Bennard Ree "Bill" Boyd, born in Logansport on March 11, 1929, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Calico Rock, Ark.
Funeral services were held Monday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, with burial in Bethel Cemetery in Logansport.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Rivers Boyd of Mountain View, Ark.; one son, Bill G. Boyd and wife, Jelene, of Houma; four daughters, Vicki Boyd Hazelwood and husband, Richard, of New Iberia, Donna Boyd Nalley and husband, Scott of Whitehouse, Texas, Mary Katherine Gunn of Houston, and Cynthia Gayle Justice of Little Rock, Ark.; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Fox Boyd and Ida Daughtery Boyd; two brothers, Alto Boyd and D.B. Boyd; four sisters, Marie Skinner, Verona Rodgers, Edith Martin and Jessie Spearman; and one son, Larry Wayne Boyd.
Bill was a Christian and a Southern Baptist.
In 1962, he followed the oil boom to south Louisiana, where his employers included B.J. Services. In the early 1960's he became self-employed and opened an automotive shop south of Houma. He soon expanded his services to include auto-body repair and eventually started what became one of the largest towing companies in south Louisiana. He was one of the founding members and past president of Towing and Repair Professionals of Louisiana. He worked with state lawmakers to fashion legislation to regulate and standardize the towing profession.
He loved his family and his work. He was happiest when he was with his children and grandchildren and when he was swimming in a south Louisiana bayou to hook a cable to a half-submerged car.
In 2004, he sold his business and retired, and at the end of 2005, he moved to Mountain View, Ark.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport is in charge of arrangements.