3205 Randall Parkway, Suite 202
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Geannine M. Boyette practices
in the areas of Domestic and
Criminal Law, dealing with
issues such as Child Custody
and Support, Spousal Support,
Equitable Distribution, Divorce,
DWI, criminal and traffic violations.
Geannine also devotes a fair share
of her practice to defending
individuals against the
Department of Social Services.
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“I felt that we were pioneers,”
Marlene says. “The only thing
we knew about fish was
shrimp in a cocktail glass.
“I FLEW WITH COWBOYS,” she
says. “They were something else.
These guys flew in the mountains
of West Virginia. You had to be a
cowboy to fly in that. Small towns,
up and back down again. It was a lot
of fun. I loved my job.”
She also fell in love with a hand-some
young pilot. Glenn Hieron-ymus
was a copilot flying out of
Winston-Salem when they met. The
couple got engaged and purchased
a 41-foot Hatteras. They docked it
at Wrightsville Beach, imagining an
idyllic life of frequent trips to the coast
to take the boat out.
But the trips weren’t as frequent as
they had hoped, and the costs were
more than they expected.
“It got too expensive, so we decided
to change it into a charter boat,” she
says. “Charter fishing didn’t pay much,
but at least it was a tax write-off for
Their life took a dramatic change
after one particularly memorable trip.
“We caught 228 Spanish mackerel
once,” she says. “I said, ‘What are we
going to do with all this fish?’ He said,
‘We’ll sell it to local restaurants.’”
The charter boat became a commer-cial
fishing boat, and in 1972, a
business was born.
“I quit the airlines and became a
fisherwoman,” Hieronymus says.
Glenn’s brothers joined the business.
They were all landlubbers, so there was
a steep learning curve.