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"Coach" John Steven Boyles

November 2, 1969 - November 23, 2021

John Steven Boyles, loving husband and friend of many, passed away peacefully at the age of 52 on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. John was surrounded by his devoted wife Sue Boyles and family members at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ.  John was predeceased in death by his mother Diane Rogers Boyles and father Donnie Steve Boyles.  He is survived by wife Sue Turner Boyles, ‘daughter’ Brittany Hillgen, father-in-law William A. Turner and ‘favorite’ mother-in-law Shirley E. Isenhour, brothers-in law William W. Turner and wife Jodie Diaz; David C. Turner and wife Nancy Turner; and James D. Turner and wife Lisa Papa Turner.  Nieces and nephews include, Kristin Turner, Beth Turner, Davey Turner, Matt Turner, J.J. Turner, Scott Turner, Steven Fowler, Megan Fowler, Jordan Fowler and Jonathan Fowler.  Great nieces include Madison and Annie Gutschall.

John grew up in King, NC and graduated from South Stokes High School. He was part of the marching band, tennis team and routinely participated in church league and travel softball.

John graduated East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994. John was the manager for women’s Lady Pirates softball team at ECU. Arrrgh!  Go Pirates.

John had a passion for all sports though baseball, basketball and football were his love. He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan even though marrying into a Philadelphia Eagles family and loved the Atlanta Braves.

John resided in Ahoskie, NC, and worked 18 years in Bertie County School System as a Middle School Physical Education and Health Teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director.  He was active with afterschool programs, Relay for Life, First Responder and served as a mentor and father figure to his students.  So many young adults today are on the right track in their lives because of the values that John helped instill in them.  Being called ‘Coach’ is a huge word and he fulfilled his duty as such.  God placed John in a position that he could nurture students and athletes – and that he did well.

John, John Boyles, John-John, JB and Coach Boyles you will deeply be missed. Until we meet again.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on January 8, 2022 at 2:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and the family will receive friends immediately following the service. There will be a time for refreshments and reminiscing with stories of how John touched many lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the American Kidney Foundation, the American Liver Foundation, or the athletics program in Bertie County school system or school of your choice. It’s all for the kids.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is assisting with the service and condolences may be directed to the Boyles family by visiting



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Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm

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