The News & Observer
Gary K. Joyner, 59, of Raleigh died of a sudden illness August 8, 2016. Gary grew up on a small tobacco farm in the Sandy Cross Community near Nashville NC. He was elected VP of State FFA upon graduation from Southern Nash High School. Upon graduation from law school, Gary moved to Raleigh NC and began his career with Bailey & Dixon, LLP.
He was one of the founding members of the Raleigh office of Petree, Stockton and Robinson, currently Kilpatrick Townsend. Upon his death he was managing partner of the Raleigh office. Gary was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law in 2016 and the nine years immediately preceding. Gary received the Business Leader of the Year Award from Business Leader for large law firms in 2011. Gary truly enjoyed people, business and seeing opportunities increase for his community.
Gary will be remembered for his love of God, family, friends all things UNC. He grew up as a member of Sandy Cross United Methodist Church singing in a gospel quartet and continued singing in the quartet as recently as May 2016. Upon his arrival to Wake County, Gary became a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, where he has remained a member there for over 25 years. He leaves behind daughters Rachel Elizabeth Joyner and Laura Allison Joyner and special friend Jackie Stocks, siblings: Sandra Manning, Phyllis Cecchini, Morris Joyner, Thomas Joyner and Angela Holley along with numerous nieces and nephews. We will be eternally grateful and appreciate the entire staff’s compassion and willingness to care for Gary and his family.
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The Mordecai House, built in 1785, is a registered historical landmark and museum in Raleigh, North Carolina that is the centerpiece of Mordecai Historic Park, adjacent to the Historic Oakwood neighborhood. In addition to the house, the Park includes the birthplace of President Andrew Johnson, the Ellen Mordecai Garden, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, Allen Kitchen and St. Mark’s Chapel, a popular site for weddings. The house was named after Moses Mordecai, whose first wife, Margaret Lane, had inherited it from her father Henry. In 1824, Mordecai hired William Nichols, State Architect at the time, to enlarge the house.
With the addition of the four new rooms in 1826, the Mordecai house was transformed into a Greek Revival mansion. The Mordecai family, descended from immigrant grandfather Moses Mordecai of Bonn, Germany, became one of the original three hundred Jewish families in the United States and one of the few of Ashkenazic Jewish descent. With his first wife Margaret, Moses Mordecai had two sons, Henry and Jacob, and one daughter, Ellen. Henry Mordecai became a prosperous planter at Mordecai House and was elected to the State Legislature. His daughter Margaret Mordecai married and inherited the mansion; her descendants owned and occupied Mordecai House until 1967.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Mordecai family sold off land, which was subdivided for the continuing expansion of Raleigh. Mordecai descendants owned the mansion property until 1967, when the house and its surrounding block were put on the market. Mordecai House was featured in a season two episode of Ghost Hunters in which the TAPS team investigated claims of paranormal activity.