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Mother Ethel Mae (Moye) Joyner

May 10, 1929 ~ September 26, 2018 (age 89)
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"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."

Proverb 31:29-30

We, the staff and management of Charles Edwards Funeral Home & Cremations, mourn with the Moye-Joyner family in the death of Mother Ethel Mae Moye-Joyner, age 89, of Walstonburg, NC, who transitioned Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center.

Mother Ethel Mae Moye Joyner was born in the community of Greene County on May 10, 1929 to the late Roosevelt Moye and Minnie Ruth Moye. On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, she
transitioned from her earthly body to her Heavenly home, in the company of her most loved ones, her family.

As a young girl, Ethel received her formal education in the Greene County school system.

On June 5, 1954, Mae married the late Lewis David Joyner and out of this union came their blessings of ten children. Outside of the home, Mae worked as an agricultural laborer for many years; she was characterized as a faithful and hard worker, always providing for her family. One of Mae’s greatest attributes was her cooking. She loved cooking and feeding; everyone who visited her home, left with a great conversation and a great meal. She was well known for her “Chicken and Pastry.” She also had a love for singing and her favorite song was “Down Through the Years.” Everything Mae did was out of love. She was truly a woman of God with a heart for people.

She joined Little Creek Free Will Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of the late Bishop W. L. Phillips and when she truly understood salvation, she wholeheartedly accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Mother Mae was a member of the Senior choir and later consecrated as a mother under the leadership of Pastor Clifton Haynes. She remained a faithful member until her health declined.

Mother Ethel Mae Joyner was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis David Joyner, her parents, Roosevelt Moye and Minnie Ruth Moye; four brothers, one sister and one grandson.

Mother Ethel Mae Joyner leaves to cherish her memories: four daughters, Cynthia Joyner of the home, Dorothy Moye and Chinelle Aytch of Walstonburg, NC and Debra Harris (Danny) of Sharpsburg, NC; six sons, Ernest Moye of Washington DC, Carlester Joyner (Mamie) of Grifton, NC, Willie Joyner (Judy) of Snow Hill, NC, David Joyner of Walstonburg, NC, Pastor Louis Joyner (Ethleen) of Saratoga, NC, Michael Joyner of Macclesfield, NC, one stepson, Kelly Evans; one sister, Celestine Smith (George) of Hamden, Connecticut; one brother, Roosevelt Moye Jr. (Mary) of Walstonburg, NC; two sisters-in-law, Naomi Foster Moye of Bronx, NY and Janice Moye of Ayden, NC; six step-sisters, Alberta Allen, Minister Annie Bowden, Doris Maye of Ayden, NC, Joanne Peterson (Oneal), Frances Mitchell (Vannie) of Ft. Barnwell, NC, and Sarah Bell Sim (Isaac) of Snow Hill, NC; three step-brothers, Bishop Aaron McCarter (Carol) of Vanceboro, NC; Robert McCarter (Tootsie) of New Bern, NC; Curtis McCarter of Rocky Mount, NC; 27 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; her personal driver back and forth to church, Mr. Ed Morgan; a special cousin, Lorrine Washington; two special friends, Doris “Jean” Harris and Emma Barrett, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Condolences may be faxed to 252-746-0990 or emailed to cefuneralhome@yahoo.com

Please keep the Moye-Joyner family in your thoughts and prayers during these days of bereavement!

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