Kevin- Junior Prom photo 2011
Kevin Anthony Joyner
  • 18 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 8, 1993
  • Place of birth:
    New Jersey, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 11, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Count Your Blessings

This memorial website was created in memory of  Kevin Joyner, 18, born on November 8, 1993 and passed away April 11, 2012. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

"Silent is the voice to far away for us to see or speak to but not too far for our thoughts to reach you"

Kevin's mom: I wanted to share what I wrote and read the night of Kevin's aniversary of his passing.  Dave and I along with family and friends and Kevin's friends were at the cemetary and Dave and I both wrote something and shared it.  It was a beautiful turnout and we released over 25 balloons. It was very emotional and I want to thank everyone that came that night and that posted things on FB, it truly touch...ed my heart.
19 years ago on 11/8/93 you were born.  A beautiful baby boy, 6 lbs. 9 oz.  Peach fuzz hair and blue eyes, you instantly stole my heart.  As time passes between newborn and a 1 yrs. old, you had this light fuzzy blonde hair that would stand straight up, that GM Bello used to call Ducky Hair and you had a laugh that was infectious.  As you grew and came into your toddler years, you were always beyond your years.  From riding a bike to insisting that from a certain point forward you refused to wear fitted jeans and to wear sneakers.   You wanted baggy jeans and work boots.  You wanted to take showers and not baths, you wanted to clip you own finger nails, I was truly amazed at your potential.  You carried around the infamous black backpack, with horsey, your Dallas cowboy jersey and I believe a white t-shirt and prob. some other stuff as well.  I could not get near that, I had to wait until you were asleep to get the clothes out and wash them and sneak them back in.  I even have seen you wear a cowboy hat, of course you were young and you also had a favorite country song from the Dixie Chic’s to the Monster Truck song.  You and Dad in GM Krause’s backyard playing catch at 2 ½- 3 yrs. old.  Dad on one side of the yard and you on the other and you would throw that ball and make it every time to Dad’s glove.  And when Dad would throw it back to you, you would catch it.  You would hit the plastic ball with the big red plastic bat and hit right over the neighbors fence every time.  The skill and coordination was amazing and we knew you were going to be a baseball player.  Preschool with Kayli and the graduation ceremony, a memory I will always hold.  We left Point Pleasant and moved to TR.  You started kindergarten half way through the school year but you did great with the transition.   You would go to TR East 1st – 5th, you had awesome school years there, from being on the honor roll to winning art awards.  One bad year, in 4th where you struggled a bit, mostly because you were coming into your own and your interest with your appearance was beginning.  The teacher called me in for a conference to tell me you did not pay attention in class because you were too busy fidgeting with your jeans, or your hair or sneakers and apparently it was a distraction.  You went through phases, with a little awkwardness at first then you found your style, Emien.  Then it was the buzz cut, light blue, velour outfits, south pole, headbands, and yes even a due rag.  Then the next phase was skater, so away went all that and it became the long hair, skinny jeans and logo t-shirts.  Your first skateboard, lots of tricks, which by the way when you told me you nailed a 10 stair, it was really unbelievable that it really was 10 stairs you went flying down.  This style carried for a while.  In the midst of all this you started to play baseball, you had told us at a young age you did not want to hit the ball of off the stick, so we waited until you were 9 to sign you up.  This began a journey that would last until you were in HS.  So much fun, first homeruns, championships, All Stars, Cooperstown, and good people we met and a lot of fun with at the games and parties.  We had to make a sudden move and we moved across the highway, which in fact changed your school you would be going to.  There you made new friends and then in 7th grade you would meet the girl who would be the love of your life.  You dated for almost 4 years.  It was arranged where dad and I would meet the mom, dad could not make it so I went.  Food was great, the thing I remember is you guys cracking up so hard because when it came time to order I could not understand the waitress’s strong accent and I must have had a puzzled look on my face, which made you guys crack up and it def. broke the ice.  Danielle instantly became part of the family as well as you with hers.  HS flew by, baseball, honor roll at times, prom, and then there was  time of struggle and you managed to pull yourself out at the time and do what you had to do to pass certain classes.  Senior year came you only went to 11:00 and then were out.  You talked about senior prom and graduation.  But that all changed, on April 11th 2012 my world changed forever, I received a phone call with the worst tragic news a parent can hear, your son has died.   I had so many feelings going on of disbelief, shock, and intense grief.   The days that followed, was like walking in a bad nightmare, how could this happen, how am I going to get through this.  Our friends, son’s friends, family, and co-workers jumped right in, and took amazing care of us from planning the funeral, the lunch, the candle light vigil and making sure we were taken care of in the weeks that followed.   The love that was shown for my son truly touched my heart that he had an impact on someone whether it was a person who just knew of him or was a close friend.  I truly believe it hit me, twice while going through those few days, the one night of the viewing where I broke down and did not want to leave him there, and at the gravesite where I had to walk by the casket and I remember just such an overwhelming feeling coming over me that if I was not being held up I would have collapsed. Then the planning of the fundraiser started, which was a good thing because it kept me busy and it was to honor you and do good things for the community.  We had an awesome turn out and even though it rained it did not dampen the spirits of anyone.  At the end we released balloons in your honor and it was a very emotional moment, because at that point all the hard work that everyone put into this it was done and it was a huge success.  Months passed and all the firsts come, your birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New years, etc.  You go through these things but all the while I am feeling the emptiness of you not being there to share this with us.  I became friendly with these ladies on a website for Christian mothers who grieve.  It is a place where I can go and just share my feelings at times.  These women are incredible and all have been through this same tragedy.  I posted once on there that the most surreal words to come out of my mouth are “My son has passed away”.  There are those times when you have someone that you do not know ask you about your kids or if you have kids, there is that awkward moment and you really have to think about how you are going to tell them this news. This is something that I will need to live with for the rest of my life and that is ok.  This year has truly been a journey of laughter and tears, laughter with remembering all the great times with you and stories that are shared with us.  Tears because of the pain I feel because I miss you so much.  There are no instructions on how someone deals with this, you have your good days and you have the bad days.  You cry and you laugh.  You have the memories to hang on to but are sad because you will not be making any new ones.  There are so many things that I wanted for you, and your life ended so abruptly and was short lived.  I started to attend church on a regular basis, and yes it was because I needed to in the wake of such a tragedy.  The sermons seemed to speak to me at times and I could relate them with what I was feeling or experiencing going through this time.  I was looking for peace and healing, and I found it.  Found that God gives me the strength to get up each day, and He allows me to cry when I need to and be strong when I have to.  There are times I force myself to put on a strong face and then God does the rest.  I know my Son is in a beautiful peaceful place and is happy and is ok.  It is me who is left here to grieve because I miss him so much, but knowing that helps me get through the days. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by john giglio on 9th November 2016

