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Mays Frederick Joyner

January 11, 1936 November 27, 2017
Mays Frederick Joyner
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Mays Frederick Joyner, 81, of Fayetteville passed away on November 27, 2017. He was born on January 11, 1936 in Madison County, TN to the late Mamie and Guy Joyner. He graduated from North Side High School in Jackson, TN in 1954. Mays attended University of Tennessee at Martinsville, TN. Mays was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and Leader of Bible Ministry for Men.

In October of 1955, Mays joined the United States Air Force. During his assignment at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, GA in 1958, he was assigned to a small communication site at Louisville, GA, where he met and married his wife, Joyce Poole Joyner (best thing that ever happened to him). Between the years of 1956-1969, Mays had tours of duty in Korea (where he developed his love of basketball and was on the championship basketball team for the Far East), Okinawa, Pakistan and Germany, as well as stateside bases. During these tours, Mays became an Instructor in Maintenance Management for electronics and radio, which was the basics of his military career. In 1964, Mays was assigned to Kessler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS and went into training for becoming an Electronic Instructor. He continued as an Instructor in Pforzheim, Germany. One of the best parts of this tour was that his son was born. After serving three years in Germany, Mays was assigned back to Kessler Air Force Base.

In 1969, Mays was asked to join the White House Communications Agency in Washington, D.C., which is comprised of Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force personnel. Mays was in charge and responsible for Small Units FM Radio Section, Electronics Branching Defense Communications Administration Unit, White House Communication Agency. During his tenure at the Agency, Mays served under three Presidents, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

One of the many highlights of Mays’ career at White House Communications Agency was in 1972, during the Presidency Richard Nixon (the first President of the U.S. to make a trip to China). Mays was among the hand-chosen associates to accompany the President on this trip. The man chosen for this trip had to be of high caliber, excellent work record and have the ability to work in adverse situations. Mays’ assignment was in Shanghai, China.

Mays has been to Iran, Austria, Romania, Poland, USSR, Jerusalem, Northern Tehran, West Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Mideast. Mays also accompanied Mrs. Nixon on her trip to Africa and accompanied Henry Kissinger to the Sinaid Desert when he was negotiating peace talks and had to travel in highly volitale areas.

Mays accompanied President Nixon to the dedication of the new Grand Ole Opry auditorium when it was moved from downtown to Opryland Park in Nashville, TN and talked with Minnie Pearl.

Mays has received many military service awards, some of which are Award of the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Presidential Service Badge and Certificate, Service to the President Award, Award of The Meritorious Service Medal which is the highest of awards that can be given to an individual in the military. Mays retired from the Air Force, after 20 years of service.
To know Mays is to know sports, particularly Tennessee football and basketball. He attended Tennessee football games for almost 25 years. He participated on “base teams” in basketball, baseball and slow pitch baseball, many of which were in championship playoffs.

Mays was as honest as the day is long and straight forward about his opinions and beliefs. You may not have agreed with him, but you always knew where you stood with him. He was full of mischief and more than a generous heart towards his family.

Mays was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Danny and Guy Joyner. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Joyner; his daughter, Phyllis Pitts (Lewis) of Senoia; his son, Michael Joyner (Michelle) of Marietta; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother, Ray Joyner (Judy) of Jackson; his sister-in-law, Jamie Joyner, widow of Danny Joyner; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church, Fayetteville, with Pastor Randy Wood and Pastor Richard Everett officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery, 10 Shaw Road, Jackson, TN 38301.

In lieu of flower, the family lovingly requests donations to Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund, 1077 Georgia Highway 314, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

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5:00 PM 11/29/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/29/2017 7:00:00 PM
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Fayetteville

180 N Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Fayetteville
180 N Jeff Davis Drive Fayetteville 30214 GA
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 11/30/2017 11:00:00 AM
Liberty Baptist Church

1077 Highway 314
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Liberty Baptist Church
1077 Highway 314 Fayetteville 30214 GA
United States

Cemetery Details


Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

10 Shaw Road
Jackson, Tennessee 38301

10 Shaw Road Jackson 38301 Tennessee
United States

Memorial Contribution

Liberty Baptist Church

1077 Highway 314
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Building Fund

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