Robert Thomas “Bob” Boyette, Colonel, USAF (Ret), 83, went Home to be with his Lord Friday morning, May 3rd, with his wife by his side.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 8th at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, with the Rev. David Goehring presiding. Visitation with the family will precede the service, starting at 1 p.m.
Bob served in the USAF with the first operational missile wing in Germany and the early Air Force Space Program in California. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After his military career he returned to Kenly to become a writer for the Kenly News. He was the writer and publisher of five books; Reflections published in 1983, Down Home Memories published in 1988, Yesterdays Remembered published in 1994, Treasured Times published in 1998 and Lasting Legacy published in 2002. He graduated from Glendale High School, the University Of North Carolina School Of Journalism, and received an MBA from George Washington University. Bob was past president of the Kenly Kiwanis Club and the past commander of the Kenly American Legion Post #328.
In 1950 Bob began a three year relationship with his sweetheart, Anne Spivey a native of Kenly. After the relationship ended they went separate ways and lead very active lives for 52 years. In 2004 Anne received an alumni letter from Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College, which told of the death of Bob’s wife Dot, also alumni of ACC. Anne called Bob to express her condolences and they made plans to meet for lunch. In May 2005 Bob and Anne were joined in marriage, and as Bob wrote in the Kenly News on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 “The rest is history”.
Bob is survived by his wife Anne Spivey Boyette; his brothers Paul A Boyette, Jr. (Eilleen) of Kenly, and George M. Boyette (Linda) of Yorktown, VA; his son Gregory T. Boyette (Christine) of Burke, VA, and step-son Michael R. Paschall of Delta Junction, AK, his daughter; Linda B. Naylor (Dorman) of Dunn, NC and step-daughter Tamara P. Brubaker (Van) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tori Naylor, Ariel Naylor, Evan Boyette, and Josh Boyette, and his step-grandchildren Christopher Gulley (Erika), Nicholas Gulley, Remington Gulley, Brandon Brubaker, and Kenneth Brubaker.
He was preceded in death by his spouse Dorothy “Dot” Boyette, parents Paul Anderson Boyette and Sally Wellons Boyette, his brother Albert William “AW” Boyette, his sisters Pauline Boyette Woodard and Mina Grey Boyette Watson.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St. Raleigh.