Henry C. Joiner, 88, of Valdosta and Nashville, died on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Fellowship Home in Nashville, GA. Born on October 15, 1928 in Valdosta, he was the son of the late Maude Lorene Cox and John Gordon Joiner. Mr. Joiner was a retired Funeral Director and Embalmer.
He attended Valdosta High School and played trumpet in the Marching Cat Band. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he began his career in funeral service with the McGowan Funeral Home. He graduated from John A. Gupton Mortuary College in 1957 and continued working with McGowan's for 15 years. In 1968 Mr. Joiner went to work for the Carson McLane Funeral Home where he served the community through funeral service for 30 years before retiring in the late 1990's. After retirement, he and his beloved wife, Viva Southall Joiner, enjoyed traveling to see friends and relatives in Highlands, NC where he worked hard to deplete the trout population. They relocated to Nashville, GA where their daughter Pam and husband Bob lived. Mr. Joiner continued his love for helping families as he had since 1952 with occasionally helping at Lovein Funeral Home. He was blessed to make his home the last seven years at Fellowship Home in Valdosta and Nashville. He was loved and cared for by the staff and considered them his family. Henry was a devoted family man who loved serving the Lord. He enjoyed music, and fishing was a favorite pastime, especially with his grandchildren who called him PaPa.
Survivors are his daughters and sons in law, Sandy and Phillip Coppage of Hiawassee, Pam and Bob Ellis of Nashville; son and daughter in law, Rick and Monica Joiner of Atlanta; grandchildren, Kirk (Mendy) Darby of Navarre, FL, Michelle Powers of Atlanta, Jason (Ashly) Coppage of Highlands, NC, Everett (Kathryn) Wright of Franklin, NC, Ericka Joiner of Atlanta, Cullen Joiner of Atlanta; great grandchildren, Zack Darby, Karsyn Darby of Navarre, FL, Cydni Coppage, Peyton Coppage of Highlands, NC, Harrison Powers, Garrett Powers of Atlanta, Aria Wright and Atticus Wright of Franklin, NC; a brother and sister in law, Buford and Miriam Joiner of Atlanta; numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Joiner was preceded in death by his wife, Viva Southall Joiner, a brother, John Gordon Joiner, Jr., and a sister, Helen Thomas.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Reverend Lynn J. Lane, niece, and Reverend Bob Ellis will officiate. Entombment will follow at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Clyattville United Methodist Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church or to a charity of choice. Condolences may be made online at www.mclanecares.com.
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