Louise Kimbrough Boykin died Dec. 24, 2012 at Jackson Health Care facility.
She was born in St. Stephens, the daughter of Sidney and Alvada Parks Smith.
Mrs. Boykin graduated from Leroy High School in 1939 and in 1941 married Edward C. Boykin of Brewton. Mr. Boykin passed away in 1975.
The Boykin family moved to Jackson in 1951 and Mrs. Boykin began employment at Vanity Fair. She is most fondly remembered as a nurse for Dr. Robert S. Bowling and later in a 20- year position as a nurse for Dr. William F. DeShazo. Mrs. Boykin served her final career as that of hospital administrator, the first woman administrator at Jackson Hospital, during which time she was responsible for the implementation of many new programs, equipment and emergency room staffing. Perhaps more importantly, she wrapped her arms around anyone in need of comfort, a care giver to many frightened or grieving patients and family members.
She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School, served as secretary and as an Elder and was active in Women of the Church. She was also a member of Eastern Star and the St. Stephens Historical Society. Mrs. Boykin’s interests included golf and tennis, sports in which she was both active and accomplished.
Mrs. Boykin’s enthusiasm for life was both spontaneous and contagious. Her many life-long friends will recall her adventuresome spirit, her interest in local and Southern history and her devotion to her community. Her musical talents will be fondly recalled, from singing with her sisters as a teenager to playing piano, guitar, harmonica and violin.
She is survived by a family who inherited their mother’s legacy of an everpresent smile and greeting to both old and new friends.
Survivors include two children, Sandra Boykin (William) Nelson, Edward C. “Buddy” (Cindy) Boykin; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She joyously embraced her friends and the friends of her children, granting them irreplaceable memories of a life well lived. Generous with her love, laughter and unselfish spirit, she will be missed by many.
Funeral services were Dec. 26 at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson with Rev. Terry Blevins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
Active pallbearers included two grandsons, Andy Boykin and Bo Nelson, and four nephews, Bobby Bounds, David Smith, Ron Smith and Jim Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Jim Bailey, Sam Hughston, Bob Stewart, Neal Bradley, Fred Huggins and Chris Bailey.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.
Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.
Paid obituary contributed to with love and fond memories by June Howard Guynes