Lottie Gladis Joyner “Gladys”

December 15, 1937 - October 6, 2023

12/15/1937 - 10/06/2023

Past Services

Friday October 20, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
Funeral Service
Friday October 20, 2023
3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions

In Loving Memory of Lottie Gladis Joyner “Gladys”


Lottie Gladis Joyner, affectionately known as Gladys, was born on December 15, 1937 in Isle of Wight, Virginia. She peacefully departed this world on October 6, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. She was 85 years old at the time of her passing.


Gladys relocated to Manhattan, New York at the age of three. From 1968-May 2020 she made Cambria Heights, New York her cherished home. Gladys moved to Newport News, Virginia in May 2020 to be with her family.


Gladys led a remarkable life filled with love, compassion, and dedication. Her work experience as an administration/payroll professional at the Federal Aviation Administration showcased her commitment to excellence and her unwavering work ethic. She approached every task with diligence and grace, leaving a lasting impact on those she worked with.


Beyond her professional achievements, Gladys had a wide range of interests that brought her joy and fulfillment. She found solace in the art of bowling, the creativity of sewing and knitting, and the mental stimulation of puzzles. These hobbies allowed her to express her unique talents and connect with others who shared her passions.


Gladys was also deeply committed to serving her community and making a difference in the lives of others. Following the heartbreaking loss of her first-born son, James Hosea Wheeler, she dedicated her time to the NYC Department of the Aging as a foster grandparent. Her nurturing spirit and unconditional love brought comfort and support to countless children in need.


Gladys had her Tribal Card from Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe where she was given the name Sky Bird. Her faith was an integral part of her life, and she was an active member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Passaic, New Jersey. Through her involvement in the QHC Auxiliary, she demonstrated her unwavering commitment to helping others and spreading kindness wherever she went. Furthermore, she served on the Board of Elections for 15 years, a true asset to her community.


Gladys was a proud graduate of George Washington High School, class of 1955. The friendships she formed during her school years remained cherished throughout her lifetime, and she held those memories close to her heart.


Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Zachariah Howell and Lottie Mae Boone Howell, her beloved son James Hosea Wheeler, her sisters Arlene Holloway and Evelyn Watford, her brother James Hosea Howell, and her great-grandbaby Arianna. Although their absence is deeply felt, their spirits will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved them.


Gladys leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. She is survived by her children Jacqueline Dyan Hutchinson, Antoinette Louise Cruz (Robert Beaty), William Lloyd Joyner IV and Evelyn Renee Holloway. Her grandchildren James Wheeler, Kevin Wheeler, Tierra Grant (Lord Michael Grant), Theresa Cruz, Anthony Franklin, and Christopher Hutchinson will forever carry her spirit with them. Additionally, she leaves behind numerous great-grandchildren: Jaylin, Jayden, Esteban, Matthew, Athena, Elijah, Chantelle, Londyn, Lord Michael, Jayden, Jeremiah, Unique, Amerie, Anthony Jr., Avery, Donavin, Tristan, and Kathleen. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


Services to honor and celebrate Gladys’ life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023. A visitation will take place from 1-3pm, followed by a service at 3pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home- Denbigh Chapel, located at 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23608.


Gladys will forever be remembered for her unwavering strength, her infectious smile, and her ability to bring joy to those around her. Her legacy will continue to inspire us all to live with kindness, compassion, and a zest for life. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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Diane Watford
1 month ago

Rest in peace Auntie. Glad we were able to spend time before you moved. Please give my Mom a hug as you unite with your bestie.

sharon prendergast
1 month ago

Jacque I am so sorry for your loss my condolences to you and your family. God has her now don’t worry she’s in good hand now no more pain no more sickness.

Katrina Esin
1 month ago

I have such fond memories of Ms. Gladys. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family. 💛

Gwendolyn Watson
1 month ago

I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one. She was a happy, gentle person. I’m glad to have met her. Thanks Tierra and Antoinette for all you’ve done. Sending hugs, peace & strength. Love you all! ❤️❤️

Kamilah Coppin
1 month ago

My deepest condolences to my oldest and dearest best friend Antoinette Cruz.
I knew her mother, Ms. Joyner as I called her, all my life. She was my neighbor. A very very loving and strong woman. A true New Yorker, that did not take Sh*t. She spoke her mind, and didn’t care if you liked it or not. You always knew how she felt about you. Until this day the attributes she possessed, “described above” are what I hold very dear, as they are so comforting to me. My mother and her had similar qualities. So I always felt very comfortable around her. She said things to people my mom would say only say behind closed doors. I loved that about her. Ms. Joyner had what we now call “Courage and Conviction.” I Love you Gladys Joyner. Rest In Peace 😘

Carmen Carmen Gonzalez
1 month ago

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will hold the memories we shared together so close to my heart. May you rest in peace.

1 month ago

My condolences to the family. I affectionately called Ms. Gladys, “Grandma”. She will be loved and missed dearly.

Anthony Franklin
1 month ago

I miss you Grandma! 😢 I love you