Charles Linwood Boykin
July 2, 1938 – December 6, 2020
Charles Linwood Boykin, 82 of Wilson passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Due to the Covid-19, the family requests that you share their grief in spirit rather than in person. They thank you for your understanding and for your prayers.
Linwood is a graduate of Edwards Military Institute in Salemburg. He was awarded most outstanding cadet and went on to serve in the Virginia National Guard and the North Carolina Army Reserves for ten years.
Linwood was a retired comptroller at Mello Buttercup Ice Cream for thirty-six years after which serving as Executive Director of Hope Station for twelve more years. His genuine concern for others regardless of race, economic class, situation or appearance and his selfless ways to make a difference in helping those down and out were some of his best qualities. He always considered this position as a “calling” and was God-led. He never cared for the spotlight and many of his services were performed in a quiet way between him, his fellow man and God. He witnessed many heart-breaking situations, but also experienced joy in seeing an addiction conquered, children receiving Christmas toys and families receiving food, clothing and special turkeys and hams for the holidays. It was noticeable that the homeless shelter men and other enjoyed being around him. He was respected and others knew he genuinely cared about them.
In 2013, Linwood was honored with the service to Mankind Award. This award was not only for his service and dedication to the Wilson Community, but for his compassionate spirit to help those in need. Linwood had no idea this award was coming and was quoted as saying “My years at Hope Station were the happiest years of my life… helping those in need.”
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Judy Keen Boykin; daughter, Jennifer Boykin Moseley (Glenn); sons, Matthew Charles Boykin (Jennifer), and Brian Linwood Boykin (Rosemary); ten grandchildren, Anthony Marinakis, Alex Marinakis, Aaron Boykin, Noah Boykin, Ethan Boykin, Jordan Boykin, Olivia Boykin, Abigail Bain, Elliot Chandler, and Jade Moseley and his beloved yorkie, Ella.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 3184, Wilson, North Carolina 27895.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.