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On December 11, 2012, our beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, Hellen Joyner Vinson, departed this earthly pilgrimage at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, with her family by her side. She was born on December 30, 1948 in Conway, NC to Earl and Gladys F. Joyner. Hellen is survived by her husband, Bobby Vinson, Sr.; two sons, Kendall Joyner and Bradley Vinson; stepdaughter, Tameka Vinson; three sisters, Gloria Joyner Johnson, Etta Joyner, Cecilia Jasper; one brother, Randolph Joyner (Sheila); two aunts, Georgia Flythe and Decie Daye; nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth Joyner and stepson, Bobby Vinson Jr. A memorial service will be held on December 18 at 3 p.m. at Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 3505 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20010.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 15, 2012