Rev. Dr. Edsel F. Joyner


SUMMITVILLE [mdash] Rev. Dr. Edsel F. Joyner, 77, entered into eternal rest from his residence on Monday, June 10, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Edsel was born on Feb. 23, 1941, in Anderson, to Francis "Bud" and Wilma (Miller) Joyner and has lived in the Summitville area all of his lifetime.
He was a graduate of Summitville High School-Class of 1959. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Cambridge University. He retired from General Motors in 1993 after 30 years of employment. "Ed" was called into pastoral ministry in 1974 and served American Baptist churches in Elwood, Summitville and most recently the Orestes Baptist Church for a collective total of 45 years. In addition to preaching and teaching, Ed was gifted with a vocal music ministry as well. Edsel was skilled as a watercolor artist and was a member of the Indiana State Artist Association.
He was an avid woodworker and a skilled metal worker. Many handcrafted gifts of love were created in his home workshop and family and friends alike were recipients of those gifts. Ed also enjoyed restoring old cars and riding motorcycles. We thank our Heavenly Father for allowing our paths to cross with Edsel's and we thank Edsel for giving to the Lord.
Words from Edsel's family; He taught us to work for what you want in life and that no one is entitled to anything. He showed by example how to be confident, tender and compassionate while not having a tolerance for being mistreated or seeing your children mistreated. He had a heartfelt and contagious laugh and had a knack for making everything an adventure. Everyone in Edsel's life had their own room in his heart. He constantly expressed his love and pride to us, traits which knew no bounds. His grandchildren were his world and Edsel made sure everyone knew it. He was indescribably wonderful and is the foundation that our family was built upon. All who were fortunate to experience his love, now know the weight of our loss. Edsel, Ed or Red, whatever you called him taught us to be thankful to God, for the grass on the ground, the birds in the trees, each other and each day that we have been given. As we go on from here we are thankful for all of the things that Dad left us. But more than anything, we now give back to God that which he lovingly shared with us for 78 years.
He is survived by his wife, Judy (Turschman) Joyner, whom he married June 5, 1960; son, the Rev. Mark Edward (Deborah) Joyner of Summitville; daughter, Beth Anne Owens of Anderson; grandchildren, Bryce (Morgan) Joyner, Emily Cathryn Owens and Ashlynne Taylor Owens; great-grandson, Max Edward Joyner; brother, Dennis (Zaiga) Joyner of Summitville; special four-legged family members, "Ozzy" and "Harriett"; several extended family members and his faith family at Orestes Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws, Bruce and Leta Mae Turschman.
At Edsel's request cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Orestes Baptist Church, 23 Broadway, Orestes, with the Revs. Mark Joyner and Don Miller officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Orestes Baptist Church after 3 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Orestes Baptist Church through the funeral home.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Edsel and serve the Joyner family.
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Chrysti winberry
Jun 16, 2019
My favorite memory of him was when he baptized me and helped me through alot! I'm sorry for your loss I truly am God bless!
Dan & Paula Davis
Jun 13, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. He was a very special man and we know will be sadly missed by many. Edsel touched many hearts and numerous way. He married Dannie & I on December 4, 1982 and from there, had a long relationship for many years. He was always there when we needed him no matter what time, morning or night. May God bless your family. RIP Pastor Edsel.
Bea Huckeby
Jun 12, 2019
So sorry was. Great friend and wonderful friend to work with at Delco. God be with you Judy and son and daughter. Miss you Red