Kay West

Kay Boyd West of Lumberton passed through Heaven’s gate on Oct. 21, 2011, at the Southeastern Hospice House at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 1 day. A celebration service will be held at 7 tonight at Antioch Baptist Church, to be immediately followed by a time of visitation. She was born in Lumberton, Robeson County, on Nov. 20, 1957, to Kenneth E. Boyd Sr. and wife Barbara Tyson Boyd.

Kay attended and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lumberton from the time of her conception until the year 1978, when she was received into the fellowship of Antioch Baptist Church. At First Baptist she was active in Sunday school, Bible school, childrens choirs and then the youth group, where she was commissioned along with others of the youth group to do missionary work in Texas and Pennsylvania, and other places. At Antioch she was active in the choir, nursery, Sunday school and Bible schools for years. She was a member of the Good Samaritans Sunday School, of which her sister in Christ always showed her kindness, love, and comfort.
On Jan. 1, 1978, she was married to Sam West at Antioch Baptist Church. On Feb. 12, 1985 she gave birth to son Carl, who was and still is the joy of her life.

In her last days she was comforted by her church, hospital and hospice, so many they cannot be counted. Kay loved her faithful pastors, Revs. Mark Meadows, Keith Eggert, and Marc McFarland of Antioch Baptist Church. Her deacon and long time friends, Charles Britt and wife Juanita Coleman Britt. Others special to Kay were Dr. Gail Leget of Whiteville, Dr. James McLeod of the A. J. Robinson Clinic; Dr. Jordan, Dr. Sawar of Southeastern Regional; Dr. Ahmed and Dr Walden of the Gibson Cancer Center; Dr, Lowery and Dr. Onime of Southeastern Hospice House; and especially Joyce Usher, nursing supervisor of the fourth flour at the hospital, whom she said was her Gardian Angel.

She was preceded to Heaven’s gate by her parents; a sister, Barbara Jane Boyd; grandparents, Lemuel Oscar Tyson and Ila Covington Tyson, and Samuel Davis and Ocie Pruitt Boyd; her father and mother-in-laws, Carl and Annie Pearl Todd West and Max and Virginia West Pulanco; and a great-niece, Briyelle Halo Ray .
She was survived by her husband, Sam West of the home; a son, Carl West of the home; and two brothers, Ricky Boyd of Tar Heel and K.E. Boyd Jr. of South Carolina; sister- and brother-in-laws, Sheila Pulanco Russell, Maxine Pulanco Thomas, and husband Wayne Thomas, and Luis Pulanco.

She is also survived by two aunts, Marie Tyson Townsend of Lumberton and Carolyn Baxley Tyson of Georgia; and an uncle, Lindsey Boyd and wife Rudie, both of Tennessee. She is also survived by the following nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, Gilda Boyd Wall and husband Jody, and their children Taylor and Dean Wall of Wendell, Stephen Boyd, and daughter Kenly Boyd, Melanie Russell Willoughby and husband Kevin, and children Justin and Kayley Willoughby, Rick Russell of Mooresville, Steve Thomas and wife Nikki, and daughter, Briley Thomas, Felicia Thomas Nobles and husband Robbie, and their children Morgan, Walker and Dalton Nobles, Jennifer Pulanco Milner, and daughter, Kagney Milner, Allyssa Pulanco Ray and husband Tommy, and children, Malaya Presnell and Camiya Ray, Laura Pulanco, and son, Aidan Pulanco. She is also survived by a host of cousins and extended relatives. In addition she is survived by sister like friends, Lisa Gause Hardee, Jeannie McDole, Julie Lennon Rigsbee, Diane Harper Liles and Gwen Sealey Bengston.

Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, at 5089 Old Whiteville Road, Lumberton, N.C., 28358, and/or to Antioch Christian Academy at 5071 Old Whiteville Road, Lumberton, N.C., 28358. For all those attending tonight who wish to make contributions, the Joash Chest will be set up near the entrance of the church and all donations placed in the chest tonight will be given to the above charities in Kay’s memory.


Submitted by Sam West –









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