Community leader Grethel Boyette dies

GRETHEL BOYETTE

Grethel Boyette was one of Kenly’s most productive civic leaders although she usually preferred to be in the background of what was happening.

She died at age 96 last Monday.

If anything successful occurred in Kenly in the 1980s through the 1990s, it was almost a given that Boyette was involved with it.

She was a founding member of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum and was chair of the main building project.

She was chair of the museum’s farmstead that she personally oversaw when it was moved from a farm near Micro to its current location at the museum.

She personally went through all of the items associated with the farmstead and made museum exhibits.

She was always involved in what became displayed at the museum.

But, she did much more. Behind the scenes Boyette almost single-handedly rebuilt the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s after membership fell off.

She went business to business encouraging each owner to join with other businesses to promote the greater Kenly area.

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