BOYKINS FUNERAL HOME

Records Abstract

  

© Central Texas Genealogical Society, Inc., 2005
c/o West Waco Library & Genealogy Center
5301 Bosque Boulevard, Suite 275
Waco, Texas  76710

FOREWORD
 
Boykins Funeral Home (under one incarnation of the name or the other) served Waco’s black community from 1921 through 1991.
 
In 2004 the Central Texas Genealogical Society, Inc. (CTGS) was given the loan of the Boykins Funeral Home records to abstract, record, and publish.
 
Between April 2004 and April 2005 every page of thirty volumes (including one volume of Waco Undertaking Company covering December 1919 through November 1922) was digitally photographed, saved in .jpg format and abstracted.  The abstract contains volume and page numbers, name of deceased, birth and death dates, cemetery, and pertinent notes.  Any additional documents or notes slipped between the pages of the volumes have also been photographed and included with that volume.  These additional photos include the occasional death certificate, letter, obituary, calendar, payment notes, etc.  Unfortunately Volumes 11 through 13, covering November 1938 through the first part of February 1947 were unavailable to date of this publication.  Should they become available to CTGS, they will also be abstracted and photographed.
 
CDs, each containing the abstract and photographs of one volume, have been given to the Waco-McLennan County Library and heirs of the Boykins family.  For copies of the abstract and/or CDs, please contact CTGS for prices and availability.
 
As is usual for a project of this nature, we would like to offer a disclaimer:  We did the best we could with the knowledge and technology at our disposal.  Many of these volumes were in poor condition and had to be handled very carefully.  For any mistakes or problems, whether clerical or technical, we apologize.
 
Those contributing research, abstracting time and talent, cameras, tripods, proofreading skills, moral support and advice include: Dorcas Beaver, Norma Cannata, Betty Ross Crook, Betty Dupree, Peggy Duty, Kathy Hughes, Norma Thronburg, Mary Lou Trice, Carol Anne Wilson 
Kathy Hughes, 2004-2005 Projects Chair, CTGS

HISTORY OF BOYKINS FUNERAL HOME, WACO, TEXAS
 
A search of McLennan County public records reveals the following:
 
E. G. Boykins was granted an embalmer’s license in November 1920, and the 1921-22 Waco City Directory shows Ewitt G. Boykins associated with the Jones and Boykins Funeral Parlor at 526 South 2nd Street.  Mr. Boykins and his wife, Dovie, lived at 430 Ivy. 
 
The City Directory of 1924 shows the following funeral businesses, designated “C” for colored:  Waco Undertaking, at 111 Bridge Street; Porters Funeral Parlor, at 116 Bridge Street, and Jones and Boykins (J. L. Jones and E. G. Boykins, undertakers) at 526 South Second Street.  The 1924 directory lists Dennis, Walter L. (wife Lula M.), mgr. of Waco Undertaking, and Boykins, Ewitt G. (wife Dovie) at Jones and Boykins.
 
The 1923-1925 ledger of Boykins Funeral Home indicates that the business name in 1923 was Jones and Boykins, and on 19 April 1924 the name was officially changed to Dennis and Boykins, with partners Walter L. Dennis and Ewitt G. Boykins.
 
The Waco City Directory of 1926-1927 shows Dennis & Boykins Funeral Business at 116 Bridge Street.
 
Property was acquired on Webster Street from Frank Chazanow by E. G. Boykins and wife, Pauline Boykins, in January 1943.  The address of the building erected at that location was 212 Webster Street.
 
Lula Dennis, widow of W. L. Dennis, conveyed to E. G. Boykins and his wife all of her interest in the partnership known as Dennis and Boykins Undertaking Company in September 1947.
 
E. G. Boykins died 11 Mar 1972 and his estate, including the Boykins Funeral Home at 212 Webster Street, was left to his wife, Bernea J. Boykins.  In 1973 Mrs. Boykins, serving as independent executrix of the estate of E. G. Boykins, deeded the Boykins Funeral Home to Euwart Boyd Anderson, Marjorie Elizabeth Pryor, and Edythe Eulalia Heslip.  Mrs. Pryor and Mrs. Heslip were nieces of Mr. Boykins, and Mr. Anderson was his great-nephew, the son of Mrs. Heslip.   Mrs. Bernea Boykins died 05 Oct 1977.
 
The building at 212 Webster Street was deemed unsafe by the city of Waco in 1998 and was demolished.
  
Betty Ross Crook

Volume
                  Dates Covered

WU*          01 Dec 1919 – 09 Nov 1922
0                14 Apr 1920 – 02 Dec 1923
1                04 Dec 1923 – 10 Mar 1925
2                09 Mar 1925 – 23 Feb 1926
3                24 Feb 1926 – 19 Apr 1927
4                25 Apr 1927 – 20 Jun 1928
5                20 Jun 1928 – 24 Jun 1929
6                24 Jun 1929 – 26 Jun 1930
7                27 Jun 1930 – 03 May 1933
8                07 May 1933 – 20 Feb 1935
9                27 Feb 1935 – 31 Dec 1936
10              01 Jan 1937 – 31 Oct 1938
11              [missing]
12              [missing]
13              [missing]
14              14 Feb 1947 – 27 Mar 1949
15              27 Mar 1949 – 13 Jun 1951
16              13 Jun 1951 – 16 Nov 1953
17              18 Nov 1953 – 29 Aug 1956
18              30 Aug 1956 – 09 Apr 1959
19              26 Apr 1959 – 16 Apr 1961
20              19 Apr 1961 – 31 Mar 1963
21              28 Mar 1963 – 04 Jan 1965
22              08 Jan 1965 – 03 Dec 1966
23              01 Jan 1967 – 22 Dec 1968
24              25 Dec 1968 – 06 Dec 1970
25              05 Dec 1970 – 18 May 1973
26              24 May 1973 – 08 Nov 1975
27              19 Nov 1975 – 19 Jul 1978
28              21 Jul 1978 – 13 Feb 1982
29              18 Feb 1982 – 06 Jun 1986
30              12 Jun 1986 – 27 Jun 1991
31              25 Jun 1991 – 14 Jul 1992
 
*Waco Undertaking Company

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