Harry “Tokey” Winston Boland, 86, died Friday, July 5th, 2019 in Opp, Alabama following a long battle with Dementia. He was born January 2nd, 1933 to parents Sidney Henry and Adee Grimes, one of eight children. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Ruby Nell (Scarbrough); daughter, Becky Boland Bryson (Corwin Padget) of Monticello, Florida; son, Don Winston (Rhonda) of Opp, Alabama; grandchildren, Jesse Bryson of Dothan, Al; Abby Bryson (Ryan Langan) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Meagan Bryson Ahmad (Abdul) of Tallahassee, Florida; Ashley Hall (Josh) of Opp, Alabama and Zackary Nelson (Mary) of Homewood, Alabama; great-grandchildren, Nelson & Farris Hall and Mae & Rose Nelson; special friends & caregivers Heather Bass and Julia Robertson; brothers, Bill, Charlie Jack, and Jearl; and sister, Betty.
He was given the nickname “Tokey” by the mailman as he loved to meet him and help carry, or tote, the mail. Harry graduated from Opp High School where his favorite subject was math and he was known for correctly answering advance problems at a young age. He married Ruby Nell in 1954 and at age 21 started working at Micolas Cotton Mill sweeping floors while serving in the National Guard. He found he had a natural ability with machines and understanding how they operated. His talent with fixing the large loom machines was noticed by the Mill management and Harry was sent to a specialized school to learn how to better service the machines. While his children were still young he bought a farm outside of Opp where he produced vegetables and raised cows, sharing with many in the community. During his time at the mill, Harry saved the life of a local police officer and his bravery earned him a commendation from Governor Wallace. He would continue to be promoted and by the time he retired he was a supervisor in the carding room where the cotton fibers would be assembled before spinning.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens in Opp, Alabama. Donald Hall will be officiating with Wyatt Funeral Home directing.
*Should there be inclement weather the graveside service will be held at Wyatt Funeral Home