Wilbert Eugene “Gene” Boyett, age 84, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice.
Gene was born August 24, 1937 in Candler County to the late James Coy Boyett and Myrtle Fordham Boyett. Besides his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Marjorie “Marge” Fuchs Boyett, his wife, Mildred Jackson Boyett; brothers, Clifford Boyett and Bobby Joe Boyett; sisters, Nina Helton and Virginia Moore; and a great-grandson, Dillon King.
After graduating from South Dade High School in 1955, Gene joined the United States Air Force and served his country for the following twenty years; He served a stint in Vietnam and met Marge while on base in her hometown of North Dakota. After they were married, Gene and Marge were able to travel and see many interesting places they could never have seen in civilian life. Their children were born, one in Homestead, one in Hawaii, and one on Cape Cod. After his retirement from the Air Force, Gene and his family finally settled down in Glennville, Georgia and he eventually retired from Suburban Propane.
Gene was a faithful member of Zoar Baptist Church where he served in a number of capacities. Because he was so skilled at fixing things, he served on the maintenance committee every year prior to his illness. He was a gentle and kind person and all who knew him respected and loved him.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Rita Hall Boyett of Baxley; daughter & son-in-law, Vickie & Gordon King of Hortense; sons & daughters-in-law, Steve & Diane Boyett of Hazlehurst, Kyle & Delma Boyett of Hortense, and Chris & Melissa Nail of Baxley; fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday October 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Zoar Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Williamson officiating and eulogy given by Chris Nail.
Interment will follow in Lower Lotts Creek Cemetery in Statesboro at 3:00 p.m. with full military honors, where Gene will be buried beside his beloved Marge.
Active pallbearers will be Andrew King, Austin King, and Deacons of Zoar Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zoar Baptist Church 10170 Zoar Road Baxley, Georgia 31513.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.