Catherine Osborne Taylor Boykin, 88, surrounded by her loving family closed her eyes on this earthly side and opened them on the other side Saturday, February 26, 2011 – 12:30 P. M. at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. Born October 16, 1922 in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Harmon Richard Taylor and Minnie Skinner Taylor.
She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and received a diploma in 1947 from Elite Beauty College, Orangeburg. She worked for a brief time as a hairdresser. She met and married the late Moses Boykin and moved to New Jersey, where she worked as a housekeeper. Catherine was very active in her first church, St. John Baptist Church in Scotch Plains, N. J., where she served as an usher for over 35 years. Upon her return south to live in 1992, she joined Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as superintendent of the Sunday School until her illness. It was a job she loved and her church family, as well, under the pastoral of Rev. Freddie L. Thomas. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She leaves to mourn her loving memories: one son, Harry Bennett (H. Yetta) of Plainsfield, N. J.; her nephews, Timothy Cain of Rembert, Richard Glover (Carolyn) of Maryland; her niece, Catherine T. Cain of Trenton, N. J.; cousins, Maggie Skinner and Willie Bennett, both of Sumter; one grand nephew, Micah S. Singleton of Columbia; two grand nieces, Sherri C. Williams (Thurman) of Allentown, PA, Malaika Singleton Duran (Eric) of Sacomento, CA; a great grand niece, Makalia Allen of Camden; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p. m., Friday, March 4, 2011 from the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, Highway 521 North, Rembert, with the Rev. Freddie Thomas, pastor, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home of her nephew, Timothy Cain, 5660 Timothy Drive, Rembert.
The funeral procession will leave the home of her nephew at 1:00 p. m.
Flower bears and Pall bears will be family and friends.
Interment will be in the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Rembert.