Alonzo O’Hara Joyner, 62, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at his home in Rockingham.
Public viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Nelson Funeral Home of Rockingham, with pastor, Benjamin Sutton delivering the eulogy.
The wake will follow Friday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Joyner was born on November 9, 1949, to the late Alonza and Laura Joyner in Kinston, N.C. Being raised in Kinston, he graduated from Adkin High School, Class of 1968, and was a member of St. James AME Zion Church with his family until he relocated to Detroit, Michigan in 1978. Joyner became a member of Liberty Temple Church in Detroit.
Joyner had a working mentality which led to a long work history including work in the food industry where he worked as a Food Administrator at Fayettville State University, Clinston Community College, and St. Andrews College before becoming an insurance Agent for Monumental Life, Liberty Life, and later Jefferson Pilot.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alonzo ‘Buster” Joyner; brothers, William Arthur Monroe, Arthur “Butch” Williams, and George “Frankie” Joyner; and mother, Laura “Mama Liz” Joyner.
Joyner is survived by a wife of 30 years, Dena Joyner; three sons, Frankie Anderson of Kinston, Sam Joyner (Terry Ann) of Greensboro, and Joseph Joyner (Ashley) of Hamlet; two daughters, Shakiya “Pumpkin” Anderson of Atlanta, Ga., and Nu’Cola Joyner of Salisbury; three brothers, Norwood Joyner (Barbara) of Fayetteville, Michael Joyner (Sheila) of Mason, Ohio, and David Joyner of Lithonia, Ga.; one sister, Monica Leonard of Lithonia, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.