William D. Joanis

November 6, 1930May 1, 2013

William Dove Joanis, 82, of Macon passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013. He was the only child of Dr. William Cyril Joanis & Mrs. Marion Maude Smith Joanis. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:oo noon on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Allan McDonald officiating. A Rosary will be said at 6:00 PM Friday at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Joanis’ memory may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o Family Advancement Ministries, 538 Orange St., Macon, GA 31201 or to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204.

Born in Macon, GA., he attended St. Joseph’s School and Lanier High School. Mr. Joanis was an accomplished violinist having started playing at the age of 7. He was in the violin class of Mrs. Helen Gepp McCaren which started with 10 students and late had dwindled by natural attrition to just one student…, Bill Joanis. Mr. Joanis left Lanier High School because there was no opportunity to pursue his instrument there. He graduated from St. Bernard’s High School & College in Cullman, AL. St. Bernard’s is staffed by Benedictine Priest & Monks who live the Monastic life there. A conservatory educated Priest, Father Daniel Harris supervised Mr. Joanis’ continuing study of the violin and under the strict discipline and hearty encouragement of Father Harris and other Priest of the faculty, Mr. Joanis thrived.

After graduation from St. Bernard’s High School, Mr. Joanis attended Mercer University and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Accounting. Mr. Joanis was in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Mercer and at the University of Georgia. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a retired accountant.

Mr. Joanis had a phenomenal memory for identifying and memorizing numerous classical pieces of music all of his life. He played with several symphony orchestras in his career and played in the Second Violin Section of the Macon Symphony Orchestra for 29 years.

Mr. Joanis was a past Governor of the Macon Moose Lodge #1455, and Past Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a past President of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and served as Past Southeastern Regional President.

Mr. Joanis is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susan O. Joanis; his son, William Glenn Joanis; his daughter, Sandra Diane Joanis; step-son, Ronnie C. Heslop (Gabi); grandchildren, Christy Harden Gillam and Emilie Marie Heslop; and two great grandchildren.

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Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.


  • Rosary Service Friday, May 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Robby Strozier

May 8, 2013

Susan, you and your family are in my prayers!


May 7, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. May the love of God and friends carry you through this time of great sorrow. Psalms 9:9

Elaine Everhardt

May 7, 2013

Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you now. I am so sorry for your loss. Your memories will help you along with time.

May 6, 2013

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Belinda Moore Powell

Cliff and Faye Powers

May 5, 2013

Glenn and Cissy,

Please know that you have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Hal Wright

May 5, 2013

Ms. Joanis, Glenn, and Cissy and family, I had the great pleasure of knowing both Glenn and Cissy not only in elementary school, but also as classmates at Jonesco. I am so sorry for the loss. Mr. Joanis helped to raise wonderful children. Prayers for the family

Brenda Butler

May 5, 2013

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. As our circumstances are so similar, please feel free to call me anytime you need someone to talk to.

May 4, 2013

Susan and Family - I was so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful obituary and slide show. I hope all the fond memories will carry you through for many years to come. Thinking of you. Beverly Orr, Gray, Georgia

May 4, 2013

Dear Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your husband. I had no idea until reading the paper at work tonight. I don't know what to say...but wanted you to know I care. Carolyn Gibson

May 4, 2013

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying that you will have the peace of God, the comfort of His spirit,the hope of His promises and the joy in the gift of your memories of Bill now and always.
Mary J. Marshall