"So fast to soon a young man who I was so fortunate to have known
Greatly admired by many so much accomplished  in such a short time.
Those who new Kevin all new the great person that he was and is
From base ball player to well loved son to a great freind of many.
On this day I share Your loss with many a tear drop falls on the faces
Of all that loved you and will never forget .
Kevin may you skate the same star and ride the biggest wave
Along with my son Gary .
God speed .
  Johnny G and family"

This tribute was added by cher krause on 8th November 2015

"Kevin, I remember you as the coolest kid, even as a little kid you were cool.  And could easily bring a smile or laugh. Sadly didn't get together as much as would have liked to with you and the family, but know you always, always in my heart! Much love, aunt cheryl"

This tribute was added by David Neafie on 8th November 2015

"Love you buddy, hope you are having a wonderful birthday right now. I can see that great smile. Thinking of you always your friend Dave N."

This tribute was added by dave joyner on 6th June 2015

"Hey Kevin.  We miss u so much buddy there isn't more than 30 minutes that goes by when I don't think of u. I hope u can see us and no what's going on in our lives. I no in my heart we will be with u before u no it and our family will be in tact again. I no you've learned all the ways of heaven by now and u can tell us how it all works and what to do when we get there . Say hi to jesus and my grandma and grandpa and aunt Loraine, Doris, and aunt Lillian I'm sure u guys hang all the time. I love u so much man. Till we meet again"

This tribute was added by john giglio on 12th April 2015

"Kevin I'm sure you found your place
In heaven.
I hope you are skating with my son gary
Who has passed in 07....
God speed."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 10th April 2015

"Love you Kev"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 28th March 2015

"I can't believe it's about to be three years since we said goodbye...Ahh still miss you, still love you.."

This tribute was added by john giglio on 9th November 2014

"Hello Kevin
As You May Not Remember Me
I am a friend of your father from
Musical and magical days.
I like to say as I only met you a few times
That the day your dad introduced us
I said here is a nice young boy  who looks
Like he is gonna break a lot of hearts
When he grows up.
(And I'm sure you did)
As years went by your dad used to say
I can't make band practice today
My son has a baseball game
I believe he said my son is a pitcher
And he is really good
And he would say it so proudly.
(And sure enough you were great )
Kevin as years went by I'm sure you
Went threw a lot of changes
Some good some bad, but that's life
We all go threw it.
You were lucky enough to have strong
Parents,  Family and freinds to lean on
And care for you cheer you up when
Your feeling down.
And sure enough as I read so many
Emotional things that family and freinds
Have written in your memory
I can see as we all new
You Have Touched So Many hearts.
Fly on fly free and in your pass please
Say hello to my son for me.

