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1932 Joseph 2023

Joseph Gray Spangler Riner

December 25, 1932 — October 12, 2023


Joseph Gray Spangler Riner, a devoted family man and dedicated worker, peacefully passed away on October 12, 2023, at Bristol Health & Rehab. Born on December 25, 1932, in Wikel Union, WV to the late Christopher Thomas Riner and Anna Rebecca Canterberry Riner. Joseph's life was filled with love, kindness, and an unwavering faith.

Joseph's career spanned over three decades at Clark-Schwebel, where he excelled as the head machine operator. With a strong work ethic and a passion for precision, he dedicated himself to his craft and made significant contributions to the company. His commitment and expertise were highly regarded by his colleagues.

Outside of his professional life, Joseph found solace and tranquility in various hobbies. He had a deep appreciation for nature and thoroughly enjoyed spending time outdoors. Fishing was one of his greatest passions; casting his line into the water brought him immense joy and allowed him to connect with the serenity of the natural world. In addition to fishing, Joseph delighted in observing wildlife, particularly deer and wild turkeys. The beauty of these creatures captivated him and provided moments of reflection and awe.

When he wasn't immersed in nature, Joseph found fulfillment in another set of hobbies. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball, you could often find him in his recliner cheering for his team. Joseph took great pride in his vegetable garden; the hours spent gardening were rewarded with delicious produce that he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. He was an avid collector of arrowheads and took pleasure in exploring different locations to find these fascinating artifacts from the past. His collection was a testament to his curiosity about history and his appreciation for ancient cultures. Additionally, Joseph loved working with timber and honed his skills as a timber cutter over the years. It was a physically demanding job that required precision and attention to detail.

However, Joseph's true pride and source of happiness lay within his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Effie Josephine Broyles Riner, one son, Steven Riner (Elizabeth), four daughters, Cathy Johnson (Bill), Rebecca Bradshaw (Patrick), Susie Dillard (Gene), and Tammy Buchanan; two grandchildren, Jeremy Goodin (Misty), Jennifer Minton (Josh), four step-grandchildren; one great-grandson, Carson Goodin; 10 step great-grandchilden; several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by four brothers, five sisters and son-in-law Paul Buchanan.

Joseph's abiding faith guided him throughout his journey in life. He was devoted to the Lord and found solace and strength in His love. His unwavering belief granted him peace and serenity even during difficult times. He was a member of Southview Baptist Church in Statesville NC. The legacy of faith he leaves behind remains an inspiration to all who knew him.

Having served in the United States Army, Joseph demonstrated his dedication to his country. Through his military service, he displayed bravery, honor, and a selfless commitment to defending freedom. His contribution will always be remembered with gratitude.

A visitation to honor Joseph's life will be held at Farris Cremation & Funeral Center – Forest Hills Chapel on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm with Paul Broyles officiating. 

Joseph Gray Spangler Riner's journey may have come to an end, but his spirit lives on through the memories he built with those fortunate enough to have known him. He touched hearts with his love, kindness, and unwavering devotion to his family. May we find solace in the cherished moments we shared with him and may his soul rest in eternal peace.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Getiva Hospice, 245 Holston Rd, Suite A, Wytheville VA 24382.

The family would like to thank the staff of Commonwealth Senior Living Abingdon, Gentiva Hospice and Rehab Center and Memory Care at Bristol for the wonderful care they provided to Joseph.

The family of Joseph Gray Spangler Riner is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, Forest Hills Chapel, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 276-623-2700



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Saturday, November 4, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Farris Cremation & Funeral Center – Forest Hills Chapel

19415 Lee HWY, Abingdon, VA 24210

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 4, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Farris Cremation & Funeral Center – Forest Hills Chapel

19415 Lee HWY, Abingdon, VA 24210

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