Gorham Boynton

October 23, 1927September 13, 2021

COLUMBIA – Gorham Boynton, 93, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021 at Shandon Baptist Church with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. There will be no formal visitation but visitors are welcome to pay respects at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel during business hours beginning Thursday until Sunday.

Mr. Boynton was born October 23, 1927 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, to the late Ware and May Westergard Boynton.

Gorham was a very positive person. He was a storyteller that was able to encourage many with his quick wit and a word fitly spoken at just the right time. It was because of this talent people were drawn to him. He was a member of Shandon Baptist Church where he was very active in his Sunday School Class. Gorham was a lifelong learner and was a teacher of the Bible for many years. He will be remembered most for his love of family and friends. It was very important to him to spend time with his family going on mountain trips, sharing meals, and being with them during the holidays especially on Christmas. We will all miss him and are comforted to know he is with his savior, Jesus Christ.

Survivors, include his wife of 41 years, Twila Boynton; children, John Gorham Boynton (Janet), Robert Boynton (Holly), Kathryn Pittman (Mark), Mary Ellen Hembree, Cindy Royson (Bobby), William Gordon Rentz (Shannon), Andrea Thurber (Scott); thirty five grandchildren; and twenty one great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Rice Estates for their care of Gorham over the last six months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shandon Baptist Church or to the Ronald McDonald House.

Memories may be shared at


20 September

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Shandon Baptist Church

5250 Forest Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29206


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Phil Leventis

September 19, 2021

Gorham was one of my best friends for over 40 years. He was one of my father’s best friends for over a decade prior to that. Several years ago Gorham invited my son, his grandfather’s name sake, to meet with him because they too were friends.

Gorham presented Peter with a double barrel shotgun that my father had given Gorham 45+ years ago. I believe the gun had belong to my grandfather. It dated back to 1914. Gorham, then in his 80s had decided in his wisdom that it was appropriate for the chain of custody of this now antique keepsake to return to our family.

He was many wonderful things not the least of which was a very thoughtful and compassionate person.

May his precious memory be eternal.

Jeff Magun

September 19, 2021

One of the most insightful and nicest men I’ve ever known. It was a pleasure and honor to provide eye/vision care for him for many many years.

Romie Bostick

September 17, 2021

I had the honor of getting to know him while both of us worked in the same building facility - Jefferson Square - for years. He was such a strong, kind and compassionate man. I cannot recall ever seeing him without a smile on his face . He added a ray of sunshine to all who knew him. Sending condolences to Twila and their loved ones during this difficult time.

Bob and Barbara Batten

September 16, 2021

Gorham was such a good friend and such an encouragement to us so many times. We are thankful for his friendship through the years. Sending our love to Twila and family.