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Betty Joyner

  • "Everyone in the Joyner clan we are so sorry for your loss...."
    - Jasmine and Steven Hall
  • "Thank you Betty for being you! I love you and will miss..."
  • "Very sorry for your loss our thoughts an prayers are with..."
    - Aunt ( Angie ) Celestia Mossman
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    - Mike & Lori Haynes, Reggie Noles
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    - Jerri Batchelor

Betty Joyner
December 22, 1939 - July 22, 2013
Byron, GA- Betty Joyner [aka Nana Banana, Gran Peeps, Granny, Hun and Mom]
Born Betty Ann Riner on December 22, 1939, in Swainsboro, GA, the beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and friend died Monday, July 22, 2013 from complications of a gastrointestinal blockage in Macon, Ga. Betty was pre-deceased by her parents, Alva Cothron Riner Curry and William E. Riner, and her six brothers and two of her sisters. Betty is survived by her husband and soul mate, John William Joyner, Sr., her children: Juanita Ragsdale (Richard), Debbie Dunlap, Dianne Williams (Phil), and John W. Joyner, Jr. (Kelly); her grandchildren: K. Elaine Cline (Chip), Jason Clark, Danny Joyner, JP Williams, Michele Williams, Layla Keaney, S. Erin Calvert (Pete), Sherry Phillips, Jesse Mossman, Carrie Sullivan, and Kate Sullivan; her eleven great-grandchildren; her eleven great-great-grandchildren; and her sisters Myrtle Parrish, Kathy Clements, and Mary Miser. Betty married William in 1954, and had just celebrated her 59th wedding anniversary on July 20th. Nita followed a year later, and then Debbie, Dianne, and John in short order. While they started their family and life together in Florida, the family eventually settled in Middle Georgia, raising their family in Warner Robins, where Betty drove a school bus for 20 years, and moved to Byron in 1994. In addition to her own children and grandchildren [and so on] Betty took in many strays over the years, and not just in the pet variety. Countless--certainly too many to name--additional children blessed and were blessed by her generous soul. Everyone who knew her thought they were her favorite, such was her gift at making everyone feel at home and loved in her presence. Truly, she was the Matriarch of her family. Although much loved and revered by absolutely everyone, it wasn't always for being the perfect saint. As beautiful as she was inside and out, she often told it 'like it is', consequences be damned. She was strength, she emulated strength, she passed down strength, she was the strongest woman anyone ever met; the glue that formed the family, and her legacy created a bond that will hold us together forever. The family invites relatives, friends, and strays to join them in memorializing and waking the grand dame of the Joyner Clan, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Westcliff Condominium Clubhouse, 303 Westcliff Cir. Warner Robins, GA 31093. (Flowers can be sent to this address any time after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday the 27th). Heritage Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Published in The Telegraph on July 25, 2013