Born on October 24, 1943, in Miami, Florida, Boykin French Johnson lived a life filled with love, compassion, and dedication. On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, she peacefully passed away at her residence in Flat Rock, North Carolina, surrounded by her loved ones. Boykin was 80 years old at the time of her passing.
Boykin’s journey in life took her through various professional roles, including working at the First National Bank of Miami in the trust department, transcribing court records, and serving as an office manager and treasurer for several churches. Her hard work and commitment left a lasting impact on those she served.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Boykin found immense joy in her hobbies. She was passionate about quilting, sewing and macramé but above all, her greatest source of fulfillment came from being a loving and dedicated mother to her four daughters. Boykin’s nurturing spirit and unwavering support shaped her daughters’ lives and provided them with a strong foundation.
Boykin, who faithfully served in her Christian faith, was a member of Hope United Methodist Church in East Flat Rock. While in Miami, she led two different youth groups and would assist on mission trips at Rader Memorial United Methodist Church and Resurrection Episcopal Church. Additionally, she actively participated in Sonshine Via de Cristo, and Kairos Prison Ministry, demonstrating her selflessness and commitment to helping others. She served on various teams in Sonshine Via de Cristo and Kairos Prison Ministry where she proudly shared her testimony and prepared many different banners for weekends. Boykin also enjoyed being part of the English Hand Bell Choir, and listening to Christian music, especially the Gaither’s.
In this time of remembrance, we mourn the loss of Boykin French Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Elizabeth French; her beloved daughter, Elizabeth Boykin Johnson; and her two brothers, Robert French III and Chipley French.
Boykin leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, James “Jim” Johnson, who stood by her side throughout their incredible journey. Boykin’s three daughters, Catherine Jenine Kerr of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Melissa McCarthy Macquoid (Patrick) of Miami, Florida, and Susanna Mansfield Launder (Jason) of Loxahatchee, Florida, will forever hold her in their hearts. She was a proud grandmother to five grandchildren, Tecla, Killian, Avery, Solomon and Sophia. Boykin also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Kenley and Conner, completing her family with boundless love.
In addition to her immediate family, Boykin is survived by her brother, Richard Drew French (Jackie) of Miami, Florida; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who were touched by her kindness and warmth. And we must not forget her loyal canine companion and protector, “Pepe the dog.”
A celebration of Boykin’s remarkable life will be held on Saturday, March 02, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Hope United Methodist Church. Pastor Danielle Hammett and Pastor Rick Phillips will lead the service, honoring and commemorating Boykin’s life of love, faith, and resilience.
As we bid farewell to Boykin French Johnson, let us cherish the memories and lessons she shared with us. Let her devotion to family, her unwavering faith, and her selfless acts of kindness inspire us to live each day to the fullest. May her soul find eternal peace, and may we find solace in knowing that her spirit will forever guide and watch over us.