Joyce Hair Dalton, 85, the wife of the late Dr. John N. Dalton, passed away on February 7, 2023
surrounded by her family.
She was born in Barnwell County on January 23, 1938 to the late Benjamin Franklin Hair and Meta Laird Hair Zissett.
She graduated from Blackville High School in 1956 and married the love of her life, John Dalton, on June
28, 1959. They were happily married for 59 years until his death. She was a member of First Baptist
Church Bamberg, a longtime member of the church choir, a member of the Robert Black Sunday School
class, and a member of the Bamberg First Baptist Prayer Chain. She enjoyed playing bridge, spending
time with friends at Rusty and Paula’s restaurant, and spending time with her family – especially her
grandchildren. She was a true Southern lady with a sweet and gentle soul.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sharon (Tom) Cornforth of Bamberg, Susan (John) Hiers of
Bamberg, grandchildren Dalton (Carly) Cornforth of Beaufort, Michaela (Player) Long of Lexington, Lan
Hiers of Lexington, and Colby Hiers of Clemson. She was expecting a great-grandchild William Dalton
Long in April. She is also survived by a brother, Frank (Joann) Hair of Blackville. She was predeceased by
two brothers, Albert Hair and Herman Hair.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 11 at Bamberg First Baptist Church, 11823
Heritage Highway with Rev. Brad Hudson, Rev. Charlie Lucas, Dr. Charlie Barnard, and Rev. Robbie Sox
officiating with burial to follow at Bamberg County Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, February 10, 2023 at Bamberg First
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to Bamberg First Baptist Church, PO Box 355 Bamberg, SC 29003.