Johnny G"

This tribute was added by Tom Mullen on 8th November 2014

"Kevin your missed and I'm sure you have lots of Family with you and watching over You ! Rest well !"

This tribute was added by dave joyner on 8th November 2014

"Hey buddy happy 21st birthday I would do anything on gods green earth to have you here to celebrate it with. I miss and love  u more today than I ever have I miss that great big smile , your sense of humor, and everything else about you.we know on your 21 st b-day you would've gone to a bar so after we visit the cemetery mom and i are going out to a bar and having a drink for you and I really hope you are there with us In Spirit. To the best kid in the world I love u man and ill see u soon that I promise before u no it we will be with u in heaven together again as a family.  Luv dad"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 7th November 2014

"Well, I know its a day early, but I am going to say it now, Happy 21st Birthday young man. You are definitely forever missed. Tomorrow, we will celebrate your life and the life of your little baby cousin Hazel. Miss you so much.. Hope Heaven is treating you well."

This tribute was added by Thomas Mullen on 11th April 2014

"I'm sure Aunt Lu is watching over you Kevin !"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 10th April 2014

"I simply cannot believe that it will be two years tomorrow. Some days it feels that long ago, some days it seems like it was yesterday. Hurts..still.. I know the hurt never really goes away.. you just learn to deal with it better. Miss you so very much.. <3"

This tribute was added by deanna gatto on 22nd November 2013

"kev, I deactivated my facebook for a little while so I haven't been able to write you. But then I remembered this site. I didn't miss your birthday either, because i was talking to you, wishing you a happy birthday. Me and michael are going to jersey dec 22-29 for christmas..we seem to have a lot of graves to go to..yours, frankie previti, my grandpa (who died on christmas) and his grandmas.. i'll be leaving you something there, hope you like it. I miss you so much, can't wait to see you again booshka. Rest easy forever xo <3"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 10th June 2013

"I can't believe that tomorrow will be a year and 2 months.. wow, it just amazes me how fast time goes.. never forgotten"

This tribute was added by dave joyner on 23rd May 2013

"hey buddy    i cant believe its been over a year now dude.i miss you more now than i did a year ago ,ill always miss you,you were my life.dont ever forget that i love you more than any father has ever loved a son in the history of the world.your mom and i would do anything to get you back but in the blink of the eye we will be with you in heaven.tell jesus i love him so much ,see u soon kj"

This tribute was added by Lori Joyner on 23rd May 2013

"So we are starting to plan the next fudraiser for you.  I know this will be a huge success. We will have that beautiful headstone that you deserve to have to represent your space.  With a picture so we can see your smiling face each time we visit.  I love you so much it hurts, I see this pictures and floods of memeories come rushing back.  Love you will all my heart, love mom."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 11th April 2013

"A year has passed... it doesn't even seem possible that it has been that long since seeing you..never forgotten. love you."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 14th March 2013

"Your memory, your name is in our hearts.
Our angel is in heaven.
We speak his name, his name is Kevin.
Count your Blessings
Written by:Mandy Van Pelt"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 14th March 2013

"Miss you lots!! As each day passes, it’s never the same.
Memories within us, honoring your name.
Too young to be taken away.
And in heaven you reside.
As an angel, who is now by our side.
Your smile, infectious.
Your laughter too.
Although at times, life seems difficult to “do”
We, our family, your friends.
Will never forget you.
Until the day we meet again.
Your memory, your na"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 11th February 2013

"WOW. I can't even believe its been 10 months, I have said it before and will again, sometimes it just seems like yesterday, but time sure does sometimes feel as if its flying by. A lot of things have changed in the past 10 mos. while a lot has remained the same. Either way, keep flying angel and thanks for keeping us safe <3 Love and miss you."

This tribute was added by Lori Joyner on 23rd January 2013

"Love you so much Kevin, I have so many memories and I hold them each day in my heart.  I miss your one liners, your beautiful smile, your infectious laugh, I miss you calling me "mom" most of all.  My handsome Angel in Heaven, love and miss you with all my heart."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 11th January 2013

"Hey Kiddo. Well today its been 9 mos since we lost you, your beautiful smile and simply just YOU. The more time that goes by..doesn't change are still not here, and you are still missed. I wish I could turn back the hands of time..and have you here again..just to see you grown. I am so curious to know what could have been. LOVE YOU!"

