Dolly Crawford Boone

Dolly Crawford Boone

February 12, 2022, 103, Goldsboro –

Dolly Crawford Boone, 103, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, February 12, 2022. She was born in Wayne County on May 5, 1918 to the late Ivey J. Crawford and Ann Vail Crawford. Dolly was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 24 years, Jerry B. Boone, known as “J.B.”, and by her siblings, Kathleen Edgerton, Elizabeth Howell, I. J. Crawford, and Ben Crawford.

Dolly graduated from Pikeville High School and Appalachian State College (1940) with a degree in early childhood education. She taught kindergarten and first grade in Wayne, Sampson, and Wake County schools for over 20 years. She was not happy until every child in her class had learned to read. Dolly was a member of the Rowan Baptist Church in Clinton, NC from 1951-1964 and of the Aversboro Road Baptist Church until 1980, when she became a faithful member of the Pikeville St. Joseph’s Methodist, her current church home.

Dolly was active in the care of her parents and her 4 siblings during their decline. She loved growing, cooking and eating good food, especially butterbeans and collards. She was an active member of the Wayne County Democratic Women as well as the Retired Teachers’ Association.

Dolly is survived by her daughter, Jacquelyn Boone James, and husband, Samuel of Belmont, Massachusetts; her son, Oscar Raymond Boone II of Clayton; two grandchildren, Ryan Andrew James and wife Dayle, and Carrie James Rankin and husband, Jonathan; and her 3 great-grandchildren, Cooper Joseph Rankin, Leah Jacquelyn Rankin, and Micaela James Rankin.

A celebration of her life at a graveside service for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Wayne Memorial Park in Goldsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the St. Joseph’s Methodist Church, PO Box 43, Pikeville, NC 27863. Online condolences may be sent to the family at