Charlie E. Joyner (1928 - 2016)

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Charlie E. Joyner, age 87, born on June 24, 1928, in Roberta, Ga., passed away peacefully in his home in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.
Charlie joined the Marine Corps at the ripe old age of 16 and retired after 20 years of serving his beloved country in World War II (South Pacific) and Korea (The Battle of Chosin Reservoir). He retired from the Marine Corps as a decorated Sergeant. He spent 22 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator at the Marine Corps Support facility (Blount Island near Jacksonville, Fla.) and also at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
For many years he was an active life member of the VFW Post 3160, The Fleet Reserve Branch 60, and the American Legion Post 327, all located in Oceanview Norfolk, Va.
Charlie and his late sister (Irene Joyner Dudley) were orphaned as young children from a tragic accident that took the lives of their parents, and were adopted by William B. Harris and Mable E. Harris, whom he loved dearly.
After 42 years of serving his country in one fashion or another, Charlie relocated to Norfolk, Va., to be near his beloved sister Irene, and her husband Vaughn Dudley Sr. and their children Patricia, Vaughn Jr. and his wife Janice.
While living in Norfolk, Charlie met his soul mate, Earlene Stansell. They lived together for nearly 20 years before moving to Brockway, Pa., this past summer, at which time Charlie became a life member of the American Legion Post 95 in Brockway. Though never married, they shared the love and compassion for one another that any married couple would dream of.
With this relationship came an extended family which Charlie greeted with open arms and as much love. Daughters Bess (Matt) Townsend of California and Judy Summerlin of Maryland; son Walter (Tammy) Stansell of Brockway; granddaughter Crystal (Ben) Gloeckner of Virginia and great-grandchildren Hunter and Beckett.
Not enough good could be said of this great man, and his untiring quest to do right by all who knew him. Forever loved and missed.
All services will be private for Charlie and he will be interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Va.
Semper Fidelis.
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Published in The Courier Express on Jan. 17, 2016
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