Remembering Howard Joyner

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Historically Speaking |

Remembering Howard Joyner

Howard E. Joyner, 85, of Lafayette passed away Monday, October 27, 2014.

He was born February 20, 1929 in New Castle to the late William H. ‘Chic’ Joyner and Beatrice Carpenter Joyner. Howard graduated from New Castle High School in 1947 and attended Purdue University. After college he joined his father and brother in the family construction business W.H.Joyner & Sons.

In February 1957 Howard married Arbutice ‘Bootie’ Todd. Bootie passed away April 6, 1996. Howard married Barbara Blair in May 27, 2000. She passed away October 15 of this year. Howard also was preceded in death by his parents and brother John ‘Jack’ Joyner.

Howard JoynerHoward enjoyed playing golf and restoring antique automobiles. He was an active member of the Lafayette Indiana Historic Auto Club, Inc., Veteran Motor Car Club of America (Snappers Region), Horseless Carriage Club of America(Brass and Gas Region), and a number of other car clubs. Howard participated in antique car tours around the country with various car clubs. Howard also was a member of the Masonic Temple, Elks Club, and Christ United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his daughter Jenny Joyner Washburn and husband Alan of Kentland and his son William H. Joyner and wife Trish of Denver, Colorado, and three sisters-in-law, Jackie Joyner and Betty Cashner of New Castle, and Vianna Snider of Lafayette. Howard is also survived by three step-children, Sandra L. Johnson and her husband Brian of Lafayette, James M. Blair and his wife Mary of Crossville, Tennessee, and Theresa M. Marcum and her husband Charles of Morristown, Indiana, along with six step-grandchildren, 14 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Family visitation will be 4 pm Friday, October 31 at Hippensteel Funeral Home, 822 N. 9th St. Lafayette IN 47904. The family will welcome friends from 5-8 pm at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 7 pm. Howard’s funeral will be 2 pm, Saturday, November 1 at Hippensteel Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. TJ Jenney officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Historical Society Maxwell Building Addition Fund, 606 South 14th St., New Castle IN 47362 or on-line at

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