Since the 1920’s, Joyner’s Funeral Home has been serving families. We are proud to remain a family owned and independent funeral home with a professional staff available 24 hours a day. In 1920, Jesse James Amerson and his partners began the Wilson Furniture Store, located in the 100 block of Goldsboro Street. This business also served the citizens of Wilson in the direction of funerals. At that time, most funerals were conducted in the home and burial followed in a family cemetery. The main need for the families was a place to purchase the casket and someone to help direct the funeral service. Mr. Amerson eventually bought his partners out and joined W. Boswell and A.E. Bishop to form the Amerson-Boswell Furniture Company.The business was located at the corner of Tarboro and Barnes Streets.

The company flourished until 1933 when Mr. Amerson was killed in a car accident. His daughter and son-in-law, Catherine Amerson Joyner and Joseph Clinton Joyner, purchased the business from the remaining heirs and partners. They moved the business to 107 Pine Street and soon after changed the name to Joyner’s Funeral Home. In 1949 Joseph. I. (Joe) Joyner began working with his father. In 1965 he became president and his wife, Annie Thorne Joyner, became secretary-treasurer. On August 1, 1966, the Joyner’s opened the doors to their new facility at 726 Tarboro Street, currently Hamilton Funeral Home. In 1995, Joseph I. (Dell) Joyner Jr. became president. On July 15, 1997, Joyner’s moved into it’s new location at 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway. The new facility allows Joyner’s and its staff to focus on the most important thing for their families and business partners, service!



Joseph Iredell “Dell” Joyner Jr.

Dell is the owner of Joyner’s Funeral Home. He worked along side his father and grandfather since he could walk. He is married to Michelle and they have a son Jake. He is active in the community through his leadership and volunteer positions with Rotary Club of Greater Wilson, Wilson Elks Lodge, Wilson County Duck’s Unlimited and the Arts Council. He is also in the Wilson Serotma Club, a Shriner, a Mason, a Loyal Order of the Moose, an Eagle Scout and a little league coach. He enjoys hunting, fishing and boating.

 lynn    Lynwood Earl Tucker” has worked at Joyner’s for 13 years as a Funeral Director. He and his wife Grace have 3 children; daughter Kristie Bailey and sons Lenny and Blake. They also have 2 grandchildren Kate and Jacob. Lyn is a past Exalted Ruler of the Wilson Elks. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and is a committee member for the Wounded Warriors. He is also a member of the American Legion Post 13. Lyn served with the United States Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran. He enjoys the beach and is an avid ACC fan. Lyn and Grace are members of Farmington Heights Church in Wilson. 

Robert Willis Hardy

Robert is a Funeral Director and has been at Joyner’s for 30 years. He is married to Carol and they have a daughter, Ashley. He is an Eagle Scout and has been active in scouting for more than 44 years and in his church.



Carla Smith

Carla is a Licensed Funeral Service Apprentice and has worked for Joyner’s for 9 1/2 years. She has 2 children, Megan and Cody. She enjoys camping, fishing and going to the beach and the mountains.



H. M. “Mickey” Grizzard, III

Mickey is a Pre-Need Counselor and a Funeral Director and has been at Joyner’s for 8 years. He and his wife Diana have a son Mike and his spouse Kim, a daughter Terri Batchelor and 2 grandsons Ben and Nick. Mickey is active in the Wilson Breakfast Optimist Club, Wolfpack Club, Elks Lodge, Kenly Mason Lodge and his church. He enjoys playing golf and is Co-Founder of Mulligans Fore Kids, a charity that raises money for special needs children in the community. He is a member of Winstead United Methodist Church. He is an avid N.C. State fan and enjoys collecting sports memorabilia.


Beth Anna Liles

Beth is an Office Specialist and has worked at Joyner’s for 4 years. She is married to Denny and they have 3 children Nick, Will and Ben. She enjoys crafts and reading.



Toby Allen Keller

Toby is a part-time funeral assistant and has worked here for 5 years. He enjoys spending time with his daughter.



Nick Brown

Nick is a part-time assistant and has worked here for 15 years.


Donald Ray Jones

Donald is a funeral assistant and has worked here for 6 years. He is married to Pam and they have a 2 children, Donna and Roger. He is active in his church and enjoys watching his grandchildren run track and play basketball.



Willy Figueroa

Willy is a full time assistant and has worked at Joyner’s for 5 years. He is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish fluently. He enjoys fitness related activities, cars and spending time with his family and friends.