Deceased Name: Dr. Edwin C. "Ed" Boynton
April 29, 1930 ~ August 11, 2012
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Submitted by: TD
Edwin C. Boynton, long-time educator in southeastern Oklahoma, died in Plano, Texas after a long history of medical problems. Ed was born April 29, 1930 in Lexington, Kentucky to Dr. and Mrs. Paul Boynton. He spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee and then moved to Nacogdoches, Texas after his father became President of Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a graduate of S.F.A. and also obtained an M.B.A. from Louisiana State University and a doctorate from the University of Texas.
After serving in both the Texas National Guard and the U.S. Navy, he married the love of his life, Betty Atwood, on June 15, 1957. They moved to Durant, Oklahoma in 1959 where a long association began with Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he was the Director of the Graduate Program. Many outstanding teachers and administrators in this area were his former students and claimed their successes were due to him. Further educational interests were in the National Educational Accreditation Association where he served as chairman of the committees to determine quality standards for teacher training programs for colleges in the Midwest. Long active in the First Presbyterian Church of Durant, Ed served over 40 years as an elder and as chairman of major church committees. He has been a 50-year member of the Durant Lions Club. His more recent interest has been the Oklahoma Heritage Association where he has served on the Board of Directors and regional vice-president during the past fifteen years. He had a significant voice in the selection of members for the annual Hall of Fame honorees.
Ed is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home. In addition, his son Paul Boynton and wife Adrianne and their children, John and Caroline Boynton of Coppell, Texas; daughter, Beth Rambo and husband Kip of Elizabethtown, KY, their children Amanda of the University of Kentucky and Allyson and her husband 1st Lt. Shaun Bean of Del Rio, Texas. Also, his sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Don Gaston of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, Durant, Oklahoma with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson delivering the eulogy and service conducted by pastor, Rev. Jim Shroyer. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Durant, Oklahoma. Pallbearers are Dr. Bob Bruton, Dr. Joe Lacy, John Massey, Gene Willingham, John Boynton, 1st Lt. Shaun Bean and Paul Buntz. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Barker, Bill Foote, Bill Young, Howard Frazier and the Men’s Sunday School Class of the First Presbyterian Church, Durant.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 501 N. 15th Ave., Durant, Oklahoma.
Guests will be welcomed to the Boynton home at the conclusion of the funeral and commital services.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
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