Jack Joyner

Obituary of Jack Joyner

~~Jack Winfred Joyner, September 22, 1927-August 8, 2017, died in Mt. Juliet, TN after a long period of declining health. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Lee Sauls Joyner, and two sons, Ronald Glynn Joyner (Sandra) of Mt. Juliet, TN and David Lee Deacon-Joyner (Pamela) of Grapeview, WA. He also leaves six grandchildren, Leigh Ann Joyner Jones (Chris) and Amy Elizabeth Joyner Phelan (Sean) of Mt. Juliet, TN, Shelly Joyner of Dallas, TX, and Fletch Joyner (Hilary), Garrett Joyner and Reed Joyner of Tacoma, WA, and four great-grandchildren, Clay and Drew Jones, and Beck and Sadie Phelan of Mt. Juliet, TN.

Mr. Joyner was born and raised in Huntingdon, TN, the only child of Glynn Faye and Willie Henry Blair Joyner. Glynn worked as a distributor for the Sinclair Oil Company and later as the owner/operator of the City Drug Store. His mother served much of her working life as the Circuit Court Clerk of Carroll County, TN. Jack graduated from Huntingdon High School in 1945 where he was active in athletics and band. He joined the US Navy where he served as Pharmacists Mate 3rd Class at Aiea Heights Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, HI, and at the Millington Naval Hospital, Millington, TN. After completion of his naval service, he married Dorothy Sauls in Atwood, TN on June 22, 1947. Following one year of study at the Harris School of Advertising Art in Nashville, Mr. Joyner entered the University of Tennessee at Martin, TN and served in the TN Army National Guard as a Master Sergeant.

In 1952, Mr. Joyner obtained a B.S. Degree in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and began work at the Proctor and Gamble Defense Plant in Milan, TN. During the years 1954-55, he taught in public schools in Carroll County and Greene County, TN. It was while in Greeneville, TN that his second son, David, was born. In 1956, Mr. Joyner took a position with the Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Tennessee to serve as an Assistant County Agent working with 4-H Clubs in Shelby County, TN. During his residence in Memphis, he completed a Masters Degree in Education at Memphis State University. In 1970, Mr. Joyner accepted a position with Equitable Agri-Business, Inc. and retired in 1992 as Assistant Regional Vice-President.

Mr. Joyner was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and participated on a regular basis in the work and life of his local congregations. He was also an accomplished artist who completed in excess of 100 major paintings during his lifetime.  His art was his means of personal expression and relaxation.

Visitation will be at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet, TN from 5pm-7pm on Thursday, August 10th. Funeral services will take place at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home, 650 High Street, Huntingdon, TN, at 2pm Saturday, August 12th, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Huntingdon.

In lieu of flowers, tax-free donations may be made in Mr. Joyner’s honor to World Christian Broadcasting, 605 Bradley Court, Franklin, TN  37067. 


Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com