Paul Dallas Boyd, 76, loved husband, daddy, pop and great-pop, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, September 29, 2013. His entire family surrounded him as he went home, just as they did many Sunday afternoons over the years.
He attended Dickinson Methodist Church and was baptized in the creek at the age of 12. In his early teens he sang on the Sunday Morning Hour Gospel Radio Show with his sisters, Ruby and Lorene. Paul became a member of Dupont City Presbyterian Church in 1954, where he raised his family and sang in the men’s quartet. In the early-90s he joined Judson Baptist Church, where he currently served as an active deacon and sang with his two girls.
Paul graduated in 1955 from DuPont High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a member of the Varsity Club, male chorus, student council, captain of both the football and basketball team and placed in All-County and All-State in football as a fullback. There he met a little majorette named Nancy; they fell in love and married their junior year in high school.
He became a Master Mason of Salina Lodge No. 27 AF&AM in 1964 and also was a 32nd Degree Mason. Paul was a member of Beni Kedem Shrine, where he joined the Clown Unit as “Bodie.” One of his most heartwarming moments was visiting the kids at the Burn Unit and entertaining children at the Shrine Circus. His grandkids loved it when “Pop” dressed in his clown attire. He was past grand patron of the Grand Chapter of the West Virginia Order of the Eastern Star and a 31-year member of Salina Chapter No. 81.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Charles Donald and Grace Evelyn Paxton Boyd; sisters, Mabel “Sis” Dixon, Juanita Taylor and Lillian Cutwright; and brothers, Leonard, Wilford, Robert and Jack. Paul was the baby of 11.
Surviving are his high school sweetheart and wife of 59-and-a-half years, Nancy Bell Hunter Boyd; son, John Paul “Jack” Boyd and his wife, LeeAnn; daughters, Kim Boyd Hutchinson and her husband, Randy, and Cyndie Boyd Prather and her husband, Jeff; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Dustin, Melanie, Jennifer, Amanda, Lauren, Stephanie and Douglas; 10 great-grandchildren, Maddie, Emma Grace, Grant, Xander, Gabby, Jeremyiah, Mason, Kiersten, Olivia and Easton; sisters, Ruby Green and Lorene Guy; brother, Zeke Boyd; brother-in-law, John Hunter; and nephew, Akio Hunter.
He loved God, family, the beach, the Pittsburgh Steelers and any teams that his grandchildren played on. He never wanted to miss anything that the grandkids did. Paul had the biggest heart and was one of the most humble men anyone ever met. He was the neighborhood Dad and Pop to all the kids.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, at Judson Baptist Church, Belle, with Pastor Charles Bolen officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cross Lanes, with Masonic graveside rites performed by Salina Lodge No. 27 AF&AM. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, at the church with an Eastern Star service to be held at 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Judson Baptist Church, 320 E. 8th St., Belle, WV 25015.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to CAMC General Hospital, Dr. Hatem Hossino, Dr. Ron Biswas, nurses, Teresa and Emma, the staff of MICU and 4 South for all their special love and care.