NASHVILLE – John Allen Joyner, 89, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born in Nash County on April 21, 1923, and was the son of the late John Henry and Onie Nelms Joyner.
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John Allen served as a corporal in the US Army Air Corp, 90th Fighter Squadron during World War II, and was stationed in India from September 1943 until November 1945 during the China-Burma-India Theater. He was a salesman for Baker Oil Company in Nashville for over 30 years.
He was a long-time member of the Nashville Baptist Church where he enjoyed cooking for family nights and for the PEP (People Enjoying People) Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Martha Chestnutt Joyner; a brother, Willard Nelms Joyner; and a sister, Nell Joyner Harrell and a great-grandson, Blake Allen Cole.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory two daughters, Cheryl Rice (Ronnie) of Nashville, and Joyce Cole of Raleigh; grandchildren, Amy Wier (Duff) of Biloxi, MS; Brad Rice of Charlotte; Adam Cole and Ashley Cole of Raleigh; and great grandsons Matthew, Jonathan, and Robbie Wier of Biloxi, MS; sister, Katherine Withers of Greenville; brothers Bill Joyner of Nashville, Ray Joyner of Greenville, and Garland Joyner of Cary, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service honoring his life will be held on Wednesday, October 10 2012 with the Rev. Jason Gault officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, NC, with the service following at 2:30 p.m. in the Cornerstone Chapel. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Nashville.
The family wishes to acknowledge the friendship and kindness of his faithful caregivers, Joyce Stalvey and Shirley Jeans, and the love and support of Butch and Carolyn Harrell.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Baptist Church, P O Box 637, Nashville, NC 27856.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Oct. 8, 2012