Jones named potentate for Sudan Shriners

Boykin appointed outer guard

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NEW BERN — Noble Edwin “Teeny” Jones from the Wilson County Shrine Club was elected potentate of Sudan Shriners for 2018 at Sudan’s annual meeting and election of officers in New Bern. He is the chief executive officer and will exercise general supervision over the temple.

He is responsible to Shriners International for the overall management of the 4,100-plus membership of Sudan.

Jones was first appointed to the Sudan Divan by Aubrey Nichols, past potentate, in 2009. He retired from Eagle Transport Corp. on Dec. 31 after 32 years of service, serving as the vice president of marketing and sales. He is married to the former Rebecca “Becky” Capps. They have two married daughters and two grandchildren.

Christopher Boykin

Noble Christopher C. Boykin of the Wilson County Shrine Club has been appointed as the outer guard. Jones made the appointment at the annual business meeting and election of officers in New Bern.

“Outer guard” is a ceremonial term given to the newest member of the five appointed members of the board of directors for Sudan Shriners.

Boykin is a retired deputy sheriff having served in law enforcement for more than 25 years at the Wilson and Johnston county sheriffs’ offices. He and his wife, Lou Ann, reside in Sims.


Sudan concluded its 100th anniversary celebration on Jan. 26 and kicked off a second 100 years of dedication and work for Shriners Hospitals for Children at the 2018 Winter Ceremonial. Forty-six new nobles were taken into the fraternity. Sudan’s membership is now at 4,192 with 37 Shrine clubs and 47 parade units scattered across the jurisdiction.

Shrine centers are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Germany, the Philippines and Brazil. Sudan now has more than 550 patients receiving treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children for pediatric care, burn injuries, lip and cleft palate and treatment for spinal injuries. These patients are treated regardless of the patients’ or parents’ ability to pay.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has treated and cared for more than 1 million patients. For more information, call 800-237-5005 or 864-271-3444 for patient referrals.