Robin Boyles said her parents instilled a love of music in their children at an early age that has continued into their adult lives and careers.

“Our whole family is passionate about music and ministry,” said Robin. “We’re all musical, we’re all involved in our churches, and we all love kids. We inherited our parents’ compassion for others and our love of music came from them.”

Robin’s parents, Robert and Frances Harris live in Cullman. They are 90 and 86, respectively. After Robin graduated from Cullman High School she came to Jacksonville State University.

“I did come to JSU on a music scholarship so I just thought that was what I was supposed to do,” said Robin. “I wanted to be a music teacher.”

After receiving a degree in music in 1984, she went to work for Nancy Reid at Children’s House where she taught music, dance and 3-year-old preschool for seven years.

“Mrs. Reid encouraged me to go back and get my early childhood degree,” said Robin. “Little ones and music always seemed to be my life and still are.”

Later Robin also received her master’s degree in early childhood education and an Ed.S degree from JSU. She has taught first grade for the past 22 years at Kitty Stone Elementary School.

“In spite of the fact that I’m not teaching music, we learn a lot in our class through music,” said Robin. “I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be. That’s why I’ve been here so long. I don’t know what the future holds right now, but I’m not planning on retiring anytime soon.”

Robin said she chose to attend JSU because she received a scholarship here and her older brother, Gary Harris of Valley, studied music here.

“He came to JSU when I was in first grade,” said Robin. “He was in the Southerners and got a music degree.”

Gary is now minister of music at a church in Langdale and works with students in the high school band there.

Robin’s sister, Janie Easterwood, is retired from the city and is children’s director at West Point Baptist Church. Her brother, Jeff, is minister of music at the church that Robin grew up in, Northside Baptist in Cullman.

Robin was a junior in high school when she met her husband, Marty, who was a band student of her brother, Gary, at Cleburne County High School. They became engaged on Valentine’s Day in 1982 when Robin was a freshman at JSU. They married in May 1982.

Robin said their three daughters are her best friends.

 “I’m thankful to be in this stage of life where my girls can be my friends,” she said “All the fun we had when they were little has only gotten better since they are grown. They truly are my best friends and we have so much fun together.”

Robin and her family are members of Eaglepoint Church, where she is involved in the children’s ministry.

Robin said she likes to prepare dishes that serve a lot of people.

“My mother is a great cook,” she said. “She is well known for her chocolate cake ministry in Cullman. At the age of 86, she still bakes several cakes and pies each week to take to her friends who are sick or in the nursing home. I didn’t inherit her love of baking, but I do love cooking for my family every day. I enjoy trying new recipes and casseroles.”

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