Noble Louis Boykin Sr., age 96, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at his home following a long illness.
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Mr. Boykin was born in Sylvania on Feb. 27, 1916, the son of Judge Horace Anthony (H.A.) Boykin and Florence Marshall Boykin.
Following the death of his father in 1933, Mr. Boykin, who was then 17 years of age, with a mother and younger sister still at home, opened a grocery store in Sylvania which he ran successfully until he entered the military service at the outbreak of World War II. During the war, he served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, completing his service as a drill sergeant for new recruits.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army at the end of WWII, he and his wife, Mary Jane Gnann Boykin, and their daughter, Barbara, moved from Sylvania to Tybee Island, where they lived until moving to Pooler in 1947.
He was employed at Union Camp paper company for over 25 years, while at the same time attending Armstrong College in the evenings studying business administration. Thereafter, he began a second career opening an independent insurance brokerage, Pooler Insurance Agency. Mr. Boykin continued operating Pooler Insurance Agency until his retirement at the age of 93.
Mr. Boykin and his wife Mary Jane, after her retirement as a teacher at Pooler Elementary School, renovated a historic home in Sylvania, which they maintained as a second residence. Mr. Boykin also built and maintained a home at South Forest Beach on Hilton Head Island, where they spent many happy summer weekends.
Mr. Boykin's life revolved entirely around family, work, and his various building and renovation projects. Mr. Boykin was also an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Savannah.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Jane Gnann Boykin, who was originally from Springfield, the daughter of Dr. Andrew Gnann and Ava Shields Gnann. Mr. Boykin is also survived by two daughters, Barbara Johnson (Glenn), of Marietta, and Margaret Palmer (Woody), of Okatie, S.C.; a son, Noble Boykin Jr., of Savannah; four grandchildren, Margaret Johnson Smith of Cochran, Andrew Johnson of Marietta, Anna Boykin and Caroline Boykin of Savannah; and two great-grandchildren, Allie Smith and Nicholas Smith of Cochran. He was preceded in death by his eight brothers and sisters, Margaret Boykin Pearson, Neoline Boykin, Horace Boykin, Hubbard Boykin, John Boykin, Elsie Boykin Armstrong, Catherine Boykin Hayman and Bobbie Boykin Jenkins.
Visitation was held on Monday evening, Feb. 11 at Thomas Strickland and Sons Funeral Home in Pooler. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St., Savannah, with Pastor Carl Yost officiating. A brief reception followed the service.
The family would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Boykin's long-time caregivers, particularly Lydia Miller of Guyton, as well as Michelle Allen of Savannah, for their loving help and assistance during Mr. Boykin's last illness.
Interment was at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church cemetery (Ebenezer) in Rincon on Feb. 12, 2013.
Published in Effingham Herald from Feb. 23 to Mar. 25, 2013