Our Story

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.