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Ferris Kimball Joyner, Jr.

Ferris Kimball Joyner, Jr.
  • November 2, 1949 - November 25, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • The Joyner Endowed Scholarship Fund Wofford College
    429 North Church St.
    Spartanburg, SC 29303

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“Let the light fill you with hope. Love never dies and our souls are eternal, you will reunite in a different form one day. For now, know that he is...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: George Gonzalez - Chicago, IL

“I am sorry for your loss. I pray God comforts the family during this difficult time. May the many cherished and loving memories of Ferris comfort...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Lisa - SC

“Kim Joyner was a great person whom it was my pleasure to know both at Wofford College in the late 60s and later at his Brother Larry's football...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Tommy Lytle - Tryon, NC - Friend

“I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly." ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I am a voice from long ago. I met Kim in 1970 at Wofford and chose him as my Big Brother in our fraternity because of his warmth, intellect, clarity,...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Scott Wietecha

“Derek, Larry and Entire Extended Family of Kim, We are saddened immensely by Kim's passing. He was a man of intellect, energy, street wisdom and good...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Billy and Sarah Gunn - SC

“To the family:May you find peace from the God of all comfort and gain strength to cope from that peace of God that surpasses all understanding. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Linda, Larry and family, I am sorry to hear about Kim. His obituary was a beautiful tribute to an accomplished man. Thelma and Ferris welcomed him...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jason Coggins - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Dearest DD and Kim's family, Please accept our deepest sympathy and all our love and heartfelt condolence for your big loss. We will always treaure...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Frank-Arild Normanseth - Friend

“Dear Derek!I'm so sorry to hear about Kim's death and your huge loss. I'm thinking of you and hope that you will have people around you when all the...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Randi Grayston Stavanger, Norway

“dear Derek and kim's family, all our love and heartfelt condolence for your loss. we will remember Kim as a remarkable and exquisite human being,...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: cristiana schiavolin - hong kong

“I will never forget you telling me how I brought coffee to you two in bed at Onnie's house when I was little. I love you so much. I'll bring you...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Liz Cannon - Denver, CO - Family

“Derek and allof Kim's family I send my deepest condolences. Kim's good heart,sharp humor, sound values and unflappable stance gave all in his...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Tara KIMBRELL Cole - Singapore

“Derek, Linda and Larry I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and all the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love to...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Billie Sue Brown - Irmo, SC

“Dearest Kim,I never got to spend much time with you, and I so wish I could have. You always reminded me of a big ole bear, your warm hugs, your...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Hanna Riggs - Oklahoma City, OK

“I share the heavy heart that all who knew and loved Kim have at this very sad time. His legacy of kindness, fun, quick wit & caring will live on. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Judi Glaubig - Galveston, TX


Ferris Kimball Joyner, Jr. (Kim), husband of Derek C. Riggs, was born in Columbia, SC, on November 2, 1949, to Thelma Joyner and Ferris K. Joyner, Sr. He passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017, in Charleston after a well-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Kim excelled through the public school system in Columbia and Wofford College in Spartanburg. Because of his intellect, reasoning, and steady demeanor he was consistently chosen to lead various school activities, student governments, the Wofford chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and numerous other associations. After graduating from Wofford, Kim served in the S.C. Air National Guard, and then enrolled in the U.S.C. School of Law. Kim practiced law in Colorado before joining Sun Oil, and then Mobil Oil (later ExxonMobil), in Texas.

As an attorney in the oil industry, Kim quickly rose through the ranks and traveled the world and resided in Dallas, Washington, D.C., Rochester, Houston, and abroad in Norway, Qatar, and Singapore; he made life-long friends in each locale. But even as he jetted around the world, Kim always returned to South Carolina to be with family and friends. When retirement was approaching, Kim and Derek bought a second home on Edisto Beach. Once he retired from ExxonMobil, they built a home in Charleston and another at Lake Summit, N.C., where floating in the lake with cold beverages and hotly contested Cornhole games was the order of the day.

While they married each other in New York in 2014, Derek has been by Kim's side through the last 34 years of travel (for both business and pleasure), sharing adventures and a love for a long line of perfect pet dogs; Buckey and Houston currently rule the roost.

In addition to Derek, Kim is survived by his sister, Linda Ayers (Avery) of Columbia, and brother, Larry Joyner (Leslie) of Spartanburg; a "sister-cousin," Jeanette Ross of Columbia; and his nieces and nephews Liz Cannon (Cameron) of Denver, CO, Susanne Kramer (Chris) of Lawrence, KS, Lauren Vicars (Wes) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Will Joyner (Ridgley) of Wayne, PA, Alex Joyner (Robyn) of Mt. Pleasant, Tiffany Cribb (Marty) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Amy Kohler (John) of Columbia, and Ashley Roy (Andy) of Charleston. His caring spirit, generosity, dry sense of humor, insightful mind, and unerring moral compass will be terribly missed by all who knew him.

A service of remembrance and celebration of Kim's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC. The family will receive friends at the Chapel beginning at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Joyner Endowed Scholarship Fund, Wofford College, 429 North Church St., Spartanburg, SC, 29303, or a charity of one's choice.