Joyce Lawhon | Obituary | The Press and Standard

by | August 31, 2017 11:30 am


Care of Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home

WALTERBORO: Mrs. Joyce Dantzler Kinard Lawhon lost her battle with cancer Tuesday afternoon, August 29th at the Pruitt Health Care Center in Walterboro. The family helped her celebrate her 82nd birthday Saturday.

Mrs. Lawhon was born August 26, 1935 in Charleston to the late Crendall Monroe and Frances Bell Mizzell Dantzler. She was married twice, first to the late Emory Kinard and secondly to Vance Theron Lawhon. Joyce has been a member of Peniel United Methodist Church for many years and held many positions in the church, including church pianist. She was very active in the Walterboro Elks Auxiliary and was a part of many committees. She was the First Lady for the State Elks the year Theron was State President. She worked in the public school system as an aide and in the kitchen. Joyce ran a large daycare in Columbia and for many years kept children in her home. Many children got their start in Colleton County coming to see Miss Joyce, often called “Aunt Joyce”. She was a graduate of Hendersonville High School, class of 1953.

Surviving besides her husband of 43 years, are a daughter, Pamela Joyce Garnsey; two sons, Emory McCoy Kinard (Suzanne) of Aiken and Crendall Kinard (Kathy) of Beech Island; two brothers, C. M. Dantzler (Cindy) of Hardeeville, Sammy Dantzler (Beverly) of Walterboro; two sisters, Linda Walker of Walterboro and Jeannie Sineath (Don) of Columbia. There are six grandchildren, Brittany Vincent (James) of Aiken, Jamie Garnsey (Jill) of Walterboro, Dr. Brian Kinard (Allison) of Atlanta, Ga., C. J. Kinard of Summerville, Karly and Camden Kinard of Beach Island and four great-grands, Ansley, Emily, Caitlyn and Michael. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Dot Polk and Mary Barnes and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday in the chapel of Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home with burial following in the Peniel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elks Alzheimers Committee or to Peniel United Methodist Church.

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