James Wendell Boyd, 84, of Meredosia, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by family after a two year battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Meredosia, the son of the late Wilbur and Lena Battefeld Boyd. James married Norma Tweedy on July 12, 1953, in Meredosia, and she survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Renee (husband, Rick) Browning of Meredosia; two sons, Steve of Green River, WY, and Shawn (wife, Susie) of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Ashley Browning, Hannah Browning, and Devin Jackson; two great grandchildren, Isabella Hull and Emma Graham, and a third great granddaughter on the way this summer. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela, in infancy; and his sister, Norma Askins.
Mr. Boyd was a 1948 graduate of Meredosia High School, where he was a standout basketball player. He then began work at his father's button factory, driving a truck, cutting buttons, and running the business when his father was out of town. James was also a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and France. After returning from the service, he worked for CIPS in Meredosia, retiring after 42 years. While working at the power plant, he was elected and served as Mayor of Meredosia from 1969-1981. After his many years of service, the city park was named "James Boyd Park" in his honor. During retirement, he worked part time for the Cass County Star Gazette making deliveries, which his family called his "paper route."
Jim was a devoted husband that was always there for his kids. He enjoyed Steve's high school and college sporting events, spending time with Renee's family and grandchildren, and teaching Shawn the family business of button cutting. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed taking his family to games. He also liked traveling, especially taking family vacations, and he continued traveling with Norma in retirement. Jim enjoyed having coffee with the guys every day and never knew a stranger. He will be missed by all.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia, with burial at Oakland Cemetery. A visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Meredosia Rescue Squad or the Meredosia American Legion Post 516, both of which Jim's family is grateful for. Condolences may be left online at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Apr. 8, 2014