2017-11-02 / Obituaries

William O. Boyd

Funeral services with full military honors celebrating the life of William O. Boyd, 93, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Church of the Mediator in Washington. Visitation will be at the home at 210 E. Robert Toombs Avenue from 5-7 p.m. on Friday November 3. Rev. Boyd, retired Rector Emeritus of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, died October 25, 2017.

Rev. Boyd was born in Brownsville, Tennessee, and was married for 48 years to his beloved wife Betty, who preceded him in death in 2002. He had lived in Washington since 1972.

He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and then Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He was ordained into the Episcopal Priesthood in 1953 and served parishes in Morristown, Tennessee, Cedartown, Georgia, and Greensboro, Georgia, as well as in Washington. He served on a number of diocesan committees and contributed his skills through his ministry to the betterment of God’s kingdom for many years.

Boyd was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European theater. After his discharge, he was later commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve, serving as a Chaplain and retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Boyd was devoted to the support of his family and their interests, particularly his children’s sports, band, and club activities, and Betty’s continual to-do lists. He was a very active member of the Washington Kiwanis Club. He was a skilled woodworker, and a part of him lives on in the furniture and other projects he made that grace many homes. He particularly enjoyed living in the Victorian cottage that he and Betty painstakingly restored.

One of his greatest loves was his association with the Church of the Mediator, which he served and led faithfully as Rector for 18 years, and then was blessed to continue to attend until his death. He was also blessed by the continuing support and love by the town of Washington, and both were better for his having been a resident. Although he is gone in body, his spirit lives on and all have been blessed by his life well lived.

Survivors include his sister, Mary Moore of Hoschton, Georgia; his son, Will (wife Beth) of Spartanburg, S.C.; his daughter Libbet Turner (husband Rich) of Warner Robins, Georgia; as well as four grandchildren: Trey Boyd (wife Julie), Graham Boyd (fiancé Emily Pontieri), James Turner, and Simon Turner.

Boyd faithfully supported the Episcopal Church of the Mediator and the American Cancer Society, and in lieu of flowers, donations to either of these two institutions are suggested.

Hopkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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