This tribute was added by z z on 19th December 2012

"Hi Kev. I know of another boy from Lacey that passed away yesterday please just teach him the ropes up there in heaven. Along with all of the Connecticut babies & adults. I hope you enjoy your first Christmas in heaven and make sure you watch over your parents and all of your friends. Keep sending your loved ones signs, it means a lot this time of year. Happy New Year angel"

This tribute was added by tom neafie on 10th November 2012

"God bless you both, my prayers continue to pour out to you, for a deeper understanding of God's love and grace he has for us. We don't know the working of his plan for us, but rest assure Kevin is in the presence the most amazing love one could ever experience. All my love tom God bless you"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 7th November 2012

"Happy 1st Birthday in heaven, Kev- and 19th birthday here with us..we will light a candle for you...hope you can see us :) love you and miss you lots"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 7th November 2012

"Just close your eyes and realize
I am celebrating in Heaven above.

And when the sorrow overwhelms you
Just pray and He will help you be strong
And you will find the peace He alone can give
Knowing I’m Home where I belong."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 7th November 2012

"My First Birthday in Heaven

I see the tears you are crying
And the pain that’s in your eyes
But please don’t be sad, I’m still with you
Because love never dies

And though you can’t feel me hold you
Or give you a quick little kiss
The sound of my voice and the touch of my hand
Are the simple things you miss.

So please celebrate my birthday
Filled with memories and love
Just close your"

This tribute was added by Sharon Doria on 7th November 2012

"It’s your birthday up in heaven,
And I’m wondering what you’ll do.
Will there be a celebration
And a cake to honor you?
Are the kitchen angels busy
Breaking eggs and sifting flour?
Is the angel choir practicing
As it gets close to the hour?
Is there ice cream made from snowflakes
And some candy made from clouds?
We won’t be there to hug you
Or to sing happy birthday"

This tribute was added by Sharon Doria on 7th November 2012

"And I’m sure we’ll feel lonely
And shed some birthday tears,
But I know your heavenly birthday
Will be your best one ever!
Just remember, We still love you --
On your birthday, and forever

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 11th October 2012

"Six months today, we lost a beautiful boy..and for the past six months you have been a beautiful angel..I know you have looked after all of us...miss you greatly."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 4th October 2012

"The next few months are going to be harder than the last few...thats only because of OUR family values and all the time we would spend together from now forward...miss you lots...just talked to my mom and we were reminiscing about you...and we always will..wish you were here kid."

This tribute was added by Lori Joyner on 29th September 2012

"You are on my mind today, love you so much beautiful Angel.  Wish you were going to New Hope with us today.  I think you would have liked  it.  Cool little town to walk around in.  You will be with us regardless for we carry you everywhere with us.

Love you"

This tribute was added by 12 34 on 23rd September 2012

"I remember the drive home
When the blind hope
Turned to crying and screaming why
Flowers pile up in the worst way
No one knows what to say
About a beautiful boy who died"

This tribute was added by Sharon Doria on 11th September 2012

"If we could have a lifetime wish
and one dream that could come true
We would pray to God with all our
hearts just to see and speak to you
A thousand words won’t bring you back
We know because we’ve tried
and neither will a million tears
We know because we’ve cried
You’ve left behind our broken hearts
and precious memories too
But we’ve never wanted memories
We only wanted you"

This tribute was added by Lori Joyner on 10th September 2012

"Tomorrow will be 5 months, and it does seem like yesterday.  Time is flying by and it really does not get any easier.  The season is changing and I know that the next couple of months will be tough to face.  I know through God's strength and the support of family and friends they will help us get through this.  I love you so much, and I miss you everyday.  Love mom."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 10th September 2012

"Tomorrow, it will be five months..and sometimes it really seems like it was just yesterday you were here..and sometimes like it was just yesterday you were gone. Either way,always remembered...and always loved <3"

This tribute was added by 12 34 on 5th September 2012

"It is really still surreal. There are so many people that need you in their lives right now. For guidance, reassurance, help, hope, love, a smile. Watching everyone embark on new chapters in their lives is so fantastic but its so sad to think of those that have been left behind. You are the most beautiful angel. Your parents show strength like no other. Thinking of you every day."

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 16th August 2012

"since you can't be with me here.
I know this because when I feel I'm about to
give up and I need you the most, you
speak to my heart.

You visit me in my dreams now and you
always leave a little bit of heaven behind.

I feel you."

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 16th August 2012

"But at the same time, I know you are
watching over me and you know my heart.

I have always regretted the days we didn't
get to spend together, but I will forever
hold dear to my heart the ones we did.

I feel more peace knowing that you don't
know what pain is anymore.
Sometimes, when I look up at the stars,
I catch a glimpse of your smile.

I believe that God let you be my guardian
angel sinc"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 16th August 2012

"You were His child.
And it was your time to go home.
He was taking your pain away and carrying
the weight on His shoulders.

I also realized why God didn't give
me more time to tell you how much
I loved and cared for you.
Because, me and you, we have the same
heart and you already knew.

There is not a day that goes by that I
don't wish I could talk to you. Just to
say I love you and Thanks.

