BOYD, RUBY JEAN - of Harriman, TN departed this life April 19, 2013 at Tennova Hospice. Jean loved the Lord. She was baptized at an early age at New Century Methodist Church and later was converted to the Seventh Day Adventist faith where she was a founding member of the Sevier Street Seventh Day Adventist Church. She served as Sabbath School teacher, Church Treasurer, Presiding Elder and Church Mother. She was one of the first female elders to serve in the Seventh Day Adventist South Central Conference and it was in this role that she traveled domestically and abroad. Jean was married to Jack Boyd in August 1943; two children were born to this union, Gary Allen (Ft. Washington, MD) and Alvin Stanley (Fresno, CA); and she was a mother to Charles Earl Boyd, Gracie Walker, and Joyce Philpott. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Boyd; daughter, Joyce Philpot, several brothers and sisters. Survivors: sons, Gary A. (Rachel), Alvin, Charles Earl; daughter, Gracie; brother, Arthur (Veree); sisters, Laura Ann, Carol (Bobby), Francine, Pamela; 13 grandchildren; 2 god-daughters; long-time friend, Bonnie Coleman; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Family will receive friends 10:00 to 12:00 noon Friday, April 26, 2013 at Bazeltown Baptist Church, 891 Bazel Road, Harriman, TN 37748. Funeral services 12:00 noon, Rev. Nathan D. Williams, Officiating. Interment: Roane Memorial Gardens. Family will assemble at 979 Sevier Street, Harriman, TN 37748. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 24, 2013