Jane Boyd-Hamilton, 64, died at her Bonaire, Ga., home on Thursday, November 21, 2013, after an extended illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Hamilton.
A native of Marion, N.C., Jane attended Salem College in Winston-Salem and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. She earned her specialist degree in counseling at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Her career and community service always focused on helping others. After teaching English in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America, for more than two years, she moved to Warner Robins, Ga. in 1980 when she accepted a position as a counselor at Linwood Elementary School in Warner Robins. She later worked at both Linwood and Robins Elementary School before retiring from Robins in 2009.
She was named 2000-2001 Teacher of the Year at Linwood, and in 2001, she was selected Teacher of the Year by the Department of Defense Education Activity. During her 29 years as a school counselor, Jane touched the lives of thousands of children.
A member of First Presbyterian Church of Warner Robins, Jane had recently joined the Family Promise of Greater Houston County, a non-profit organization that provides shelter, meals, and support services for families without homes. Her membership was another example of her concern for people in need. In the mid-1980s, she was part of a task force that helped found and fund the Rainbow House in Warner Robins, which provides a safe, comforting environment for young victims of sexual abuse during their interviews with counselors and law enforcement personnel. She also volunteered at the Samaritan’s Closet in Perry, Ga.
A woman of strong faith, Jane was a compassionate person and a devoted friend to many. In her husband’s words, “She always had a smile, she never met a stranger, and she was loving, kind, and generous to a fault.”
Jane loved traveling and enjoyed many trips abroad with her best friend, Judy Lilley of Perry, Ga.
An avid reader and movie buff, Jane also loved the theatre. She and Richard have been long-time supporters of community theatre, especially the Warner Robins Little Theatre where they volunteered their time and served on the WRLT board of directors. Jane always said her favorite companion for movie dates, community theatre performances, and annual trips to Broadway was her husband.
Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Fred Boyd of Marion, N.C. and Rebecca Boyd of Spruce Pine, N.C., and by her beloved brother, Tommy Boyd of Spruce Pine, N.C.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister Brett Olivia Boyd of Marion, N.C. and nieces Audra Boykin (Chris) and Summer Allison (Josh), both of Marion, her great-niece, Olivia Jane Allison, and her great-nephews, Isaac Allison, Eli Allison, Carter Boykin, and Camden Boykin, all of Marion.
Visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Webb Funeral Home, 128 Roan Road, Spruce Pine. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013 at Grassy Creek Baptist Church, 793 Old NC 226, Spruce Pine, with the Rev. Jim Taylor of the Grassy Creek Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be at the Greenlee Memorial Cemetery, Dale Rd., Spruce Pine, following a brief service there.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grassy Creek Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine.
Heritage Funeral Home Warner Robins,GA. and Webb Funeral Home Spruce Pine are in charge of arrangements.