Robert Barry Joyner

June 24, 1940 - December 19, 2021

06/24/1940 - 12/19/2021

Past Services

Tuesday December 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Wednesday December 22, 2021
Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Wednesday December 22, 2021
2:00 pm
Open Arms Church
1418 N Carolina 461
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Robert Barry Joyner, age 81, passed away on December 19, 2021 at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, NC.

Mr. Joyner was born In Aulander, NC, on June 24, 1940, the son of the late Lonnie Felix and Kitty Conner Joyner. Robert loved driving anything from his lawn mower to his semi-trucks and provided for his family by driving trucks for over 62 years, teaching each of his sons his trade and love for trucking. Robert enjoyed tinkering with just about anything and cooking on the grill, but his biggest joy was spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a loving man with many friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Patricia Evelina Umphlett Joyner, three sons, Robert “Bobby” Darrell Joyner, and wife, Deanna of Ahoskie, NC, Douglas Barry Joyner and wife, Jackie of Ahoskie, NC, and Donnie Allen Joyner and fiancé Cathy of Harrellsville, NC, and her children, Jack Newbrough and Hannah Newbrough and boyfriend, Jason Ray of Trap, NC; a daughter, Elizabeth Nicole Joyner of Ahoskie, NC; grandchildren Bobby (Daisy) Joyner of Harrellsville, NC, Michael Joyner of Ahoskie, NC, Jason (Carolina) Conner of Largo, FL, Nicholas Joyner of Windsor, NC, Eli Campbell of Ahoskie, NC, Kanan Campbell of Ahoskie, NC; Kimberly (Gary) Outlaw of Millennium, NC, Brittiney (Matt) Pavlus of MI, Tessa Joyner (David – Fiancé) of Colerain, NC, Samantha Joyner (Dylan – Fiancé’) of Creswell, NC; Cameron Owens and Summer Owens of Lewiston, NC, and Kamari Campbell and Broklynn Campbell of Ahoskie, NC; great grandchildren, Andrew Joyner and Hannah Joyner of Ahoskie, NC, Trey Joyner of Millennium, NC, Bryce Pavlus of MN, Tiffiney Pavlus of MI, Ariel Cairl of Xenia, OH, Natalie Cairl of Houston, TX, Nathan Cairl of Austin, TX, and Chanler Davenport of Creswell, NC.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at 2:00 pm at the Open Arms Church, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Joe Lassiter and Rev. Raleigh Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery.

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

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summer owens
1 year ago

love you papa and miss thx you for being there when a need you

Lisa, BJ, and Ahmere Richardson
2 years ago

Mr. Joyner,
To be made aware of your passing, truly hurt our hearts. From the first day we met, and moved next door you all instantly became family. Always so kind, sweet, welcoming, and loving. You will truly be missed, and forever in our hearts. We were neighbors for about 5yrs and we have so many memories. You were a great man Mr. Joyner and you inspired us in so many ways. You never allowed anything to slow you down or get the best of you. May you take your rest now, in the arms of the Lord. We love you! You will never be forgotten ❤

Lynn Liverman
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Mike Joyner
2 years ago

I’ve been trying to find the strength to write something up here and even now as I type my vision is blurred from the tears pouring out of me. My memories of Papa I could write a book about but my fondest is when he was with me in Cincinnati after I got burnt. Me and Papa would just run around the hospital looking at all the pretty nurses and even girls up there who were my age he’d be like here’s my grandson and try to set me up with them. He was the best wingman a guy could ask for in such a dark time in my life. Papa use to always tell the stories of our time together at the hospital. Even when his memory was starting to fade away he’d tell the story of us flying on the plane and going to Cincinnati for my checkups. He’d tell the story and immediately forget and tell it again and again and I’d just listen like it was the first time he told it. I’m not sure how to feel right now. I’m angry all his memories were stolen from him these last couple of months he was alive. I’m angry he forgot all about me and would look at me like he had no clue who I am. Everyone says just think about he’s not suffering anymore and I’m trying so hard to. We were looking at pictures tonight and I found 1 of me and him at the hospital and I just started balling my eyes out. I was sitting in a wheelchair with a blank look on my face because I wasn’t happy when I was photographed in the condition I was in and Papa was sitting there with me with his hand on my knee and a smile on his face like he could see the future and knew I’d pull through this all. I’m glad before his memories were ripped away from him he got to see me walking so much better than I ever have since the fire. Everyone says he’s in a better place and I listen to it and know it’s true but in my heart a better place is down the road and only a phone call away if he’s hit the input button on the controller by accident and can’t figure out how to get it back on his shows he was watching. I’d rush on over to fix it and he’d talk to me about how good I’m doing, how far I’ve come and tell about our time in Cincinnati. He’d say it was 1 of the best times he’s had and how he wish we could go back 1 day and show them all how great I was doing. We never got to make that trip and I wish we had because it could have been another adventure with him I could carry with me always with my many others. I feel selfish for even wishing he was still here with all our memories still intact. They had his wake tonight and before came home I rode up to that house where him and my grandma lived for so many years and just sat there and couldn’t stop crying as much as I wanted the tears to run out so I could drive home and I stared at the door wishing he would walk out and ask for my help with his TV 1 more time where he remembered me and he remembered all those memories we made together. But he didn’t come out and I just stared at an old empty house where my Papa once lived at, got myself together, dried the tears from my face, and went home. I know he’s in a better place in heaven, all his memories were brought back, he gets to be with his parents again, and I’m sure when he was telling them all about the amazing life he lived. He told the adventures we had going to Cincinnati and how much fun we had. Goodbye Papa I love you so much and I will truly miss you. I hope as you watch over me, I continue to improve day by day, and you remember that picture we took with that smile on your face, and you go I knew it would get better for old Mikey.

Dianne Green
2 years ago

Mr. Bobby Joyner! What a hero you was in my eyes! I had tried for so many years to get Lavon in Church! We met you in 1999. And it didn’t take long at all for you to get him in Church! I have So Many Memories of July 4ths and other cook outs we did, Birthdays. Any reason to cook and eat we did it! I’m sure gonna miss you! But You are up there with Jesus now! And you are 100% whole now! I sure am trying my best to be ready and I will get to see you again soon!!! I bet you even have your baby up there too! Taffy! Rest in Paradise Mr Bobby!