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Sylvia Boston

December 14, 1963 ~ October 13, 2020 (age 56)

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"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1


Sister Sylvia Boston was born December 14, 1963 in Hampton County, South Carolina to Virginia Smith and Louis Burison. She was a loving and caring person to all who came to know he


Her Christian Journey began at an early age at Goodwill Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. George Hutto, where she was baptized. After her marriage, she, her husband, and daughters supported ministries led by her brothers-in-law (Bishop Nathaniel Small, Sr., New Salem Community Fellowship and Pastor Clarence Williams, First Tabernacle and Pilgrim Baptist of Savannah).  On Sunday, October 15, 1995, New Salem became their home church and their four daughters followed right behind them. In the ministry, she was a member of the Adult Sunday School Class and the Sisterhood Ministry. She was appointed and anointed by Pastor Small to serve as a Youth Director, and one of the teachers for Vacation Bible School. On Sunday, April 8, 2007, Pastor Small announced to the congregation, he was appointing Sister Sylvia Boston to the Mother's Ministry and anointed her on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, 2007 as one of the Mothers of New Salem. Sister Boston and her husband Reverend Herbert J. Boston were chartered members of Pilgrim Baptist Church of Savannah under the leadership of Pastor Clarence Williams, Jr., in January 2013.  Her relationship with the Lord was essential in her walk and the word of God was a light unto her path.


Sylvia and her husband Jeffrey were married on March 2, 1990.  Her LOVE for Jeffrey was one made of deep devotion, a bond that could never be broken.  The two of them together cared for four beautiful daughters: Sabrina, Shynekia, Nandi & Bainta, the apples of her eye.


Sylvia was educated in the public schools of Hampton District Two.  She was a 1980 graduate of Estill High School.  She received her associate degree from the University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie campus, where she played on the intermural basketball team. In May of 2009, Sylvia graduated from the University of South Carolina, Aiken, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  It gave her great pride and joy to continue her education and set an example for her daughters. In her professional career, she was a card-carrying member of Local 709 Iron Worker’s International. She worked as a substitute teacher in Hampton School District II. She loved to support her community and enjoyed the game of basketball. She worked for the United States Census Bureau up until the time of her death.


Our Heavenly Father dispatched HIS holy angels to surround Sister Sylvia and to strengthen and comfort her family, who was at her bedside as she made her peaceful transition into the gates of Heaven.  She entered eternal peace on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.


Sylvia leaves to mourn her loving husband of 30 years, Herbert J. Boston, Estill, SC; her mother, Virginia Smith, Estill, SC; her father, Louis (Annie) Burison, Estill, SC; her four beautiful daughters, Sabrina R. Riley, Greenville, SC, Shynekia J. Riley, Spartanburg, SC, Nandi S. Boston and Bainta P. Boston both of Estill, SC; two grandsons, Howard Isaiah Garner and Carter Lamont Busby; her only granddaughter, Novah Noelle Dobson; her siblings, Eugene Riley, Estill, SC, Sarah Perkins, Bluffton, SC, Virginia (Melvin) Green, Augusta, GA, Ray (Damita) Riley, Augusta, GA, Gervais (Joyce) Burison, Estill, SC; Louis A. Burison, Jr., Estill, SC; Lillie (Gene) Sanders, Hampton, SC, Dwayne W. Burison, Indianopolis, IN and the late Jerome (Debra) Bryant, Scotia, SC; honorary parents, Nick and the late Willie M. Best, Estill, SC; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

  "She has fought a good fight, finished her course and kept the faith"


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October 21, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Martin Funeral Home Chapel
161 Clarke Avenue South
Estill, SC 29918

Graveside Service
October 22, 2020

1:00 PM
Sweetrose Baptist Church Cemetery
Grasshill Road
Estill, SC 29918

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