Vernon J. Joiner
September 12, 1927 – October 26, 2019
Vernon Jarrell Joiner was born September 28, 1927, in Center Valley, Arkansas, to Fred and Esther Marie (Jones) Joiner. Vernon was the oldest of ﬁve and only son. He attended Greenwood schools until he joined the Navy at the age of 17. He served in the Paciﬁc during WW 2 aboard the USS Sabine. After his military career, he attended Barber College in St Louis, MO and married Ramona Johnson on New Years Eve, 1955.
Vernon along with his partner, Manford Barnard, operated the Sportsman's Barber Shop at 17th and Rogers Ave. from 1958 until he retired in 2007. His passion was bluegrass music and customers could often get to listen and play along at the barber shop.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Myra Ward, Maxine Deboer and Norma Heydenreich. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ramona; daughter, Lisa Joiner; and son, John "Pete" Joiner and wife Karen. He is also survived by granddaughter, Jayme and Cody Copher and their children, Natalie, Avery and Lily; grandson, Travis and Amy Joiner and their children, Madelyn and Mason and grandson, Michael Joiner and his daughter Caroline. He is also survived by his sister, Mavis Kennedy of La Palma, CA; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the Pavilion at Liberty Cemetery with burial to follow at Liberty Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.
The family will greet friends from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 10201 West Markham, Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72205.
- Ramona Joiner, Wife of 64 years
- Lisa Joiner, Daughter
- John "Pete" Joiner and wife Karen, Son
- Fred and Esther Marie (Jones) Joiner, Parents (deceased)
- Jayme and Cody Copher and their children, Natalie, Avery and Lily, Granddaughter
- Travis and Amy Joiner and their children, Madelyn and Mason, Grandson
- Michael Joiner and his daughter Caroline, Grandson
- Myra Ward, Sister (deceased)
- Maxine Deboer, Sister (deceased)
- Norma Heydenreich, Sister (deceased)
- Mavis Kennedy, Sister
- Vernon is also survived by his many cousins, nieces and nephews.
10201 West Markham Suite 100 , Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
- Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
Vernon J. Joiner
October 31, 2019
No one on earth could have better neighbors than Vernon and Ramona Joiner. We have been neighbors for 42 years. I remember the day we moved into the neighborhood, Vernon and my husband,Bill, hit it off right away. There wasn't anything that Vernon or Bill wouldn't do for each other or each other's family, plus all families in the neighborhood. Vernon gave our son, Robert, his first haircut. We watched Lisa and Pete become adults and after Pete married here came those precious grandchildren that Vernon and Ramona are so proud of. Vernon always kept us up-to-date on sporting events, weather, and any-and-all current events. Vernon was always concerned if anyone in the neighborhood became sick. He was always ready to help in any way he could. His smile and laugh was infectious. We were so sorry when Vernon became sick and watching him suffer. But now he is in the presence of God and his body and mind made whole. What a blessing. Condolences to all of Vernon's family and friends. May each one have the added strength to get through this sad time. God Bless each of you.
October 31, 2019
As a child I have such happy memories of Uncle Vernon. He was such a happy and fun loving person. I’m sure he has already reconnected with family and friends in Heaven.
October 30, 2019
I have wonderful memories of Uncle Vernon. The many times we came back to Fort Smith to visit and the many times he and Aunt Mona brought Pudd & Pete to visit us in Tulsa. I loved his laugh . Yes he did make me feel special and loved too.
October 30, 2019
I enjoyed Vernon watching our softball games (he always gave us his opinion of how we played....especially Pudd)!). His friendly & joking personality brought much laughter and made others feel welcome and comfortable. My thoughts, love and prayers are with Lisa (Pudd), Mona and family!
October 29, 2019
I was lucky enough to have Vernon as an uncle. Even though we moved away from Ft. Smith. Visiting Vernon at the barber shop was one of the first stops we made when we came home. He had that twinkle in his eye as he joked and teased.He was cheerful, made everyone he met feel like you were an old friend, and treated everyone the same.
When my son was 18 months we brought him to Vernon for his first haircut. He started to cry and Vernon pulled out a sucker. I told Vernon he didn't eat suckers yet, and Vernon replied, "he is today"! Vernon is one of the best memories of my childhood. Thank you Uncle Vernon for making me feel special. I love you❤️