July 25, 1949 - November 21, 2013
Bonaire, Ga- Jane Boyd-Hamilton, 64, died at her Bonaire, GA, home on November 21st, 2013, after an extended illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Hamilton.
A native of Marion, NC, Jane attended Salem College in Winston-Salem and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. She earned her specialist degree in counseling at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Her career and community service always focused on helping others. After teaching English in Barranquilla, Columbia, South America, for more than two years, she moved to Warner Robins in 1980 when she accepted a position as a counselor at Linwood Elementary School. She later worked at both Linwood and Robins Elementary School before retiring in 2009.
She was named 2000-2001 Teacher of the Year at Linwood, and in 2001, she was selected Teacher of the Year by the Department of Defense Education Activity. During her 29 years as a school counselor, Jane touched the lives of thousands of children.
A member of First Presbyterian Church of Warner Robins, Jane had recently joined the Family Promise of Greater Houston County, a non-profit organization that provides shelter, meals, and support services for families without homes. Her membership was another example of her concern for people in need. In the mid-1980's, she was part of a task force that helped found and fund the Rainbow House in Warner Robins, which provides a safe, comforting environment for young victims of sexual abuse during their interviews with counselors and law enforcement personnel. She also volunteered at the Samaritan Closet in Perry.
A woman of strong faith, Jane was a compassionate person and a devoted friend to many. In her husband's words, "She always had a smile, she never met a stranger, and she was loving, kind, and generous to a fault." Jane loved traveling and enjoyed many trips abroad with her best friend Judy Lilley of Perry, GA.
An avid reader and movie buff, Jane also loved the theatre. She and Richard have been long-time supporters of community theatre, especially the Warner Robins Little Theatre where they volunteered their time and served on the WRLT board of directors. Jane always said her favorite companion for movie dates, community theater performances, and annual trips to Broadway was her husband.
Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Fred Boyd of Marion, NC and Rebecca Boyd of Spruce Pine, NC, and her beloved brother Tommy Boyd of Spruce Pine, NC.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her nieces, Audra Boykin (Chris) and Summer Allison (Josh), both of Marion, NC; her great-niece, Olivia Jane Allison, and her great-nephews, Isaac Allison, Eli Allison, Carter Boykin, and Camden Boykin, all of Marion.
Visitation will be at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday, November, 24th, 2013 at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, 701 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, November 25th, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, 1139 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, with the Rev. Paula S. Hoffman officiating. Interment will be at the Greenlee Memorial Cemetery in Spruce Pine, NC, following a memorial service there.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Warner Robins.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory and Webb Funeral Home, Spruce Pine, NC are in charge of arrangements.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home
701 CARL VINSON PKWY Warner Robins, GA 31093
Published in The Telegraph on Nov. 22, 2013