a calling. His grandfather was C.M. ("Dad") Joiner, who discovered the East Texas oil field in 1930. Dad Joiner had a significant influence on Billy's life path, including encouraging him to attend law school. He was a sweet and thoughtful man; a natural-born leader and encourager, and an eternal optimist. He modeled acceptance of others and unfailing love and loyalty to them. He mentored many with his acquired wisdom. He had a joyful spirit and a welcoming presence that imme-diately made others feel at home. Survivors: Billy B. Joiner, Jr., his wife Debra Whitestone and son Noah Joiner; Paul Joiner, his wife Mary, and children Emily Joiner, Allen Joiner, Katie Goldstone and her husband David and son Henry; and Susan Joiner. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Billy's name to the . Memorial Service 11 a.m. Friday, August 30 at Park Cities Pres-byterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn, Dallas, with a reception following at the church. Those closest to him speculate that Billy and Bunny are now dancing across the galaxies under the watchful, joyful eye of their heavenly Father. See additional information at www.hughes3 .com HUGHES FUNERAL HOMES Ed C. Smith Chapel, 4419 Samuell Blvd. Dallas (214) 824-4523

Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 28, 2013