Boyd Phillip Falls CHARLOTTE - Boyd Phillip Falls, of Charlotte, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Levine Dickson Hospice House. Mr. Falls leaves behind a legacy of professional, civic and community service. He worked his way up all his life and tried to help others in turn by encouraging them to see things from a different perspective in order to overcome obstacles and embrace each and every opportunity. A son of the late Calvin and Ola Bumgardner Falls, Boyd's early years were spent in Spencer Mountain, NC, where his parents worked at the Spencer Mountain Mill. As a boy, he had a paper route and routinely used the dam at the South Fork Catawba River as a shortcut. He worked in the local grocery store throughout his high school years. Mr. Falls was a proud member of the 1948 graduating class of Lowell High School. Following graduation, he enlisted with the United States Army and served oversees as a Sergeant First Class in Supply, stationed in Büdingen, Germany. Upon his return, he graduated from Mars Hill College in 1956 with an associate's degree and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in accounting and economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1958. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. In 1969, he joined the American Institute of Public Accountants and formed a partnership which evolved over forty years into the firm of Austin & Falls, Certified Public Accountants. In January of 2014, Austin & Falls, CPA's merged with Blair, Bohl & Whitsitt, PLLC. Mr. Falls was one of the founding members and past Chairman of the International Affiliation of Independent Accounting Firms, now part of PrimeGlobal, which is one of the top five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world with 320 member firms in 90 countries. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Accountants. He served as president of S.P.P.A.C.E. and was appointed by the Charlotte City Council and served on the Charlotte Certified Development Corp for five years and served as Treasurer. Mr. Falls held memberships in the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, National Association of the Remodelers Industry (NARI) and the Metrolina World Trade Association. Committed to serving his community, Boyd was a member the Rotary Club of Charlotte, a Master Mason with the Whetstone Lodge 515 for sixty years and a Shriner with the Oasis Temple for fifty-five years. He was a faithful member of the Beacon Sunday School Class at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte. Boyd especially enjoyed horticulture and beekeeping. In 2003, his agave americana "Century Plant" bloomed, sprouting a stalk twenty-two feet high, and was featured on the front page of the Charlotte Observer. He was also devoted to his bees and was a member of the Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association for over ten years. Surviving are his daughter, Laurel S. Falls of Charlotte; son, Chesley G. Falls; granddaughter, Brianna G. Falls, of Belmont and brother, Hunter Falls, of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his spouse of fifty years, Maxine Grant Falls. A service to celebrate the life of Boyd P. Falls will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the chapel of Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, followed by a reception in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests gifts in his memory may be made to St. John's Baptist Church, Endowment Fund, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28203. Please share condolences online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 22, 2014