XENIA James E. Boyd, Sr., age 82, of Xenia left his earthly dwelling on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Hospice House in Dayton. Jim was the 6th of seven children born to Bruce and Mary Lee (Harris) Boyd on October 14, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio. He grew up in Old North Dayton and attended Kiser High School, where he was an outstanding athlete, playing football and participating in track. In 1986, Jim retired from DP&L Co. after 36 1/2 years of service, where he had worked as an underground cable splicer. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement, spending more time with his family and grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years: Connie (Lambert) Boyd; three of their four children: Karen and Perry Pittroff of Xenia; James Jr. (Marti) Boyd of South Bend, IN; and Becki (Darrel) Blackburn of Xenia; daughter-in-law: RaeShawn Merritt-Boyd of Franklin, TN. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and their spouses: Shane (Kate) Andrews of Cincinnati; Leigh Andrews of Xenia; James E. Boyd III of Oregonia; Jared (Jaime) Boyd of Columbus; Shaunna Boyd of Middleton, OH; Joshua Blackburn of Van Neys, CA; Joel (Heather) Blackburn of Cincinnati; Dara Blackburn of Xenia and Preston Boyd of Franklin, TN. Much joy was brought into Jim's life by 18 great grandchildren: Hunter, Trevor, Conor and Cole Andrews, Alexis, Aleigha and Jewel "J.J." Cokes; Ciaran, Ciersten, Corbin, Rayli, Tali and Sadie and Josephine Boyd; Briley Blackburn; Casey Potts and Ashley and Claire Blackburn.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Lambert Boyd in 2007; as well as his parents, and 6 siblings: Irma Caldwell, Katie Shaffer, Edith Lotspih; Naomi Cahill and Harris and Lewis Boyd.
Funeral Services will be 10AM Saturday, August 24th at the Rona Community Church, 1082 Rona Parkway, Fairborn with Pastor Jim Smith officiating. Interment to follow in Valley View Memorial Gardens of Xenia. Friends may call Friday from 5-8 PM at the church and again Saturday immediately prior to the service at the church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Rona Community Church Missions Fund, or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH. Online condolences may be made to www.mccolaughfuneralhome.com. (Services in care of McColaugh Funeral Home, Inc., Xenia).