Spencer Wallace Boyd Jr. of Montreat, N.C., passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012.
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Mr. Boyd was born on October 7, 1931, in Atlanta, Ga., to the late Verdery Rosenbusch Boyd and Spencer Boyd Sr.
At age 8, Spencer went to camp. When he returned home, he told his father that he would someday be a camp director and coach. Spencer made good on that promise, beginning his coaching career as senior diving and swimming instructor at Atlanta's Piedmont Driving Club while still in high school. He started his first summer camp at Atlanta's Chastain Park while attending the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship. While at UGA, he also represented the United States as a springboard diver on the HavaAtlanta Swimming Team, competing in both Cuba and Atlanta.
After graduation, Spencer served as a commissioned officer in the Air Force before returning to Atlanta to establish Keywayden Camp at Lake Laurel. Outgrowing that space, the camp moved to a site in Roswell, where he and his wife, Dot, developed it into the largest camp in Georgia devoted to coaching young men and women to national prominence in athletics, several who became All-Americans.
When I-400 was built across the camp property, Spencer turned to commercial real estate for several years. The desire to work with young people soon pulled him back into camping, however, and he purchased Camp Merri-Mac for girls in Black Mountain, N.C. He later added Camp Timberlake for boys. In 1968, he served on the U.S. Olympic Diving Committee.
Spencer was a Kiwanian, a Rotarian, an All-American diver and a musician, but he most loved horses, showing and fox hunting for many years with Shake-A-Rag Hounds.
Spencer is preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Coe Boyd; six sons, 11 grandchildren, a brother, George (Sara) Boyd of Atlanta; and a sister, Verdery (Mike) Kennedy of Statesboro, Ga.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Black Mountain's St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in Ridgecrest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 2, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon at Harwood Home for Funerals.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hope for Horses, http://www.hopeforhorses.org.
Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals; www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com.
Statesboro Herald, January 2, 2013
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