Lucille Ann Whitley “LuAnn” Joyner

June 25, 1958 - April 7, 2023

06/25/1958 - 04/07/2023

Past Services

Friday April 14, 2023
11:00 am
First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
312 Main Street West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Lucille Ann Whitley Joyner, age 64, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Friday, April 7, 2023.

Mrs. Joyner was born on June 25, 1958, in Murfreesboro, NC, and is the daughter of the late Harry Walton Whitley and the late Lucille Woodard Whitley.

LuAnn attended Ridgecroft High School and graduated in 1976.  She went on to attend Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.  During her time at Meredith, LuAnn was introduced to Wingate Gordon Joyner, Jr., the two were married in 1983 and enjoyed 39 years together.

LuAnn was a 23-year breast cancer survivor and was a force in fundraising and efforts to find a cure.  She was passionate about her work with Hertford-Bertie Relay for Life.  Beyond her fundraising efforts, LuAnn was known for offering words of encouragement and an empathetic ear to those around her fighting their own battle with cancer.

LuAnn has been a longstanding member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie and enjoyed time volunteering in the nursery over the years.  In addition to time in the church, LuAnn was an active member, and treasurer of the Ahoskie Garden Club.

In addition to her husband, Don Joyner, LuAnn is survived by her son, Wingate Gordon Joyner, III of Charlotte, NC; her daughter, Elizabeth Lucille Whitley Joyner (Eric) Gorzeman of Asheville, NC; and her brother, Randolph Woodard (Cheryl) Whitley of Kernersville, NC.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, with Dr. Paul R. Gilliam, III and Rev. Anita Thompson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the American Cancer Society, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC, 27834; or you may donate online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie is handling arrangements for the Joyner family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting

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Drew Ralston
11 months ago

Don, I was very sad to hear of LuAnn’s passing from Sate. I have often thought of you folks over the years and had hoped to get together at another Wake game. All the Joyners will forever hold a special place in my heart. God Bless, Drew

Mary Lee Bailey
1 year ago

Don, I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your wife. May you and your family find comfort in your memories and the support of your family and friends.

Alice Williams
1 year ago

I have so many fond memories of LuAnn and her brothers ,Harry and Randy, and Uncle Pete, Aunt Lucille. I will miss our conversations and her laugh. God bless Don and their children.
Love you Cuz.

Bart Riddick
1 year ago

Don, EJ, and Winn
I was so saddened to hear that LuAnn passed away. LuAnn was always such a beautiful and sweet person. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for each of you. Lean on His promises in the days to come.
Love, the Riddicks

Kenneth Collie
1 year ago

Dear Mr Joyner and Family, I first met Ms Lulu over email when she was wanting me to interview for a position at the Wound Care Center. I could tell from the very first correspondence’s we had how nice and caring of a person she was. Then after I got the pleasure of being hired and working with on a daily basis. I realized how special she truly was. She had been an answer to my prayers. Every day I always looked forward to seeing her smile and how positive and kind she always was, no matter what was going on she always made time to share an encouraging word and to help in any way she could. She would often tell me Kenny Rome wasn’t built in a day, so as to remind me that I can take my time in working on the tasks that she assigned me to complete. She was the best director I have ever worked with. She made sure we all knew how appreciative she was of everything we were doing for the patients and to make sure the clinic ran smoothly, and she trusted us to do our jobs. She had faith in us and believed in me even at times when I was unsure of myself. She was also supportive of me with both my career aspirations and things I was doing off duty. She also made sure to check on me when I was under the weather. Mr Joyner I don’t know how to really express how much she meant to me. I truly enjoyed every day I got to work alongside her as a colleague and as someone who I had the highest regard for. She will be deeply missed, and her office will not seem the same without her. You and your family will be continually in my thoughts and prayers.

Marie Cooke
1 year ago

Don & family—was so very sorry to learn from Lisa Turner about Luann’s sudden death. She was a sweet, wonderful lady who was such a support to others who had experienced cancer. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
God will give you strength during these difficult days.
Marie Cooke (wife of James Cooke)

Rita Bryant Harrison
1 year ago

May God Bless the hearts of LuAnns loved ones. Always look to the heavens for there is where you will see her smiling and watching over you. Love and Prayers.

Elaine Sumner Beckman
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss my heart and prayers are with all of you

Pam Carr
1 year ago

To the Joyner and Whitley Families,
Our most sincere condolences to each of you. LuAnn was one of the most selfless ladies I Know. Through her courageous battle with cancer she never missed the opportunity to encourage others who were fighting as well. She was a lady of such grace and charm always. Her work her is done her earthly journey complete. Heaven rejoices as this wonderful lady arrived home. We are all so blessed that we were privileged to call her friend. Until we meet again.
Pam and Miles Carr

Jack Powell
1 year ago

LuAnn always was always a breath of fresh air each time she stopped at the warehouse! One of my favorite people! Sorry for your loss Don, hang in there!