Ms. Janet Gaynelle Boone transitioned from earth to eternity in her 84th year, on May 5, 2022, surrounded by her sister and nieces at the Brian Center in Wallace, where she was cared for and treated by the wonderful staff of nurses and aides until her last breath.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Noretta (Boone) Winn-Jones; four aunts; two uncles; and the paternal grandparents who raised her, Willie “Pete” and Kattie Lee (Hussey) Boone.
Referred to as, “Ms. Boone,” Janet was born and raised in a rural Black community in Mount Olive, called Hickory Nut Hill, where she lived contentedly and cherished as a child, and later, respected and treasured as an older adult.
Prior to her fall, in January, Ms. Boone remained independent and active within the community she loved. Whether it was spending her mornings walking laps at Mount Olive Park, eating, and playing games at the local Senior Center during the day, taking up her reserved seating and parking at Piggly Wiggly, or regular church attendance, her daily routine was filled with an expression of her attachment and dedication to her community.
Ms. Boone spent all her life entrenched in the fiber of Mount Olive. While her career consisted of 25 years at Medical Park Nursing Center as a dietary aide, she also worked domestically in local homes and businesses, such as Tyndall Funeral Home. After her retirement in the early 2000’s, she continued to visit and volunteer with the residents at Medical Park (now Genesis Nursing Home) and continued to help protect her neighbors as a part of the Community Crime Watch.
She leaves to cherish her memories one sister, Hiawatha Jones, Goldsboro; two nieces, Ja’Near Jones, Virginia and Myea Jones, California; her Hickory Nut Hill family, Piggly Wiggly family; and a host of relatives and friends.
A “Viewing and Reflection” will be held Thursday evening, May 12, at Northeast Chapel Free Will Baptist, 503 E. James Street, Mount Olive, from 6 to 8 p.m. During this time, family and friends may share comments, sentiments, and antidotes about Ms. Boone. On her way to the church, Ms. Boone will make her final visit to Piggly Wiggly in a commemorative lap around the parking lot at 5:45 p.m.
A graveside eulogy will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at Wayne Memorial Park in Dudley, with a private mausoleum closing.
Arrangements are with Tyndall Funeral Home.