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Howard Southerland Boney, Jr
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1947
Edgecombe County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 2011
Edgecombe County
North Carolina, USA

The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC
April 14, 2011
Former District Attorney remembered by community
W. Terry Smith

The Daily Southerner — News of Howard Boney's death sent shock waves throughout the community he loved, Tarboro and the legal venues in the Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties.

Boney, 63, died Tuesday at his residence. He had been cancer-free for years but suffered severe migraine headaches. His funeral will be Friday.

He had been district attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit that included Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties for 28 years before he retired in 2009. He then worked at the Bennett & Gulley law firm in Rocky Mount.

"He had been sick for awhile," said Trisha Harris of the firm. "Every day he would call in and say he would try to be in by the end of the week.

"I talked to him on Monday. This is a shock. Howard was a pleasure to work with. I enjoyed just talking with him. He was a very caring person, very personable. We will really miss him."

Boney was born and raised in Tarboro. He graduated from Tarboro High School. He received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of North Carolina.

"I always considered him a friend even though in past years I didn't see him as much. Whenever I did see we would pick up the conversation like we had just talked yesterday instead of months ago. I always enjoyed the times I did see him, District Court Judge Joseph J. Harper Jr. said.

"He was a shrewd politician, a strong Democrat."

Harper described Boney as a "very caring person, kind. It hadn't really sunk in. It's a real shock."

Superior Court Judge frank Brown hired Boney as an assistant district attorney.

"He was always recognized as a very smart man and tough prosecutor," Brown said "I made a great choice when I offered him employment."

Gov. Hunt appointed Boney D.A of the 7th Circuit, succeeding Brown.

"We were always friends and supportive of each other," Brown said. "He knew how to get things done whether the political world or courtroom.

"I always admired him for his loyalty, generosity and love of people," Brown said. "I will miss him."

Stephen Graham worked as an assistant district attorney under Boney since July 1987.

"It was a wonderful experience," Graham said. "Howard was a unique prosecutor. He was excellent in the courtroom. He was very good to work for because he let you make your style."

"He was a pleasure to work for. He never met a stranger. It's a shock, a real loss."

Jane Caison, who worked in the D.A.'s office during Boney's entire career, said, "Over the 33 years I knew him, I came to respect him as a boss, admire his superior knowledge and talent in the courtroom and love him like a broither."

Kay Farmer worked as a victim witness legal assistant in the D.A. office for 20 years.

"He was may boss as well as my friend," she said. "If you knew Howard, you loved Howard. He knew more people and had more friends ...

"One thing I will always remember is how wonderful a son he was to his parents.

"This is very sad."

"If Howard had an enemy in the world, I didn't know know it," said Superior Judge Walter Godwin. "He was a wonderful person and an excellent trial lawyer. He could get the jury in the palm of his hand."

Bruce Joyner as a back-door neighbor to Boney.

"He is a dear friend," Joyner said. "I don't know of anybody who didn't like him. He was always doing something for some else."

Joyner said he and Boney used to go to a month ever so often and eat out with friends Ben Mayo and Kenneth Edwards.

"Howard was a true gentleman. I don't know of anyone who ever went to him for help that he denied."

Robert Evans who succeeded Boney said Boney was "the last of the cigar-chomping DAs who could spin a funny tale and had a soft spot in his heart.

"This was an especially sad day for the D.A.'s office," he said. "Many of the people still here worked for Howard. He was a friend."

Boney was the first district attorney in North Carolina to develop and implement a victim-witness program for their judicial district, which assists victims and witnesses in their involvement with the court system.

The 7th Judicial District also was the first in the state to establish Child Justice Centers for services for child abuse victims as well as their families.

He was appointed to the Governor's Crime Commission and served as a member for 15 years. He held many local positions, including being the chairman of the Tarboro Redevelopment Commission for 17 years, and a member for 35 years.

April 14, 2011
FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER The Daily Southerner Thu Apr 14, 2011, 03:19 PM EDT

The Daily Southerner — HOWARD S. BONEY JR.

Howard Southerland Boney Jr., 63, of Tarboro, died at his home Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at St. James United Methodist Church in Tarboro with the Rev. Jim Wilson and the Rev. Caswell Shaw oficiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Boney was born in Tarboro on April 19, 1947, and graduated from Tarboro High School. He received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in Law School, he served as Attorney General for the University of North Carolina Law School. He practiced law as a member of the Fountain, Goodwyn & Boney Law Firm in Tarboro.

He became an Assistant District Attorney in 1978 and later appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt to serve as District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District.

He served with distinction in that position for 28 years before his retirement in 2009. Boney was an active member of the St. James United Methodist Church. He will be long remembered for his compassion, generosity, loyalty and love of people. He was missed as District Attorney and will be missed in life.

Boney was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Vivian Boney.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Jane Boney Stagg and husband, Ken; and two nephews, Kenny Stagg and wife Heather and Bill Stagg and fiancée Michelle Hall.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Carlisle Funeral Home in Tarboro.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the St. James United Methodist Church at 211 E. St. James St., Tarboro NC 27886.

Funeral services are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro.
Family links: 
  Howard S Boney (1908 - 1993)
  Vivian Fisher Boney (1912 - 2002)
  Hiran Boney (1945 - 1945)*
  Hiram Boney (1945 - 1945)*
  Howard Southerland Boney (1947 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Edgecombe County
North Carolina, USA
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