Carol B. Joynes of Riverhead died Aug. 9, 2018. She was 84 years old.
She was born September 10, 1933 in Riverhead to Fletcher and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Booker, who came to Riverhead as part of the “Great Migration” of Blacks from southern to northern states. Her parents purchased farmland and established the town’s first middle-class African-American community by opening it to other migrants. She was the youngest of eight children and grew up on the family homestead which became a Town of Riverhead landmark in 2008.
She served in the Riverhead Central School District as a school nurse-teacher. She retired in 1995 and began her second career working in many community organizations including East End Retired Teachers’ Association, Order of the Eastern Star, National Council of Negro Women, the Women’s Club of Riverhead, the Eastville Historical Society and the League of Women Voters.
She preserved the Booker family’s historical roots. The Booker family story was told in an exhibit named the “Fletcher and Lizzie Booker: Pioneers in the Great Migration” that ran from July through October 2009 at the Hallockville Museum Farm. She participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the exhibit’s opening.
She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Bright, her siblings Edith Brown, Harriet Johnson, Ruthie Winn, James “Ed” Booker, Vivian Leonard and Raymond Booker.
Visiting hours are Thursday, August 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church of Riverhead. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.