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Obituary - Lt. Col. Boyce H. Rhyne

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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 10:47 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Fri Mar 30, 2018.

On March 24, 2018, two days before his 98th birthday, USAF Lt. Col. Boyce H. Rhyne (Ret.) went home to Jesus.  

He was born in Bessemer City, North Carolina, in 1920 to Ellis Junius Rhyne and Julia Florence Boyce Rhyne.  

He began his military career with ROTC while at Davidson College, NC, in 1937.  In 1942 he was drafted.  He graduated from Bombsight Maintenance School in 1943, courtesy of the U.S. Army Air Corps.  On July 27, 1947, the U.S. Air Force was established separate from the Army.  During his Air Force career, he traveled all over the world and was stationed at many bases.  He spent three years

stationed in England from 1959-1962, then in January 1962 was transferred to Kincheloe A.F.B, Michigan.  He was the Squadron Commander there, and, in January 1967, retired after almost 30 years of military service as a Lt. Col.  

He was married to Alice Tarrant Payne for over 55 years and they and their two children moved to Homestead, Florida, after his retirement from the Air Force.  Once settled in Homestead, he went on to work for the City of Miami for another ten years before he retired again.  

He is survived by his daughter, Marian Rhyne Colli; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard Boyce Rhyne and Rebeca L. Rhyne; his grandsons, Christopher Boyce Rhyne and Michael Joaquin Rhyne; his granddaughters Jennifer Alice Barnett, Alyssa Rebeca Rhyne and Julia Eileen Barnett; his great granddaughter Alice Sophia Morgan; and many nieces and nephews in the Carolinas, including Henry and Julia Smith Bellew and their daughters; Ashley Smith Hood and her daughters; Carolyn and Bucky Renner and their children; and, George and Becky Newman and their children.  Boyce was well loved by all and will be missed by all who knew him.  

He was a Southern Gentleman through and through, and a had strong belief in God, which his actions exemplified.  He served God, his family and his Country well. He is a great loss to all.  

Services will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, Florida, at 11:00 am (viewing at 10:30 am) followed by a brief graveside service and a reception to be held at the First United Methodist Church of Homestead, 622 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL.

In lieu of flowers, Boyce requested donations be made to the USO.