Bob Joyner

Published 11:19 am Monday, August 17, 2015

FRANKLIN — John Robert “Bob” Joyner of Franklin, Virginia, passed away suddenly on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

Bob Joyner

Bob Joyner

The only son of John Henry Joyner and Margaret Ellis Williams Griffis, Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, F.M. “Mooky” Griffis; his wife of 55 years, Oma Lee Parker Joyner; and his daughter, Margaret Ann Joyner Cunningham.

He is survived by his daughter, Kay Ellen Joyner Drumheller (Mark) of Franklin; his son, John Robert “Bobby” Joyner Jr. (Ginny) of Midlothian, Virginia; son-in-law, Kevin Dale Cunningham of Forest, Virginia; and three grandchildren, Michael Cunningham, Parker Joyner and Harrison Drumheller.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, and a 1955 graduate of Smithfield High School, Bob treasured the friends that he made during his 48 years in Franklin. He was a member of Franklin Baptist Church, the Hunterdale Ruritans and a retiree of Union Camp Corporation.

“Granddaddy Bob” never met a stranger, whether it was on the golf course, fishing pier or softball field. He will be remembered for his generosity, good-humored personality, words of wisdom, but most of all for his love of family. Throughout his life, Bob was a devoted son, loyal and romantic husband, nurturing father, doting grandfather, faithful Christian and good friend.

The funeral will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m., in Franklin Baptist Church, Franklin. The family will receive visitors in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

Interment will be at Poplar Spring Cemetery after the reception.

Memorial donations may be made to Franklin Baptist Church.