Life's journey for Ms. Glenda Arromenta Joyner Foree began on June 26, 1943 in Thomasville, NC. She was born to Eddie Joyner and the late Connie Lee Davis Joyner. She entered into eternal rest at Duke Regional Medical Center in Durham, NC, after a brief illness on June 22, 2016. She passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones.
Glenda was educated in the public schools of Davidson County before furthering her education at Winston-Salem State College, graduating in 1964. While in college she was a Majorette in the marching band, and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She graduated with a degree in Education.
Glenda Joyner met George Earl Foree while a co-ed. After their college courtship, the two married in November, 1964. Their one and only child, Audra Renee Foree was born December 21, 1965.
Early professional assignments led her to teaching at Thomasville Church Street School, and she later became one of the first minority Instructors within the Guilford County School system. Glenda was well respected by her peers and students.
Glenda's professional history took on a change in path as she furthered her education and developed new interests. She began working in administrative roles within governmental programs such as Manpower, J.T.P.A, and C.E.T.A, and relocated with her daughter to Greensboro and then Durham, NC in 1974. Ms. Foree later began working as an Auditor with the City of Durham, NC, eventually becoming the Director of the Internal Audit Department. At the time of her retirement in 2005, she was the Manager of the Records Division for the Durham Police Dept. During her span of years with the City of Durham, Ms Foree became known as a believer in making processes and situations fair and equitable for all. Ms. Foree was often sought as an advisor and became a great supporter to those who needed assistance. Glenda took on a similar role with her family, serving often as a sounding board or providing financial support when times warranted. She was a "fixer" of sorts and the glue that held family together during difficult times. There are many people in the Durham and Thomasville communities that will say that Glenda Foree was a genuinely GOOD person, and that she would do anything within her power to help.
Anyone who knew Glenda knew that she loved fishing. She, and her sister Yvonne, would often find solace at local rivers and ponds hoping for that big catch. She also loved shopping and without a doubt Home Shopping Network and the UPS man will greatly miss her. She had strong interest in the political process and could often be found keeping up with current affairs. Her church family at Central United Methodist Church was very dear to her.
Glenda leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Audra Foree of Durham; her father Eddie Joyner; sister, Sadra Yvonne Joyner Payne; nephew, James Payne; niece and sister, Tenika Joyner; aunt, Ruby Davis Crump, all of Thomasville, NC; Special cousins, Darryl Burton, Donnie Burton and Melvin Burton, Jr., Tyrone Crump, Gerard Tony Crump, Tanya Crump Henderson; Special cousins and friends Carolyn Wall-Tillman and Frank Gill; great nephew Ny'Shaun Payne; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Glenda will be remembered for her kind demeanor and infectious laugh. She was as sweet as a Georgia peach, hardworking, intelligent and honest to a fault. You never had to wonder where you stood with her; for she would tell you without blinking an eye and through her actions. The world is a better for having had her walk among its masses.