Charles "Speed" Joiner, Jr. (1921 - 2015) Goose Decoy Chestertown, MDCharles Joiner, Jr. was born on July 19, 1921, in Betterton, MD, the son of the late Charles W. Joiner, Sr. and Lena Luike Joiner. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Navy Seabees, and was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. Joiner returned to Kent County, MD, and worked for Chestertown Electric (now Delmarva Power) as a lineman and later as a manager. He passed away on March 13, 2015 at age 93.
Joiner was a renowned decoy carver who began carving as a teen, working out of a small workshop behind the home of a grandparent. Later he came under the tutelage of R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), a highly regarded regional carver. In the late 1940s Joiner became acquainted with Steve (1895-1976) and Lem (1896-1984) Ward, with whom he became friends. Joiner would later observe that his style of carving and painting included a combination of Mitchell’s and the Ward Brothers’ styles.This early Goose Decoy was hunted over for years, and had a damaged head which was replaced by Mr. Joiner in 1981, great decoy with it’s history written right on it!