When I was growing up in Muncie, Indiana there were two things you could rely on every day. Max would be next door waiting for a friend to stop in and just talk to him and a nice long bike rides around the neighborhood with a close family friend.
I remember sitting on the back of his red truck while he sat in a lawn chair in his drive way. My little sister would stand behind him with a comb and brush his hair.. she would spike it up and move it from one side to another. He never cared how silly she would make him look.
Max always had a friendly dog that would run up and down the fence line with my dog Puddin. I remember looking out the window and he would be sitting there on his back porch watching them run up and down the fence. He would do one quick wave and I would be over there in seconds.
I don’t remember having much to say, and still to this day I don’t talk often. But some how Max would bring the conversation out of you. Never one to talk much himself, but he would always ask man questions to spark a good conversation, even with a child.
Every Christmas we would receive a gift of chocolates and candy from him. It was something else you could count on. All he asked for in return for his genuine kindness was a good friend in return.
He was a perfect man that wouldn’t hurt anyone. Always knew how to make you feel good.
I feel bad for not seeing him more often since moving out of the state. With every death I feel as if I should have done more, visited him more. I do not know if this is just a natural feeling or if I really just don’t do enough.
Max, you are my hero. I will miss you dearly.
Muncie —Max E. Joyner, 85, passed away Thursday evening, February 3, 2011, at the Golden Living Center.
He was born December 28, 1925, in Summitville, the son of Eva (Brammel) Joyner and Raymond Joyner. Max grew up in Summitville and Gaston and moved to the Muncie area in 1978. He attended school in Summitville. Max worked at Delco-Remy in Anderson for 30 years and retired in 1983. He also worked as a farmer for several years. Max enjoyed eating breakfast at the SunShine Café with friends and riding his bike around Skyway addition. Mr. Joyner was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include four children, Lisa Keeley, (husband-Rick), Muncie; Scott Joyner, Culver; Jane Hudson, (husband-Jim), Anderson and Mike Thomas, Anderson; one step-daughter, Kathleen Marencik, (husband-Thomas), Crown Point; three grandchildren, Ashley Keeley; Alison Keeley and Jennifer Hudson; eight step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three wives, Alice Gervae Joyner; Joan Catherine Joyner and Barbara Rosemary Joyner.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 7, 2011 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel with Rev. Edsel F. Joyner officiating. Burial will follow in Vinson Cemetery at Summitville.
Family and friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday or after 9:00 a.m., Monday.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Indianapolis, IN 46240 or to Cancer Services of East Central Indiana-Little Red Door, 401 W. Jackson St., Muncie, IN 47305.
Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.meeksmortuary.com.