ELON - Walter Yates Boyd, 84, of 4122 Altamahaw-Racetrack Road, died Monday morning, July 21, 2014, at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell following a stroke suffered on July 5. He had been in failing health for the past year and had resided at Alamance House since last August.
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He was born June 7, 1930, in Union Level, Va., the youngest of four children born to the Rev. William Jefferson Boyd and Ruth Yates Boyd. Since his father was a Methodist minister and reassigned frequently, he lived in several towns across southern and eastern Virginia during his childhood.
After graduating from Blackstone High School in Blackstone, Va. in 1947, he attended Ferrum Junior College and graduated from there in 1949. He then attended Elon College where he received his bachelor's degree in social studies in 1951.
While working in the dining hall at Elon he met local resident Mary Louise Huffine and married her on Jan. 14, 1951. They were married 52 years and one month prior to her death on Feb. 14, 2003, and had two children, Walter Yates Boyd Jr. and Nancy Louise Boyd (wife of Kirk Martin). On April 17, 2004, he married his second wife, the former Helen Elizabeth Satterfield.
Following two years of service in the Virginia National Guard, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served four years in the Hospital Corps - first at Camp Lejeune and the in Yokosuka, Japan. Following his discharge in 1955, he settled in Elon and went to work for Burlington Industries at Plaid Mills. He transferred to Burlington's Williamsburg facility in 1970 and worked there until he retired after 30 years of service. For nearly 40 years he worked in the evenings during tax season for H&R Block, mostly at the North Church Street office.
He was a member of Elon Community Church and for many years served as an usher and president of the Adult Sunday School class. He was also a Mason (Bula Lodge #409) and a Shriner (Amran Temple). In his spare time, he enjoyed watching old Westerns, listening to Bluegrass music, antiquing and working on his numerous rental properties.
In addition to his children and second wife, he is survived by two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a nephew; two nieces; and a sister, Elizabeth Boyd Hudgins of Gloucester, Va.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Boyd Hudgins; and a brother, William Jefferson Boyd Jr.
A funeral service will be held Friday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Elon. The Bula Lodge #409 AF&AM will meet in emergent communication at 1:30 p.m. at Rich & Thompson in Burlington for the purpose of conducting Masonic graveside rites.
Family and friends will be received Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and on Friday, after the interment, in the New Hope Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1525 Flora Ave., Burlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter Y. and Mary L. Boyd Scholarship at Ferrum College, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088, Liberty Hospice, 2563 Eric Lane, Burlington, NC 27215 or Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave. Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from July 22 to July 23, 2014