Godfrey Lawton Joyner, Sr. of Franklinville on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Age 81. Husband of 57 years to the late Joetta Jane (nee Smith) Joyner. Father of Joetta (late Troy) Stark, Robin Albrecht, Godfrey (Lisa) Joyner, Jr., Susan (Kevin) Davis, and Beth (Mike) Harbs. Grandfather of Kimmy, Brandon, Amanda (Joey), Godfrey III, Tanner, Ryan, Billy, Joey, Shauna, Bobby, Hannah, Heidi, Hunter, and the late Tammy (Don). Great-grandfather of Madison, Hayden, Troy, Kasey, Carly, and Cole. Brother of Brenda Ashton, Miriam Pagnam, and Steve (Gloria) Rumpf. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Frederick H. Mitchell and the late Zillah V. (nee Beaney) Rumpf.
Godfrey was born in and a lifelong resident of Franklinville. He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War, serving overseas in Korea in a Tank Recovery Unit. He worked as a glass cutter for Kimble Glass, did construction with Godfrey Joyner Carpentry, worked in security at the Salem Nuclear Plant, and lastly was the Maintenance Supervisor for 20 years with the State of New Jersey at Parvin State Park until his retirement in 1997. Post-retirement, Godfrey was a bus driver for the Franklin Seniors, the Franklin Township Schools, Delsea Regional High School, and for Bright Promises Preschool. He was a volunteer with the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company, a volunteer with the Franklin Township Ambulance Corps, a member of the NJ State Forest Fire Service, a member of the F&AM Masonic Lodge #197 in Pitman, a member of the Franklinville Senior Citizens, and a member of the Franklinville United Methodist Church. In his spare time, Godfrey enjoyed woodworking and tending to his flower gardens. His children remember him as a family guy who always made time to spend with them including fishing and going on picnics.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Franklinville United Methodist Church, 1525 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ 08322. Funeral service at 12:30 PM at the church. Interment Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Franklinville UMC Elevator Fund. Arrangements under the direction of the BARCLAY FUNERAL HOME. Sign the guest book and send condolences at BarclayFuneralHome.net.