Raymond Powell Boylston Jr.

January 28, 1930November 8, 2012

Raymond P. Boylston, Jr., of Raleigh, NC, passed away November 8, 2012

Funeral services for Ray Boylston, Jr., 82, will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. James Methodist Church, 3808 St. James Church Rd. Raleigh, NC 27604, followed by a graveside service at Historic Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening, November 9, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Brooks Boylston, Christopher Hinson, Zachary Boylston, Adam Hinson, Mitchell Boylston and Samuel Boylston.

Ray Boylston graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. double major in chemistry and biology in 1951. During the Korean War, he served in the Army Chemical Corps at Fort Detrick, MD.

Ray married Bobbie Weeks of North Augusta, SC in 1952 and was employed by the DuPont Company as a Health Physicist at the Savannah River Project near Aiken, SC for approximately 10 years. Ray and Bobbie lived in North Augusta, SC from 1953 until 1964 during which time their three children were born.

Ray Boylston transferred to DuPont’s corporate offices in Wilmington, DE in 1964 where he served as a Corporate Safety and Fire Protection Engineer. Then in 1965, he was transferred to Kinston, NC where he became the Safety Supervisor for the DuPont Dacron Polyester Plant. While employed in Kinston he was active in many State and local safety organizations.

In 1973, Ray was requested to become the first State Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a position he held for four years. After leaving OSHA in 1977, Ray became the Safety Manager for the American Textile Manufacturers’ Institute in Charlotte, NC.

Ray Boylston and three other principals formed ELB and Associates, Inc. in 1978, a comprehensive occupational safety and health consulting firm. He served as vice president, senior vice president and president of the firm over an 18 year period. He retired from the firm in 1994.

He was an outstanding safety professional at the local, state and national level serving as national president of the American Society of Safety Engineers. His numerous awards include: Fellow in the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Distinguished Service to Safety Award for the National Safety Council.

Ray Boylston was a distinguished author of business and non-fiction books. Some of his many books include MANAGING SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS, THE BOYLSTON FAMILY HISTORY, BUTLER’S BRIGADE, THE BATTLE OF AIKEN, EDISTO REBELS AT CHARLESTON, AND HEALING SPRINGS.

His greatest legacy was his total commitment to his family and his consistent love, support, wisdom, and generosity. Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Bobbie Weeks Boylston, daughter and son-in-law, Jennie Boylston Hinson and Gerald Hinson; son and daughter-in-law Brooks M. Boylston and Dianne Kennedy Boylston; and son and daughter-in-law Ray S. Boylston and Leigh Moore; grandchildren Christy Boylston Moore and husband Corey Moore, Brooks O. Boylston and wife Susan Woodward Boylston; Christopher Hinson and Adam Hinson; Zachary Boylston and wife Jenn Moore Boylston of Wilmington, NC, Mitchell Boylston and Samuel Boylston. Ray’s great grandchildren are Cameron, Katie and Ryann Moore; Benjamin, Cecilia and Rosemary Boylston; all of Raleigh.

Ray Boylston was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie Victoria Boylston and Raymond Powell Boylston and brother Samuel L. Boylston of Columbia, SC.

The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers from Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Wake County for their support and assistance during the past few months. Their gentle nature and compassion were a blessing to the entire Boylston family.

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  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Jo Ann Ezell

December 6, 2012

My husband, Charly Ezell, was a very good friend and business associate of Ray. Sadly, Charly also recently passed away on 9-4-12. They are together now.

Todd Beach

December 3, 2012

I would like to send my condolences to Mrs. Boylston and the entire Boylston family. Mr. Boylston was a great man and Safety Professional. He gave me my first real job in Safety at ELB and Assoc (even though I was a Clemson man...he would say). For that I will be eternally grateful. I am sure that I am one of thousands that could say that he had a big impact on my life. It was my honor to have known and worked for him.

Albert Weaver III

November 13, 2012

Ray had a profound influence on me and greatly enhanced and helped shape my career over the nearly 40 years that we worked together from 1973 through the latter part of 2011. And so fitting that he was buried with a felt tip pen in his shirt pocket. Albert Weaver III

November 12, 2012

Bobbie, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.

Clara Weeks Stanton
Augusta, Georgia

Glenda Johns

November 12, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Steven Boyleston

November 11, 2012

Raymond was a kind person who always had time to answer Family History Questions, the first time I called him and said I was from Aiken S. C. He said Hello cousin., we talk for an hour., all of us are indebted to him and his Brother for doing such monumental research on our Family so that we know where we came from. This was not an easy endeavor, research never is. Ray was a Historian and understood the importance of Family and left a remarkable Legacy that we all can keep proud of., Steven Boyleston Aiken South Carolina.

Elizabeth Rice

November 10, 2012

Dear Aunt Bobbie and all the Boylston family, We are all saddened by the passing of 'Uncle Raymond' and although we cannot be with you today, know that we are there in spirit and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was a wonderful man and he made great pancakes! Much love to all of you,
Liz, Matthew's wife, Genoa, Italy

November 10, 2012

Brooks and Dianne, I offer you and your family my deepest sympathy. I did not know your Father, but I saw the picture of your Dad and He looked alot like you, so after reading the obituary I knew who it was, I just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. If I can do anything for you, just let me know. Give my condolences to your family. Rubye & Gene Snyder

Valerie Howell

November 10, 2012

Ray, I was sorry to read about your father in the paper. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Valerie Jones Howell

Vicki Smith

November 10, 2012

Dear Bobbie:
I was very saddened to hear of Ray's death. He was one of the great leaders of the Occupational Safety and Health community in NC and nationally. I worked with Ray for many years while at the NC OSHERC where his wisdom, teaching and mentoring impacted the professional lives of many of our students. I also remember fondly when I was fairly new in my job how you and Ray took me under your wings when our flight back to RDU was delayed for hours one night in Atlanta. Thank you. My thought and prayers are with you and your family. Fondly, Vicki Smith