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Jiles Ranson Boykin, Jr.

April 29, 1932 — January 17, 2021

Jiles Ranson Boykin, Jr.

Jiles Ranson Boykin, Jr. April 29, 1932 – January 17, 2021 Jiles Ranson Boykin, Jr., 88 of Wilson passed away Sunday. Son of the late Jiles Ranson Boykin, Sr. and Gladys Smith Boykin. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, Wilson. Interment will follow in Old Bass Cemetery, Alton Road, Lucama. The Rev. Wayne Whitley will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson. Jiles graduated from Atlantic Christian College, with a BA Degree in Business Administration and continued his graduate work at East Carolina University and the University of Alabama. He served in the United States Navy from 1951 – 1955 and is a Korean veteran. Jiles was employed with the State of North Carolina Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse since, November of 1961. He worked at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh as Financial Interviewer, later promoted to Executive Housekeeper serving through March of 1967, then he was promoted and transferred to Murdoch Center in Butner where he was the Assistant Business Manager, later he was transferred to the Raleigh office, where he traveled many years to other mental institutions before retiring. Thousands of friends and fellow members of the NCSEA said he was a leader who was always ready when a job needed to be done. Jiles chaired and served on most committees at the distract level. Jiles was a quiet and generous man and was highly respected by all of his friends. He enjoyed reading, woodworking and was quite a shagger at the local nightspots, if there was a dance somewhere, Jiles would be there. He was well known for his art of dancing. If there was a dance somewhere Jiles would be there. He was a member of the Wilson Singles Club where he enjoyed all the monthly dances with his companion, Carol. They loved to travel especially to the beach, but he also headed to the mountains as well. Jiles is survived by his daughter, Angela Hope Thomas; grandson, Timothy Ray Shane Thomas; special companion, Carol Hagler; niece, Joy Williamson, and two great-nieces, Elena and Abegail. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jiles Ranson Boykin, Sr., and Gladys Boykin Smith. He was also preceded by his son, Michael Wayne Boykin and sister, Hazel Boykin Williamson. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to the Wesley Shelter or the Hope Station. Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.
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