This tribute was added by dave joyner on 16th August 2012

"kev,   i still cant believe your not here i keep thinking youll walk in the house and say hey dad wait what are doing dad but you dont.i cant tell you how much i miss you and luv you because they havent come up with the right word to explain the love i have for you,my awesome son  i cant wait to see you again,just no im so proud of you and we'll see u soon.i luv you buddy   dad"

This tribute was added by Sharon Doria on 10th August 2012

"Tomorrow is the 1st of hopefully many fundraising events in your memory.  Your mom, Mandy and I have worked so hard to make this event something you would be proud of.  There have been so many people that have helped out, made donations, and offered us words of encouragement.  I can tell you every minute we spend organizing and planning tomorrows event was done with love for you. Miss you"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 2nd August 2012

"There is not a single day that goes by that I don't think of you. Or wish that we had a time machine and could go back and change what has surely will be forever missed."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 17th July 2012

"Kev- Never forgotten. Love is all around and it shows. Its been too long, but I did have the "first" opportunity to sit in your room the other day, sicne you have been felt weird and good and the same much life to live kid, just keep watching over us, angel. :) xoxo"

This tribute was added by Kayli Bologna on 16th July 2012

"At random points in my day I'll think of you and I try to hold back tears. It just seems so unreal, and it's so hard to believe that there is never going to be a future memory that you're apart of. All I have is the memories from when we were kids and from the few visits we've had since then. I cherish those. And I've learned to cherish all the people I really care about while I can."

This tribute was added by Lisa Bilotta on 15th July 2012

"Thinking of you today - just trying to keep it real - and be a better person - I've made some new friends to get together with, we like the same things which helps being lonely.  Sure do wish I could be more a part of your mom and dads life and not so few visits like its been lately  - Hearing about what they are doing in honor of you sure shows how you are missed - It sould be a sellout!"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 14th July 2012

"girl you know. your mom is really the strongest though. i remember what you said and i try to make you proud and live up to that. im so sadkevin. i love you so much"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 14th July 2012

"i cant stop crying kevin. i miss you so much it hurts. remember when i convinced u to become a vegetarian with me for a while lol i still cant believe youre gone. i look at the sky every day trying to find you. i wish i was with you sometimes. i dont feel this getting any easier. before you passed you told me even though you come off as so strong, you look up to me as the strongest girl"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 5th July 2012

"Sometimes it feels like years and other days it feels like just yesterday..I do not get the actual idea of what it feels like to grieve, but I know each day is just crazy....when I simply think of how young you breaks my heart... I miss you..and I am sorry I couldnt have been there more, and I know it doesnt change anything, it may never have, but still..sometimes..its hard"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 3rd July 2012

"Was driving home today and Billy said " mommy, you have an angel in your car" I know it was you, and thanks for tagging along :) Miss you...wish you were here to show me your smile and laugh your laugh...cause thats what counts when it all comes down to it...still in my heart, always on my mind"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 1st July 2012

"a wine basket (0ver 21) and much much more! Come show your support for the Joyner family and in Kevin's (Kevin Joyner)honor so we can donate to some great organizations locally...Help us, help others ♥ If you cant make it, please send an email to Its just really important to us, and if it is to you, it will show :)"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 1st July 2012

"If you would like to come, please buy tickets in advance so we can have an accurate count for our hosts (the Elks lodge) Its REALLY IMPORTANT. And you will have your chance to win an amex gift card ($50) just for purchasing your ticket in we have great baskets...and a chance to win a gift certificate for a tattoo from Jersey Tattoo ($250)...a baseball basket, a beach basket, a wine b"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 25th June 2012

"Had a dream about you, you were cool with all the plans that we're making, it was good to see your smile :)"

This tribute was added by Lori Joyner on 19th June 2012

"I know how Kayli feels, my heart is broken.  I know you are ok and you are happy, but us down here miss you so much.  Every time I hear the song by Diamond Rio (that is playing) I just cry.  

Love you so much, mom."

This tribute was added by Kayli Bologna on 17th June 2012

"The other day I was going through my journal from earlier this year Kev, right after you had gone to the hospital, I wrote how heartbroken I'd be if you left us. And it's so true Kev. I am heartbroken. You made such a positive impact on the lives of others. I think about you everyday. You will never be forgotten <3"

This tribute was added by Crystal Kinney on 15th June 2012

"Hi Kevin, I met you for the first time at a friends party and you seemed like a very nice kid. You came up to me and my friends and introduced yourself to us, that was very sweet of someone to do who didn't know us. May you rest in peace and my love and tears goes out to your family and friends.  You will be missed"

This tribute was added by Randy Cabrera on 15th June 2012

".. I said "Where's your shirt?" laughing, and you go , "My shirt? What Shirt?" that plays in my mind over and over, and the picture I had of you laying on the basement carpet on your phone. Those memories will last a lifetime, I miss you man. Keep everybody safe. <3"

