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Florida Specialties founder Jim Joiner dies at 73

Jim Joiner, founder and former president of Florida Specialties, died unexpectedly on the evening of Thursday, May 16. He was 73.18154433248 81db822749 z

A successful farmer in Homestead, FL, Mr. Joiner grew his business into a notable produce company that was incorporated in 1986 and named Florida Specialties.  Along with the support of his wife, Susan, and several growers and friends, Florida Specialties grew into a premier supplier of fresh vegetables to retail chains and foodservice companies across the country and in Canada.

Mr. Joiner was well-respected within the agricultural community and served as the president of the Dade County Farm Bureau from 1988 to 1990.

Even after having achieved such great success in business, Mr. Joiner would consider his most notable achievements in life to be his family. He adored his wife, Susan, and frequently danced with her at inopportune moments to the delight of their children and grandchildren. To him, family was everything, and he would often pledge, “No Joiner Left Behind!”

Upon retirement, Mr. Joiner could be found grouper fishing in Marco Island, on a baseball field, cheering on his grandson, fixing things in the yard, or telling off-color jokes by the pool with this family. He was a strong, hard-working man who would never quit. If you were lucky enough to earn his respect and his love, you could never lose it, and it continues even now that he is gone.

Mr. Joiner is the son of Doris Joiner and James Joiner of Homestead, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan; children, Julie Christian and Steve Joiner; sister, Judy Santucci; and six grandchildren, whom he adored.

After Mr. Joiner graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA, he returned to Homestead, FL, to be with his family, at which point he met and married his wife. He and Susan spent their honeymoon in Key West and returned home with one penny to their names.

Early in their marriage, Mr. Joiner served in the National Guard, going away for basic training and sending numerous love letters and photos to his sweetheart for their children to later find and giggle about.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Joiner on June 2 at 4 p.m. at North Naples Baptist Church, 1811 Oakes Blvd., Naples, FL, 34119. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent to the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States.