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JoAnne (Boyd) Sires
August 26, 1931 ~ December 8, 2022 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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JoAnne Boyd Sires, 91, wife of the late Jasper Marion Sires, III, died Thursday, December 8, 2022, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree, surrounded by her beloved family.
Mrs. Sires was born August 26, 1931, in Lane, SC, a daughter of the late Charles Boyd and Matelon Bevis Boyd. She was a 1949 graduate of Kingstree High School and attended Coker College before marrying Marion. JoAnne worked for many years at Farmers Telephone Cooperative and Colonial Rubber Works before retiring. Following retirement JoAnne was the receptionist at Williamsburg Funeral Home for a number of years, a job she truly enjoyed.
JoAnne’s first and foremost love was her family. Even as a child, JoAnne looked forward to visiting her maternal grandfather and cousins in Jonesville, SC and recounted those stories to her children as they grew up. The Boyd cousins in Williamsburg County were equally important throughout her life and as her family grew, she welcomed each new member with delight. She was also proud of her hometown of Lane and often shared stories of growing up there. Marion’s family became her family when they married, and her mother-in-law Emmie became her “second mother” and gave her further cooking lessons adding to the ones Matelon had started. Cooking became a gift of love for her family. She eventually wrote a cookbook as her legacy, but her legacy was so much more. As her family expanded to include sons-in-law, grands and great-grands, she instilled the importance of being together by cooking weekly Sunday dinners for all who could come. Many family friends were fed at Granny Jo’s table over the years, and thus came the name for her cookbook, “Sunday Dinner at Granny’s.” She loved celebrations of any kind, especially birthdays and Christmas. After she retired, she enjoyed volunteering for Tidelands Hospice and outings with her Red Hat Society group, “The Flighty Ladies”. For many years she enjoyed her time as a member of The Garden Makers Garden Club. JoAnne was a member of Union Presbyterian Church.
Surviving Mrs. Sires are: her three daughters and their husbands: Beth S. and Billy Horton of Kingstree, SC, Sheryl S. and Mark Scott of Salters, SC and Michelle S. and Brice Benton of Kingstree, SC; five grandchildren, Elissa H. (Tim) Swicord and William B. “B” (Cheray) Horton all of Kingstree, Sarah S. (Bryan) Kelley of Greenville, SC, Gordon (Annie Bauer) Scott of Kingstree, and Marion B. (Juston) McClary of Kingstree, SC; ten great grandchildren, Jay Swicord, Chandler Swicord, Henry Swicord, Alec Hagwood, Austin (Alyssa) Hagwood, Caitie Horton, Salters and Emma Kelley, and Jack and Mae Scott; 1 great-great granddaughter, Charlee Suzanne Hagwood; two special nieces who were like daughters, Adrienne Foust (Bob) Shinta of Salters, SC and Carol Shepard (C.J.) Morgan of Scurry, TX and a niece who was more like a sister, Brenda B. (Sammy) Pringle of Surfside Beach, SC; her sister-in law, Jean S. (Carlisle) Shirer of Salters, SC; many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews; and her dear little Doxie, Phoebe.
In addition to her husband Marion and her parents, JoAnne was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses, Charles Winston Boyd and his wife Lillian, Louise B. Cox and her husband Richard, Mamie Lee B. Mishoe and her husband Frank, Frances B. Lovelace and her husband Ben, and Bevis B. Shepard and her husband Ector; a sister-in-law Leila Sires Foust and her husband Jim.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Troy Gamble, nurses and staff of Williamsburg Regional Hospital and sitters Shelly Graham and Mary Greggs for taking caring of our mama like she was their own. Their compassionate care made a difficult time much easier.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Sunday, December 18, 2022, at Williamsburg Funeral Home in Kingstree, SC with burial to follow in Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery. JoAnne’s family will greet friends Saturday afternoon from 4 to 6 PM at the funeral home and other times at her home.
Memorials may be made to Union Presbyterian Church, c/o Mrs. Diane Boyd, 114 E Brooks Street, Kingstree, SC 29556.