This tribute was added by Randy Cabrera on 15th June 2012

"Kevin, Words can't describe how much I miss you man. Since middle school baseball you were the greatest kid in the world, you had a personality and a sense of humor nobody else had. Colton's going away party is when I really last hung out with you and had a conversation with you, other than the high fives in school .. I remember you came in the basement shirtless and"

This tribute was added by Steve Tencer on 15th June 2012

"Hey Kev, I never really hung out with you much but you used to hang with my brother who plays this song every morning in memory of you. I had couple of classes with you and you always seemed to find a way to agrevate miss pirette you were a funny nice kid rest easy kev"

This tribute was added by Bryanna Recanzone on 15th June 2012

    We really only talked in school but you are an amazing person. You always knew how to make someone smile. You had an amazing personality and a huge heart. You are loved by so many people and we all miss you like crazy. Rest Easy Kevin<3"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 15th June 2012

"that we werent anywhere else in the world, but right there. nd you said it was ok that i cried, bc they were happy tears. idk when this is supposed to get easier kevin. i think about you every second of the day. my hearts broken all the time. i cant wait till i see you again kevin,"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 15th June 2012

"a rocket to the moon was our extremley gay-lovey band. we loved all their songs. we laid in the dark in your bed & you sang them all to me, nd i cried bc you are the cutest little baby i have ever seen. when we kissed sometimes id start crying bc i couldnt believe i had the most perfect angel in the world. i was so thankful to have you nd i was so happy that you were next to me and that we werent"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 15th June 2012

"my heart is broken kevin :( i miss you every second of every single day."

This tribute was added by Sharon Doria on 13th June 2012

"Kevin,  today is your graduation day.  I will proudly sitting there not only clapping for Danielle and all her friends, but for you too.  I wish you could be standing there with your friends. I know you will be looking down, giving everyone that big smile of yours.  Mandy has said your friends will get their diplomas tonight and you will get your wings.  I think that says it all."

This tribute was added by Lisa Bilotta on 12th June 2012

"In a state of mind
I am remembering you as the song is that your cousin Mandy has playing on your tribute site awesome song
I havent written because I havent known what to write and I still dont but all I know is I sure am sad you're not here:( and like Mandy says tomorrow you get your wings:)'"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 12th June 2012

"Tomorrow is your graduation day. I will be sitting there with your mom and dad, watching all your friends receive their diplomas...I wish I would be watching you... it hurts every day.. BUT I know you are watching over your mom & dad..and the rest of your family and friends...because regardless of how tragic..tomorrow you get your wings :)"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 11th June 2012

"I miss you every single day! 8/11/12 KAJ fundraiser! Food! Fun! DJ! Prizes! Save the date! Its all for you Kevin! LOVE YOU!"

This tribute was added by deanna gatto on 7th June 2012

"Kevinnnnn<3 I really wish you could have been there for prom...but I know you were looking down on us all anyway. Graduations on wednesday and you should be here w all of us for that too.. But you'll be in our hearts and memories instead. I love you and miss you so much, everyday I think about you. And wish you were here. Rest easy booshkaa.. Xox forever <3"

This tribute was added by Vincent Bonaccorso on 1st June 2012

"Hey kev, I miss you buddy...I cant believe its been almost 2 months.. I wouldnt mind heading to the little league today to beat some random kids with you in some pick up baseball like we use to do...I know you'll be with all you're close friends at prom tonight making them truly enjoy it, its what you want and i know you're smiling down on everyone hoping for a great easy kev"

This tribute was added by dave joyner on 1st June 2012

"kevin, today your suppossed to be going to your seniour prom,and then graduation ,id give anything to have that happen, id take your place in a second if it meant youd be celebrating with your friends an accomplishment you worked so hard to achieve. im so sorry you cant be there i miss you soooo much and will always love you more than anything. ill see you soon  K.A.J   LOVE DAD"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 26th April 2012

"If you would like a bracelet for Kevin's memory you can email and let her know how many you would like to purchase. Thank you :)"

This tribute was added by evan cornell on 26th April 2012

"Where can I buy a bracelet for a memory of kevin?"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 24th April 2012

"Via Danielle Doria : On behalf of my family & the joyner family- we will be selling yellow & black braceletes to help pay for Kevins headstone. They will be a minimum of 3$ each & will read kevins tattoo "Count Your Blessings" & "Kevin A. Joyner" Anyone may contact my mom at to let her know how many you would want so she can keep track for Kevins mom, Lori. My brother & I will b"

