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Diana B. (Boykin) Herring

December 3, 1947 ~ December 20, 2020 (age 73)

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Diana Herring, 73, of Beaufort, passed away peacefully at home on Dec 20, 2020 following a nearly two-year battle with cancer.

A private grave-side service was held at Bay View Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec 22nd, officiated by Rev. Taylor Mills and Rev. Douglas Byrd.

Diana was born in Raleigh on Dec 3, 1947 to the late John T. Boykin, Jr. and the late Elizabeth Morgan Boykin Martin.

She met her husband, Tom, in college chemistry class and they were married Jun 13, 1970. She loved being a wife, mother and grandma. She also loved her sisters, Jane and Melissa, her 5 dogs, boating, walks on the beach, reading and yardwork with Tom.

She was graceful, hospitable and loved to host friends and family for a big meal. She was happiest when those around her were happy.

As an active member of the community, she participated in the Beaufort Women’s Club, the Bunko group and Ann Street United Methodist Church.

Her family meant the world to her and she had many friends she enjoyed laughing with.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Tom Herring; their adult twin children Christie Shrader of London, KY and Josh Herring and wife Heather of Orlando, FL; 4 grandchildren, Caroline, Lydia, Drew, and Rainey; and 2 sisters, Jane Brown and husband Marty of Beaufort, and Melissa Waide and husband Bill of Virginia Beach.

She is preceded in death by her father John T. Boykin, Jr. and mother Elizabeth Morgan Boykin Martin; her paternal grandparents, John T. Boykin Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Dixon Boykin; and her maternal grandparents, Lelia Morgan Volkay and Nathaniel Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in her name to Ann Street United Methodist Church, 417 Ann Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.

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Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.

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