01/03/06 — Douglas Joyner: Exemplary life in and out of uniform

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Douglas Joyner: Exemplary life in and out of uniform

Commander Douglas Joyner folded his earthly wings for the final time five days before Christmas. He was accorded full military honors at his graveside two days later.

For many years, William Douglas Joyner probably was best known to the public for his long service with the Wayne County school system as a teacher and director of audiovisual education.

He also was widely known and respected for his work and leadership in his church. That same leadership was shown in his Civitan and Ruritan Club and in the Reserve Officers Association.

Joyner served during World War II as a U.S. Navy pilot and flight instructor. He remained an active member of the Navy Reserves until his retirement as a commander.

The U.S. Navy and its reserve component never had a more dedicated officer — or one who wore the uniform — and his pilot’s wings — and carried out his duties with a greater degree of pride.

In and out of uniform, he projected the image ofa born leader and role model. And always it wassurrounded by an aura of genuine warmth andfriendship.

Respect and admiration for Commander Joyner’s service to his country, community, church and his dedication to family will continue to live on long after the fading of the echoes of the guns that fired that well-deserved final salute at his graveside at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery two days before Christmas.

Published in Editorials on January 3, 2006 10:28 AM