A memorial service to celebrate the life of Alice Waite Shoolbred Boykin, 88, of Rembert, SC will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Grace Episcopal Church. Rev. Dr. Phillip Whitehead will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Boykin’s memory to the Boykin Spaniel Society, P.O. Box 2047, Camden, SC 29020 or the Community Medical Clinic, 110 E DeKalb Street #C, Camden, SC 29020.
Mrs. Boykin, widow of Lemuel Whitaker Boykin, II, died Monday, August 8, 2016 and was born in 1927 in Eastover, SC, the daughter of the late Benson Sumner Shoolbred and Florence Hibbett Wilson Shoolbred. She moved to Kershaw County after her first marriage to Clifford Leonard and resided at Chancefield Plantation. After her marriage to Mr. Boykin in 1959, she has resided in Boykin at Millway Plantation. She attended Lower Richland schools and the University of South Carolina.
Mrs. Boykin was an astute business woman. Much of her career was spent in real estate, and she was instrumental in the restoration of such historic buildings as the Greenleaf Villa in Camden and the Swift Creek Church in Boykin, both of which she placed on the National Register of Historic Places. She also restored the historic mill, and created two restaurants in Boykin. Twenty-three years ago, she created the annual Boykin Christmas Parade.
She managed the family and the family farm and various enterprises of her own creation. In 1995 she received an award for historic preservation from Governor Beasley, and in 1996 she was named Kershaw County Farmer of the Year.
Mrs. Boykin and her husband, the grandson of Lemuel Whitaker Boykin, who created the Boykin spaniel, were two of the eight founders of the Boykin Spaniel Society in 1977. The first meeting was held in their home at Millway. She owned and bred Boykin spaniels.
Mrs. Boykin was an avid sportswoman, and an excellent shot. She had many good friends who will miss her humor and her talent for having fun. She enjoyed playing bridge and poker and there are many who can regretfully testify to her expertise in games of chance.
Surviving are her children, Mary Deas Boykin Wortley of Middletown, OH, Virginia Leonard Barnette of Columbia, SC, Clifford Leonard, Jr., also of Columbia, Alice Boykin Belger and Lemuel Whitaker Boykin V, of Boykin, SC and May Boykin of Bedford Hills, NY. She is also survived by grandchildren Alice Belger, Ted Wagner, Boykin Wagner and Deasy Heimbach. She has 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters Eleanor S. Hampton and Florence S. Mather; and a brother, Robert A. Shoolbred.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Boykin family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.