James Thornton Boyd, Jr.

July 12, 1947 - April 29, 2014

James (“Jim”) Thornton Boyd, Jr., age 66, went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2014, after a courageous two year battle with prostate cancer. Jim was at home surrounded by his closest friends and his loving family. Jim was born on July 12, 1947 to James, Sr. and Winn (Griffin) Boyd in Mobile, Alabama, and he married Kim on December 21, 1970.

Jim was a 1969 graduate of Auburn University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a decorated member of the United States Air Force who proudly served during the Vietnam War. Following his service to his country, Jim became a proud member of the Richardson Fire Department where he faithfully served for 25 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Texas.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Kim Boyd, of Anna, Texas; two sons, Lee G. Boyd and wife Jessica of Gillette, Wyoming, and Casey T. Boyd and wife Emily of McKinney, Texas; grandson, Andrew James Boyd, of Gillette, Wyoming, and granddaughters McKenley Grace and Parker Pearl Boyd both of McKinney, Texas; sister, Patricia Everett and her husband Stanley of Houston, Texas; brother-in-law Vernon Pugh, Sr. of Mobile, Alabama; his nieces, Ashley Wieck of Mobile, Alabama, and Laura Basso and Stephanie Shanklin, both of Houston, Texas, and Noung Luu of Plano, Texas; and his nephews James Boyd Pugh and Vernon Pugh, Jr. of Mobile, Alabama, and Max Everett of Washington, D.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James T. Boyd, Sr. and Winn Griffin Boyd, and his sister Gayle Pugh.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation being held Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

 

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To The Boyd Family, we are so saddened by the loss of Jim. He was such a dear sweet man and a great friend. No matter what was going on he always greeted you with his beautiful smile. We feel so fortunate to have known him. He made this world a better place and will be missed. Praying for you during this difficult time. Jim, thank you for the good times, good laughs and the great friendship. We had some good times and we will always remember you with smiles and great memories. Till we meet again my friend. Rest in peace. Ronnie and Janie Tucker, May 11, 2014 Jim was one of the sweetest and kindest co-workers. His gentle nature and dear smile will always linger in my fire department memories. My deepest sympathy goes to his wife and family at this sad time. Diana Else, May 3, 2014 Jim was my first driver in RFD and certainly taught me the correct way to check a fire engine and act as a driver. I thank Jim for his mentorship and providing a guiding light to us "rookies". Jim, you will not be forgotten and we all know your name lives on in many many places. Thank you again for being such a good person. Robert Fite, May 2, 2014 Kim,Lee,Casey and Family, I was so very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was such a wonderful family man, and loved by so many, I know you will all miss him terribly. My prayers are with the Boyd family always. In Christian Love, Marilyn Sue Smith, May 1, 2014 It was a privilege to have known Jim Boyd. A donation has been sent in remembrance of Jim to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary by Elizabeth and Barry Everett, and their Old Friends: Marvin and Argyle. Elizabeth and Barry Everett, May 1, 2014