Mrs. Major Doris Burchett Boyce, 96, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021, at Avow Frances Georgeson Hospice House in Naples, Florida. Doris was born on May 29, 1925 in Oxford, North Carolina, to the late John and Beulah Burchett and grew up in Greensboro, NC., where she attended The Salvation Army Greensboro Corps. In 1945, she graduated from the Salvation Army School for Officer Training in Atlanta, GA. In 1949, Doris married fellow Salvation Army Officer Robert H. Boyce from Norfolk, VA. Together, they served the Lord in active ministry for over 48 years throughout West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Doris’ witness continued throughout her retirement, with her influence even felt by Hospice staff during her final journey.
In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Boyce; son, James Robert Boyce; granddaughter, Tara Boyce Burlage; two brothers, Elmo Burchett and Robert Burchett, Sr; two sisters, Elizabeth Burchett, and Mary Marshall; nephews, James Robert Burchett, Jr., and Barney “B.G.” Marshall, Jr.
Surviving Doris is her daughter, Mary Boyce-Johnson (husband, Denis Johnson) of Naples, FL; brother, Thomas Fred Burchett (wife, Saxon) of Colfax; nephews, Ted Burchett of Greensboro, Fred Burchett, Jr (wife, Denise) of Cary; and niece, Fran Marshall of High Point.
Major Pete Costas will lead a “Celebration of Life” Service at The Salvation Army Greensboro Corps – 1001 Freeman Mill Road, Greensboro, NC. 27406, at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 23, 2021. A Graveside “Open Air Meeting” will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. Family and friends may pay their respects from 10:30 AM until 11:00 AM before the service.
Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army NC/SC Retired Officers Association – SAROA: c/o Major David Craddock – 1112 Marcus Street, Fort Mill, SC. 29707. [Memo: Doris Boyce]
Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Boyce family.
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