Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Earl H Boyd, 92 ½, returned to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Owensboro.
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CSM Boyd was born to Herman and Minnie Suth-erlin Boyd in Equality, Ohio County, on his Mother's 29th birthday. He was educated in Muhlenberg and McLean County's, attaining a GED, Ordnance, EOD, NCO school and War College, all through the military. Though more recently attending Hall Street Baptist and Macedonia Baptist Churches, his member-ship is at Buck Creek Baptist Church in McLean County.
CSM Boyd began his work career with whatever odd jobs were available to a farming community including the oil fields, Livermore Chair Factory and driving a truck for Kendall-Hill Produce Co. in Owensboro. He enlisted in the U.S. Army mid-World War II in 1943, serving with the 33rd Infantry Division, an activated National Guard Unit, known as The Golden Cross. Boyd worked in Heavy and Medium Artillery Ordnance, then later as an inspector with the bomb squad. CSM Boyd's foreign service took him to the Pacific Islands of Morotai and New Guinea, Japan and The Philippine Islands, South Korea, France and Germany. After retiring from active duty, Boyd continued at Fort Knox as a manager of the Post Taxi and Limousine Service, totaling most of five decades of Federal service.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents; three daughters, Roxanna Boyd (infant), Rhonda Hogan and Patsy Austin; his second wife, Ada Boyd; a brother and sister-in-law, Thurman and Bodine Boyd; four half siblings, Lillian Hughart (Harold), Mabel Neal (Otmer), Robert Boyd and Lester Boyd; a grandson, Travis Hutcherson; and a great-grandson, Ry Shawver.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine A. Boyd; one daughter, Joy B. Bodner; one god-daughter, Donna Luther; one nephew Ronnie Boyd; one great-niece Alyssa Boyd; six grandchildren, Lt. Col. Jesse Huff, Terry Huff, Master Sgt. Baron Bodner, Demetria Frazier, Kyle Chandler and Christy Carr; seven great-grandchildren, Jared Bodner, Macy Shawver, Pfc. Conner Huff, Monica Huff, Brenden Carr, Whitney Carr and Trevor Carr; two great-great-grandsons, Joseph Dang and Easton Haag; and two stepdaughters, Rudell Hodges and Betty Skees.
The funeral is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at James H. Davis Funeral Home in Owensboro. Burial with full military honors follows in Pleasant Hope General Baptist Church Cemetery in Buel.
Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Gideon International.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Apr. 4, 2014