This tribute was added by Nancy Kinsley Barbutti on 22nd April 2012

"I only knew you as a baby Kevin!!  I remember seeing you in the hospital when you were born and up till age 4 or so!!!  You were the most beautiful little boy I had ever seen with charachter and charisma!!!  I wondered how your momma kept up with you!!!  I am praying you will keep a watchful eye on your mom and dad from heaven and help them get through this diffucult time somehow!!!   Love"

This tribute was added by dave joyner on 22nd April 2012

"son i miss you so much its killing me ,i love you so much and i was always proud of you every single day. i will never love anyone or thing more than you buddy,your my life and ill see you very soon.give JESUS a big hug for me .you are so loved by so many peaple and as your friends and myself talk about you for hours i see first hand how loyal your friends are to you and i thank GOD"

This tribute was added by deanna gatto on 22nd April 2012

"Kev for some reason I always called you Booshka and I don't know why or how it ever came about. All I know is we've made a lot of memories...and I'll never forget them. You were such a good friend of mine & I'm missing you all day everyday. I know your shining down , smiling, just wish I could see that smile once more, love you angel rest easy. Forever and always xox <3"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 20th April 2012

" bed and smile at your little blonde hair's. i love every single thing about you. & id like to thank your parents for having such an amazingly beautiful baby boy. i lobe your whole family like they were my own. youll be in my heart forever kevin. i love you more than anything <3 xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Danielle Doria on 20th April 2012

"Kevin, ever since we locked eyes in the hallways in 7th grade you have been on my mind. You taught me countless lessons i will keep with me forever. we were eachothers first true loves and there is not a second that goes by that i dont wish i was in your arms. i miss every single thing about you from your bent pinkies to the way your hair would shed all the time and id find strands in"

This tribute was added by Lori Joyner on 19th April 2012

"This past week has been the hardest thing anyone in their lifetime should have to do.  Without each of you we would not have been able to get through the days.  All the love and support is overwhelming and to see how he was so loved and touched lives it was amazing. I always knew we had an amazing kid, and yes he had a beautiful smile.  He is forever in our hearts and we will meet again."

This tribute was added by Dean Greenberg on 15th April 2012

"Damn dude its just so unreal..just last weekend you crashed at ny house and me you John deirdre n shit had one hell of a time. You were a great friend and always knew how to make everyone die laughing. Like at alexss house when we were playing that little game. I miss yu already man stay lookin down on us you're gonna be one hell of a guardian Angel <3 can't wait till the day we meet again"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 14th April 2012

"me" This is what I would like to say at Kevin's funeral..if I have the guts..but in case I dont, its here."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 14th April 2012

"Little did we know that morning that God would
call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone. For part of us went
with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, you are
always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the sa"

This tribute was added by john giglio on 14th April 2012

"I would like to remember Kevin as a inspiring young man as well as a baseball player , I New him threw his dad , who is a great talent in the music industry , It seem like yesterday when I would here about what a great game he had and a certain future in base ball.
Always polite as he would ride up to say hello on his bike"

This tribute was added by Corey Crawford on 14th April 2012

"It has been quite a few years since I saw Kevin but I remember him as a funny kid who had parents who were very proud of him.  I was deeply saddened to hear this news and my deepest sympathies and warmest thoughts and prayers go out to Dave and Lori."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 13th April 2012


This tribute was added by michael Gomes on 13th April 2012

"Kevin. You were more than just a friend to me. I would consider you n your. Parents like family.. I'm so greatfull to have been friends with you for 9 years & have soo many. Wonderful memories of us. From playing in back yard as a kid. To partying. Watching movies at your house. Alllll the nights I slept over or simply speaking on phone like we did other night. See u on otherside.ily r.I.p"

This tribute was added by Thomas Mullen on 13th April 2012

"Kevin,Our prayers  are with you .It was too soon to lose you ! We will forever love You "Rest in Peace" Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Tom"

This tribute was added by Yvette Figueroa on 13th April 2012

"Its going to be so hard seeing an empty desk right next to me on monday morning.! And you sayin "whadddupp" with a head nodd.! you gave everyone so much to remember. You were a great person and had an amazing smile.Wish you were still here with us but..your in a better place now.! Our little angel.R.I.P Kevin<3 love and miss youu."

This tribute was added by samantha malone on 13th April 2012

"For some reason, although we never hung out outside of school in kindergarden & elementary, I can't bring myself to believe you're gone. Everyone always has good things to say about you. This was your year to graduate, to really start your life in the real world. God needed you more, he had a pair of wings & knew you'd fit them perfectly. Rest In Paradise Kevin."

