Joseph Joyner

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Joseph L. Joyner
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Joseph Lee “Buddy” Joyner, 75, died July 25, 2009, after a long illness.
He was born in Cheriton, June 24, 1934 to Arthur R. and Annie Mae Joyner. Joseph grew up in Camptown and attended the public schools of Franklin.
In 1957, he joined the US Army. After entering the military, he spent much of his life away from his hometown of Franklin.
However, he often inquired about his friends and a big old tree that stood in front of the house he grew up in.
The tree fascinated him because it appeared so big and strong.
Although the old home place and Buddy are gone, the tree still stands on Pocahontas Ave., over the river, in Camptown.
Mr. Joyner served two terms in Vietnam as a medic and received two purple hearts for his valor. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he retired from the military and continued to make Texas his home away from home.
After his death, he was laid to rest with full military honors in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister; Mary Baxter, and a daughter; Shelia Booker Joyner.
Survivors include three sisters; Verta M. Jackson and Geraldine J. Keller of Franklin, and Stella L. Scott (Tim) of Baltimore, Md.; four children; Kenneth Joyner, Annette Sherrie Booker Joyner, Monica Joyner Barnes and Tanya Joyner Goodloe of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A funeral service was held July 31 in San Antonio at the Fort Sam Houston Chapel with Meadowlawn Crematory and American Mortuary in attendance.