Leigh Carlton Boyce

September 20, 1984 - May 5, 2013
Leigh Carlton Boyce


Leigh Carlton Boyce, age 28, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at her residence in Wilmington, North Carolina. The family will receive friends at Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 beginning with a brief Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. Services in Wilmington will be 11 am Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

A native of Greensboro, Leigh was born on September 20, 1984 along with her twin sister, Kelli and with her big sister Kristin close by. Leigh will always be remembered as the free spirit, the one who marched to a different drummer and the precocious child who grew into a happy, fun and free-spirited adult.

Leigh was currently enrolled in the radiology program at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, NC. She was working as a server at the Copper Penny in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Leigh lived all over the country. She grew up in Greensboro, NC, but also lived in Roanoke, Virginia, Asheville, NC, Seattle, Washington, and then she finally resided in Wilmington, NC for the past two years. She was a free spirit and lived her life to the fullest every day.

Leigh played Roller Derby for The Blue Ridge Roller girls in Asheville, NC for years and she also played for the Jet City Roller Girls in Wilmington, NC. Her roller derby name was “Disorderlee Conduct.” She was a valuable team player and won many awards.

Leigh loved taking her dog Chloe for long walks on the beach or in the park. Chloe was the love of Leigh’s life. They went everywhere together. Chloe loved to snuggle under the covers with Leigh. Leigh was a beloved sister, daughter and friend and will be forever remembered for her infectious laugh, sweet nature and gregarious spirit.

Leigh is preceded in death by her brother, Michael Earl Boyce, and grandparents Earl and Blanche Hodges and Claire and Mike Boyce.

Leigh is survived by her parents, father Barry Russell Boyce, of Wilmington NC, mother Jan Hodges Boyce, of Greensboro NC, sister Kristin Boyce and twin-sister Kelli Boyce of Greensboro, brothers Nick Boyce and Ryan Bennett of Wilmington; and sister-friend Rebecca Dodson; aunt and uncles Marc and Su Hodges of Marietta GA, and Joan Boyce and Lynn Purdie of Greensboro; cousins Luke and Katy Hodges of Marietta GA, and John, Charles and David Purdie of Greensboro. Also surviving are second mothers June Dodson and Laura Lee of Greensboro and a host of friends all over the United States.

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  • May 13, 2013
    Donna Uguccioni says:
    To Leigh's family, I am so sorry for your loss and your are in my thoughts during this difficult time. Leigh was a student in my class this semester and also someone I knew from Copper Penny and downtown wilmington. She was a wonderful student and I was always glad to see her in class. She always had a smile on her face and an attentive attitude in her eyes. She was one of my favorite students and she will be truly missed.

  • May 13, 2013
    Mary Paschall-Strader says:
    Jan, I am so sorry to hear of your daughters death. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family. It 's been a long time sence our days at Sears but I think of you often. I would love to see you. May God bless and comfort as only He can. Lovingly, Mary

  • May 11, 2013
    Paula P. Rivenbark says:
    Thinking about you today.

  • May 17, 2013
    Antiika says:
    There was a time when I first started finoowllg your posts that I told you I'd be willing to be your friend. I stand true in my words. My heart stands with empathy, instead of sympathy. I can say I know how you feel and be completely honest about it. I have love for you whether or not I know you outside of blogs. I'm sad that you feel sad. I hope the loved one lost finds peace, along with all who grieve over the passing. Even though I'd be the one who'd sit there next to you silently, there will always be people that care, no matter how much of a stranger they are. Much love and well wishes. Alissa