Jaleesa Gabrielle Boykin, also known as “Tookie” was born September 14, 1989, to Cleveland Boykin and Laura Boykin. She departed this life on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at her home.
Jaleesa loved the Lord and was always ready for Praise and Worship. Her favorite hymn was Yes, God Is Real. As a youth, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She worked diligently in Pine Grove A.M.E. Church in several capacities. She was a member of the Praise Team, Usher Board, Young Adult Ministries, The Allen Christian League, and she worked at every Vacation Bible School with the beginners class, crafting for Christ.
Jaleesa loved her family and friends, but her nieces and nephew were her heart’s delight. Jaleesa was employed at Prisma Health Tuomey. Past employment includes South Carolina State Department of Health and Human Services, United Way, and CitiTrends. In addition to crafting, Jaleesa loved to help plan events and coordinate fun times. Jaleesa served as a bartender and door attendant, and she always found ways to live her best life. She enjoyed family fun by riding her four wheeler and going to family cookouts and outdoor concerts with live music and bands.
Jaleesa was preceded in death by: her grandparents, Gabriel and Francena Boykin and Willie James Dinkins; four uncles, Willie Dinkins, Randolph Dinkins, James Alston, and Milton Boykin; and one aunt, Maggie Dinkins.
Jaleesa leaves to cherish her fond, loving, memories: mother, Laura Boykin of the home; father, Cleveland Boykin of Cassatt, SC; three brothers, Jameel Boykin (Jessica) of Rembert, SC, Jason (Kayla) Boykin of Camden, SC, and Rashad Tate of Turkey Creek, SC. Nieces and nephew, who she loved as her own, Saniyya Boykin of the home, and Jase Boykin, Kayci Boykin and Kelcie Boykin, all of Camden, SC; maternal grandmother, Hattie Pearl Dinkins of Rembert, SC; three uncles, Reverend Lorenzo Dinkins (Lillian) and Ricky Boykin, both of Rembert, SC, and Charles Boykin of Hopkins, SC; five aunts, Priscilla (Frank) Allen, Teresa (Terry) Lee, Sr., and Stephanie Dinkins, all of Rembert, SC, Thomasina Harris of Camden, SC, and Anna Beaufort of Elgin, SC; one greataunt, Marie Smith of Greeleyville, SC; one great-uncle, Stephen Brooks of Oviedo, FL; one godson, Landen Jackson; special friends, Tiaudra Brisbon, Alaysia Washington, Fatice Pollard, Tovoia Cabbagestalk, Andrea Richardson and Jonica Richardson and a host of cousins and friends, who she shared special bonds with, and who will truly miss her.