Senior Spotlight: Jane Boyd
This week, The Greenville Advocate spotlights Mrs. Jane Boyd of Greenville, who currently resides in Pine Needle Place.
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Winston Salem, N.C., in 1928.
Q: Who were your parents?
A: James L. Rogers and Sadie Dale Rogers.
Q: What did your parents do for a living?
A: My father owned a jewelry store in Winston Salem, N.C. He was a jeweler by trade.
Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A: I had one brother and three sisters. I was the oldest.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I went to grammar school in North Carolina. I went to college at Fifer University.
What do you recall most from your childhood?
A: Well, we had a very happy childhood. We lived right in the city. We played on the sidewalks with the neighborhood children. We rode bicycles and went skating – we all loved to skate.
Q: Where have you lived?
A: I’ve lived in Winston Salem, Albemarle and Clayton, N.C. After college, I lived in Atlanta. When I got married, I moved to Troy where my husband’s home was. We lived there for a while, until he got a store in Greenville.
Q: What was your husband’s name? What did he do for a living?
A: James Earl Boyd. He owned a store in downtown Greenville.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: I have three sons – Ronald, Dave and Tommy
Q: What made your spouse the one for you?
A: It was wartime, I met him through a friend and that was it. We met at a friend’s house in North Carolina. When I go back and think about how it all happened, it would make a good movie.
Q: What advice do you give married couples for them to have a long, healthy marriage like you have?
A: To be honest, thoughtful, kind and faithful, of course. I just had a wonderful marriage!
Q: Where do you attend church?
A: I attend First United Methodist Church in Greenville.
Q: Where did you work?
A: Most of my friends went to Washington after college; I wanted to go to Atlanta. I went to Atlanta by train by myself. I worked as a secretary. In Butler County, I worked mainly for the County Commission.
Q: Do you have any grandchildren?
A: Yes, I have grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Q: Do you do a lot of traveling?
A: I have done a lot of traveling in my earlier days. I have traveled to Canada, Alaska and all over the West. I enjoyed New York City perhaps the most. It was so fun.
Q: What inventions have you witnessed that intrigue you? Why?
A: The television. We only had the radio growing up, the television is wonderful.
Q: What keeps you busy these days?
A: I enjoy visiting with the people here. I do try to keep exercising, like walking. I read too.
Q: What advice would you like to give people on staying healthy?
A: Follow the rules your doctor gives you.
- By Barrett Leverette