George Alfred Joynes was born on February 1, 1940 in Onancock, Virginia to the late Henry Bryd and Beatrice Joynes. George had one sister, Barbara Joynes, who preceded him in death.
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George moved to Philadelphia in the 1960s and was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. However, George received his early education in Berlin, Maryland. He would often speak of the fond memories he had of living in Berlin. He considered it to be one of the best times of his life. This is where he attended church with his grandmother, Momma Lena. He was a man of strong faith, who prayed regularly and often talked about his trust in God. He usually attended Bedside Church with Joel Olsteen and Charles Stanley.
George was an avid reader. He was particularly interested in biographies, astrology, and the news. He read at least one newspaper a day, his favorite was the New York Daily News. He had no problem sending you on a trek across town to find that newspaper. He would drink his WaWa coffee and read his New York Daily News.
George or “Big George,” as he was affectionately known, always had an entrepreneurial spirit. He always had his own businesses, which included a trucking company, The Southern Inn (bar), and most recently, an auto body and mechanic shop.
He touched many lives and always went out of his way to help others. He was looked up to as a father, uncle, and brother figure by many. He did not mind sharing his opinion and telling you what to do, as he always thought he was right.
In his younger days, George loved to have a good time and party. The party didn’t start until he got there. George loved people and his family. He and his brother-in-law, Boobie, were known for throwing the annual family cookout in the park.
George married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Topping, on February 1, 1963. Mary Ellen was his ride or die. The two of them shared three children, Ivan Rydell Smith, Parrish H. Joynes, and Maryanne Joynes.
He leaves to cherish his memory; his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary; three children, Rydell, PJ, and Maryanne; ten grandchildren, Treketta Harris (Myron, Sr.), Coretta Brown, Je’Cola Smith, Mason Smith, Shannon Joynes, Sean Joynes, Chanel Joynes, Jasmine Joynes, Timothy Robinson, and Timika Jenkins; seven great-grandchildren, Myisha Harris, Myron Harris, Jr., Juan Smalls, Erin Small, Ian Pendergrass, Landen Joynes, and Jaxon Boyd; six sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ivey (Lawrence), Inez Munden, Gladys Topping, Shirley Warner (Ted), Doreatha Lindsey, and Terry Henry; four brothers-in-law, Warner Topping (Charlotte), Robinson Tyler (Debbie), Larry Topping (Debbie), and Perry Topping; two special cousins, Charlotte Topping and Emma Baily, who were raised as his siblings; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.