In Loving Memory of

Marjorie Eleanor Boles


Marjorie Eleanor Boles, 89, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on March 17, 2021 in Gainesville, FL.

Marjorie Eleanor Sykes Boles was born in Island Grove, Florida to Morgan Whistler Sykes and Martha Gladys Sykes on May 10, 1931. She worked as a childcare provider for many years.  She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL.  She enjoyed being around family and friends, children, tending to her flowers, and Christmas was her favorite holiday.

Marjorie Eleanor Boles is preceded in death by her father, Morgan Whistler Sykes, mother, Martha Gladys Sykes, husband, John Lavell Boles, daughter, Deborah Lynn Boles, brother, Thomas Morgan Sykes, brother, William “Billy” Wayne Sykes, Sr., brother, James Jefferies Sykes, and brother Myles Kirby Sykes.

Marjorie Eleanor Boles is survived by her daughter, Patricia Dean (Donald), Archer, FL, son, Wayne Boles (Donna), Island Grove, FL, son, Charlie Boles (Lisa), Gainesville, FL, son, Thomas Boles (Lori), Sevierville, TN, sister, Cora Sue Price (Creighton), Fayetteville, GA, sister, Frances Coulliette (Audry), Jacksonville, FL, sister, Berneice Woodard, Micanopy, FL, sister, Glenda Miller (Perry), Fairview, TX, as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 N.W. 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL on March 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 N.W. 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL on March 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East, Gainesville, FL

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Parkview Baptist Church, 3403 N.W. 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609 or to Children’s Miracle Network, P.O. Box 100386, Gainesville, FL 32610. Condolences may be left in Marjorie Boles online guestbook at

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8 Responses

  1. stephen e acree at · Reply

    Oh lord. I remember the first time I met this lady. She lived off of 6th street in Gville but up against the fence to Koppers. Basically by a superfund site. And she had the most beautiful roses in a square in her front yard. It has been hard because our first born needed care and there had already been crying when we visited some other people to take care of our Stephanie. We walked in and it seemed to be children all over. And Boles, as we would always call her, in the center being who she was. In complete control of what seemed to be a little chaos. She became family that day. And so did Papa John. She made our lives so much better. You will have to pardon me because I just found this out and am crying a little. She was about the closest family I ever had outside of blood relatives. Her and Papa John soon moved to their dream home on Newnan’s Lake where I just fished the other day. I made a point of looking over at that beautiful sloped yard leading up to the back porch that was bigger than my Brooker House. Perfect for the younguns she had each day and would feed chicken stew to. I remember seeing my kids pictures on her dresser or mantel right along side hers. I loved her stories about Marjorie (her name too) Kinnan Rawlings and the area around Island Grove. She grew up there and married a fella from Alabama. And not a nicer man that I ever met. I could talk about her for days but I want to remember Boles as the lady that became that beautiful aunt, grandmother and child care for my first two children. She will always live in my heart as the lady out at Newnans Lake who let us into her world for a short while. I know I am prone to hyperbole and going on and on about some things but my words this morniing about Marjorie Boles are woefully inadequate. She was a legend and blessing to our family. Rest in Peace Mrs Boles. You were incredible.

  2. Becky Legate at · Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Charlie.

  3. Marlaine Van Arnam at · Reply

    Sisters and Brothers of Micanopy Chapter #140 wish to express their condolences to the family of Mrs. Marjorie Boles.

  4. Gina Sapp at · Reply

    Want to wish the Boles Family our condolences. Mary Spilman and Gina Sapp.

  5. Lori at · Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Praying for your family to have peace in your loss. Hugs. Bruce and Lori Simpson

  6. Chris Mahn at · Reply

    Oh, my goodness. 49 years ago I “smuggled” my son Judd to Boles. Papa John had said “no more”, but we figured since I was a teacher and would pick up early, it would work. It did. Until one day John walked in and said, “Who’s that?” And Boles rolled on, next allowing me to add Sara, and later my nephew Seth. Boles raised those babies til Kindergarten, and raised me as a young parent as well. Always practical advice: “Hang colorful clothes near the crib.” “Don’t let him/her do to you anything someone else wouldn’t like (pulling hair, grabbing your face).” Always John Denver or someone playing in the background. Our debt to our sweet Boles is endless. Condolences and best wishes to all who love her.

  7. Pastor Gregory Charles Magruder at · Reply

    Marjorie Boles was a dear lady that you enjoyed to be around. Her sweet spirit and warm smile reflected her deep love for Jesus. Marjorie was devoted to her loving husband John and her admiring family. She was a lady of many talents and made her home a place of joy. Even with her struggles later in life, she retained her gentle demeanor and kindness. I count it a privilege to have known Marjorie.

  8. Sam Ajlani at · Reply

    I remember her when Debbie and I were dating. She was a wonderful person and was always welcoming. I will miss her, John, and Debbie for the rest of my life. The Boles family are all strong people and I believe the family will be stronger moving forward.

    As times change we can be steadfast in what our parents gave us. They gave us love, compassion, taught us lessons (even though some were hard) and we carry their values and morals forward to our children. Mrs. Boles was one to remember along with her husband.

    My love and compassion for the Boles family will carry on forever.

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