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 12th April 2012

"Funeral Arrangements for Kevin will be held at
Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home
703 Main St
Toms River NJ 08753
Viewings - Sunday 7-9pm, Monday 2-4pm & 7-9pm
Funeral – Tuesday – 10am
Thank you all for the outpouring of love"

This tribute was added by Sarrah Drago on 12th April 2012

"Although it has been many years since i had seen you, i remember you being born into our family. I can't believe this happened. Rest in peace, there are many up there that loved you here too. rip cousin love you"

This tribute was added by Gina Hanson on 12th April 2012

You were taken too soon.  RIP sweet boy.  
To Lori & Dave,
May God Bless You both and your family in this horrible tragedy.  We all send thoughts and prayers your way.  Kevin was always so polite and happy.  He will never be forgotten.   Sincerely, The Hanson Family"

This tribute was added by karen manczak on 12th April 2012

"Although we just recently met, its hard to believe that the handsome, smiling young man sitting at our kitchen table and eating spaghetti will no longer be visiting us. Our memory of you will always be a good one. Spread your angel wings Kevin, your peace will be found in heaven where we will all be united. Our deepest sympathy to your family and friends.    Karen and Donna"

This tribute was added by Amanda Sole on 12th April 2012

"Kevin, i may have not known you as well as eveyone else, but throughout my years at south weve exchaged words. you are loved by so many & you did not derserve this one bit. my condolences are with his friends & especially his family. Rest Easy <3"

This tribute was added by zayla thaxton on 12th April 2012

"Rest in Peace Kevin. An angel on earth has now received his wings in heaven. We will always remember you , like already said once an indian always an indian. Much Love Kevin ! Look over Danielle for us , she needs you now more then ever. *"

This tribute was added by Kaila Clark on 12th April 2012

  We didn't talk, but you were a great kid and you will be missed greatly. rest in peace man."

This tribute was added by Mike DiCecco on 12th April 2012

"Kevin Joyner, your like a brother to me and well always be bestfriends. I will never forget the fun memories and crazy times weve had. ill always remember how many times we laughed together, I can never run out of stories about us. You and your family were always fun to be around. Youll always be in my mind and heart. rest in peace i love you."

This tribute was added by Lea Asraf on 12th April 2012

"Kevin,you will def. be forever missed wont lie i shed a few tears to know such a great person as yourself is gone, you always were so happy always had such a beautiful smile on your face. You taught people what TRUE LOVE & true FRIENDSHIP i know you are watching over all you family friends & loved ones you are one like no other genuine with a spirit that lifted the whole room, rest easy xo"

This tribute was added by Christopher Warkola on 12th April 2012

I cant believe your gone dude. It feels like yesterday that me n u were getting drunk for my bday. That was a great night because u were there. You were a true friend. You knew how to make everyone laugh n smile. Its like a nightmare that you just cant escape knowing that your gone. You were a one of a kind. Ive known you since 6th grade n from tht moment i knew we were gunna be tight."

This tribute was added by tom neafie on 12th April 2012

"Our thoughts & prays our with you and dave in this diffuclty time, he was a wonderful young man. I know he is up with Jesus and family members, to watch over him. He was a shining light that touch our hearts and souls. R.I.P. KEVIN GOD BLESS YOU                              l

                          Love Tom, Helen & Brad"

This tribute was added by ashley turton on 12th April 2012

"Kevin, You were one of a kind. You had a great heart and always a good time! I miss the old days when we had the huge group of us and just did everything together. You'll always have a place in my heart. Shine down on us Kev. Your forever missed <3"

This tribute was added by Aurora Fotusky on 12th April 2012

"I'm gunna miss ya kid...even tho we didn't know each other very well we always took the time out of the day to say hi to each other ... I'm really gunna miss your smiles..There were a lot of those:)you had the brightest one!  Everyone's gunna miss you a lot . Youll be one amazing angel .Rest easy dude<3"

This tribute was added by M Mackie on 12th April 2012


As a freshman you were in my Peer Leadership Group, you were always friendly to everyone although you did not know them. I am sure you do not remember me, but I was sad to hear this news. You will be missed by many, look over and protect your loved one. Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Debbie Aponte on 12th April 2012

"Beautiful Beautiful Boy..... rest in peace... I did not know you - but there is so much love for you.....peace ......"

This tribute was added by Nicole Worth on 12th April 2012

"Hey Kevin, I know we never talked that much. But you were such an amazing person. I`ve known you since the 6th grade, you always had everyone smiling and it sucks that your not here anymore. Rest In Peace. You`ll be missed."

This tribute was added by Christopher Warkola on 12th April 2012

man we all miss you . you were like a brother to me n you know tht. Last all i did was lay awake thinking of all the good times we had. I remember you saying you always had my back n i always had yours. i miss you dude r.i.p kevin see you soon"

This tribute was added by Mandy Van Pelt on 12th April 2012

"I just wanted to set up a special place where people who know Kevin and his family could share their stories of such a wonderful young man. Something that his parents (Lori & Dave) can look back on. This is a very difficult time for our entire family. Love you Kevin! Always and forever"

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