John Kinion Boyette

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Asheville – John K. Boyette died peacefully at home on April 12, 2010. He was born to Julius K. and Maude Dunn Boyette in Johnston County, North Carolina on February 24, 1923. While serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he married the love of his life, Eloise Neighbors. He was employed by Life & Casualty Insurance Company, which took him to Fayetteville where John and Eloise made their life and reared their family. In the early 1950's John left Life & Casualty and started two businesses: Boyette Insurance and Realty Corp., and Fayetteville Moving & Storage, Inc. In 1992, after selling both of his businesses, John and Eloise retired to Asheville. John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eloise Neighbors Boyette; daughter, Nancy Miller and her husband, Glenn, of Asheville, sons, Robert Boyette and his wife, Mary Charles, and Richard Boyette and his wife, Beth Fleishman, of Raleigh: five grandchildren, Katherine Griffith and her husband, Mark, of Raleigh, Page Curtin and her husband, Chris, of Menlo Park, CA, Erin Miller Lamp and her husband, Josiah, of Worcester, MA, John Miller and his wife, Meredith, of Raleigh and Rachel Boyette of Chapel Hill; four great-grandchildren, Charlie and Kee Griffith and Elizabeth and Mary Gaughan Curtin; and a sister, Maude Boyette of Newton Grove. He was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers. A Master Mason for 60 years, John is a Past Master of John Huske Anderson Lodge in Fayetteville and was active in the Shrine Club. In Asheville, he served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army, was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville. The family gratefully acknowledges the special care of CarePartners Hospice and the caregivers with Comfort Keepers, who took such good care of John in his last days. A memorial service will be held at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road in Arden at 2 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to AB Tech Community College Foundation, Boyette Family Scholarship, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801; Shriners Childrens Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or to the charity of one's choice.

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  1. Dear Nancy, Glenn and Family,

    Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many at this sad time.


  2. An honor to have known such a fine man, husband and father. God’s blessings on the loving family.

  3. John will certainly be missed by the Land of the Sky Shrine Club. I will be unable to attend the service on Wednesday as Howard Keyes and I will be taking a child to the Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville, SC.
    Sharing in your sorrow with prayers that through this you’ll sense the Lord comforting your heart, holding your hand, and bringing an assurance of His love.
    With Sincere Sympathy,

  4. John Boyette,a good, good man and a gentleman in every sense of the word. I will always cherish the memory of working with John in the Land of the Sky Shrine Club in sharing our talents to help the Crippled and Burned Children
    May God bless you in your loss.

  5. Robert, I remember your Dad well and always thought what a fine man he was. How blessed your family was to have him all these years. You will all be in my heart and prayers.

  6. Richard Beth and Rachel: Wanted to express our condolences and let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dear Nancy, Glenn, & family,
    May the Comforter, the Spirit of the Living God, encourage your hearts with His promise of eternal life and reunion with our loved ones in Christ who have gone before us.

  8. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. You all are in my prayers. ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.’ Psalm 116:15

  9. We know and recognize true friends when they support us when we are in some of life’s deepest valleys. John was first a Godly man of great character, liked people, and we will always remember him fondly.

  10. Nancy and Glenn – please accept my condolences on the loss of your Dad. I know what a great presence he was in your life and remember him fondly from my high school year in Fayetteville. He will live forever in your hearts.

  11. Dear Nancy,
    I know it has been a little over a week now since your dad left for Heaven… I pray the God of all Comfort is supplying you abundantly during this time.
    You and Glenn had such a big role in welcoming us to Asheville and ACA, and I want you to know that I appreciate your hospitality during that time as it has been a great five years for us, even with Lana’s “early” departure (April 9, 2008.)
    Do let me know if there is anything I can do; I’m just an eight minute drive on the Parkway away (until we leave for Florida June 12th.)
    In the fellowship of our Lord,Greg

  12. Richard, Jo Taylor (my sister) told me about your father’s passing. This is a note to send my condolences to you and your family. I know you have many fond memories amongst you and these will carry you through the time of grieving. Fond regards, Cotha

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