Boykins chooses town historian

Published 2:56 pm Wednesday, October 22, 2008

BOYKINS—Lifelong resident Kitty Lassiter has officially been named town historian.

“I’m the oldest person around, so I suppose that’s how I got the job,” Lassiter said with a laugh.

Mayor Spier Edwards appointed Lassister to the volunteer position during last week’s town council meeting.

Edwards said Norman S. Beaton wrote the history of Boykins Depot and the town from 1835 to 1955.

“We haven’t had anyone to bring our history up to date,” he said. “Nobody else has taken the time.”

Lassiter, 85, is a lifelong resident of Boykins and keeps scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about the town. She has been married to Roy Lassiter for 63 years.

“I guess I do know more history about Boykins than anyone else,” Lassiter said. “I asked Spier Jr. what I would be doing as historian and he said, ‘just keep on doing what you’re doing.’”

Edwards said he envisions having Lassiter write down more of her memories of growing up and living in Boykins.

“We have a town chaplain, a town clerk, a town treasurer, so why not a town historian,” he asked. “We need someone who can officially document the history of our town. If we don’t write it down, we will lose it.”