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Charles Cox Joyner

July 22, 1940 April 28, 2019
Charles Cox Joyner
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Charles Cox Joyner passed away April 28, 2019. He was a beloved husband to Gwen and brother to 7 siblings. He was father to 4 children and grandfather to 7 grandchildren. He was also an uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Charlie was born July 22nd, 1940 to parents Rufus Allan Joyner and Leafy May Hartley Joyner in Rosehill, North Carolina.
He spent his early years in North Carolina and when he was just 16 years old, he traveled to Midwest City, Oklahoma to visit sister Mary and never left. He fell in love with the city and asked if he could finish school at Midwest City High School. He became a Bomber and graduated in 1958.
In 1966 Charlie was proud to become a member of the Midwest City Fire Department where he served for 22 years. He loved being a firefighter and retired as Fire Chief.
In 1976 Charlie started working part time for Tony Caesar’s Flowers in Midwest City. There he met his wife Gwen. They married a year later and in December of last year celebrated their 42nd Anniversary.

After retiring from the fire department Charlie began his successful career in politics. He served
on the City Council as the representative for Ward 4 from 2000-2006. He was elected twice and served as vice mayor.

In 2006, Charlie was honored to be elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 95. He served 10 years before retiring in 2016.
In the last three years Charlie courageously battled Parkinson's Disease until it finally claimed his life on April 28, 2019.
Charlie loved OU Football, country music and laughing with his family and friends. One of his favorite pastimes included spending time with what he referred to as “the kids” Tony Bassett, Travis Bassett, Michael Zurmehly and Lauren Zurmehly.
Serving as a Fire Fighter was one of the greatest honors of his life and continuing to serve the people of Midwest City as an elected official was also very important to him. In his last few months of life he and Gwen moved to Edmond to be near family members, but he left his heart in Midwest City, his cherished hometown.
He is preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Survivors include his wife Gwen, brother Gene Joyner and brother Donald Joyner and children Charles, Tamara, Lilli and Ranell.


Joyner’s service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Life.Church
in Midwest City 6809 E. Reno.


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Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130

Barnes Friederich Funeral Home
1820 S. Douglas Blvd. Midwest City 73130 OK
United States

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8:00 AM 5/1/2019 8:00:00 AM - 8:00 PM 5/1/2019 8:00:00 PM
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home

1820 S. Douglas Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73130

Barnes Friederich Funeral Home
1820 S. Douglas Blvd. Midwest City 73130 OK
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

2

May

2:00 PM 5/2/2019 2:00:00 PM
Life Church

6809 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73110

Life Church
6809 East Reno Midwest City 73110 OK
United States

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Arlington Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

3400 N Midwest Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73141

3400 N Midwest Blvd. Midwest City 73141 OK
United States
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