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Celebrating the life of.......Eddie Joyner



Sunrise: July 23, 1920 Sunset: January 17, 2022

Public Visitation: Sunday, January 23, 2022

1-6 pm

S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services

110 Highland Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360


Family Visitation: Monday, January 24, 2022

11:30 am

Central U.M.E. Church

115 James Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360


Funeral Service: Monday, January 24, 2022

12:00 Pm

Central U.M.E. Church

115 James Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360




The Journey

“Know that our memories and the hearts of those who knew and loved Eddie will truly keep his spirit alive.”


Life’s Journey for Mr. Eddie Joyner began July 23, 1920 in Chester, South Carolina. He was born to the late Rachel Joyner Bell.


Mr. Joyner was a native of Thomasville, NC where he attended and graduated from Church Street School and also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from A & T State University in Greensboro, NC. His early teaching career began in Albemarle, NC. Mr. Joyner retired from the Thomasville City School System in 1985 where he taught 7th and 8th grade math & science. On December 6, 1942 Eddie united in holy matrimony to the love of his life Connie Lee Davis Joyner. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Connie Joyner, one daughter Glenda Foree, and one granddaughter Constance Payne.


Eddie was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church where he faithfully served with the United Methodist Men, Trustee Committee, Usher Board, and the Finance Committee. Mr. Joyner loved his community, he served on the Student Loan Committee of the Thomasville Community Foundation, board member of Thomasville Community General Hospital, and served as a board member of Thomasville City Schools.


Mr. Joyner proudly served in the 544th Port Company Transportation Corps of the United States Army in World War II. He received the Good Conduct Medal AR600-68, World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars. He was chosen to participate in the first Triad Flight of Honor in 2009.


Family will always cherish memories of Mr. Joyner’s passion of health and wellness, reading, gardening, stories of the “good ole days”, sports, and his vast knowledge and wisdom. He was devoted to and loved his family, and loved seeing them work toward and achieve their dreams. He was the God-fearing and God-loving leader of the family, and was always willing to help anyone in need.


Left to cherish fond memories of Mr. Joyner are two daughters, Yvonne Joyner Payne of Thomasville, NC and Tenika Yvonne Joyner of Thomasville, NC; two grandchildren James Payne of Thomasville, NC and Audra Foree of Durham, NC; two great grandsons Ny’Shaun Diedi Payne of Thomasville, NC and Anthony Flippin of Thomasville; one sister-in-law Ruby Davis Crump of Thomasville, NC; nieces and nephews Tanya Crump Henderson, Gerard Tony Crump, Tyrone Crump, Melvin Burton Jr., Donnie Burton, and Darryl Burton; special cousins, Rachel Lewis, Gertrude Lindsay, and Benny Joyner; and a host of other relatives and friends.








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