Phillip Joiner, Little Rock Construction Manager, Shot to Death

by Arkansas Business staff  on Monday, Aug. 19, 2002 12:00 am  

Phillip Joiner, a project manager for Dave Grundfest Co. of Little Rock and a 1998 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree, was shot and killed Saturday in his southwest Little Rock home. He was 39.

Kim Sharp, 19, of 25 Westchester Court in Little Rock, the nanny of Phillip and Lisa Joiner's 3-year-old daughter, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting.

According to the police report, Phillip Joiner went to his estranged wife's home at 18611 Mallard Cove at 9 a.m. to pick up his daughter for a scheduled visit. Phillip Joiner filed for divorce in March 2001 and had been living with his mother, Vivian Joiner-Ball, 60, on Crystal Valley Road in Little Rock.

Lisa Joiner told police that Phillip Joiner yelled something, possibly her name, while she was upstairs getting the daughter ready to go. Lisa Joiner said she went downstairs, at which time Phillip Joiner hit her.

Lisa Joiner told police she ran to an upstairs room, locked the door and held her daughter. Meanwhile, Sharp used a 9 mm handgun to shoot Phillip Joiner several times in the torso, the report said.

Police arrived and found Sharp lying outside the front door of the home in the fetal position "crying, hysterical and in shock." She told police, "I can't believe I shot him. He wouldn't leave."

Prominent in Community

Lisa Joiner, a 2001 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree, is director of business development for Electronic Data Services Corp. of Little Rock. She has been active in the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Greater Little Rock program.

Lisa Joiner also worked with Habitat for Humanity, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the American Heart Association and the Committee for the Future.

Phillip Joiner was named vice president and general manager of Conark, which makes pre-engineered steel buildings, in 1995. The American Institute of Contractors named him Arkansas Contractor of the Year in 1992 and 1998. The AIC named him National Constructor of the Year in 1993. In April, Phillip Joiner left Conark and became a project manager at Dave Grundfest Co. in May.

Phillip Joiner was also a member of the Downtown Little Rock Rotary Club.

In 1998, the couple started a business, Ace Entertainment, which provided casino-style parties.

In May 2000, Phillip Joiner was featured in an Arkansas Business story about spearfishing and scuba diving, a hobby he took up in 1986.



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