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A.P. Boyd


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A.P. Boyd Obituary
"If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right." Perhaps there is no better way to sum up the life of A.P. Boyd than with this favorite phrase of his. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, leader of men, and follower of Christ, he died Monday, July 11, 2016, at age 82.
Born on December 19, 1933, in Sylvester (Fisher County), Texas, A.P. was one of nine children born to Lafayette Bert Boyd and Kate Grace Mauldin Boyd. Their children included Billy Eldon Boyd, Nadine Boyd, L.B. Boyd Jr., Charles Leon Boyd, A.P. himself and Horace Lee Boyd-all of whom are now deceased-as well as surviving siblings Calvin Doyle Boyd, Arthur Ray Boyd (and wife Schylon), and Richard Gwyn Boyd (and wife Tanya). Since their father was a humble sharecropping farmer, A.P.'s family learned to move and change locations frequently (in such places as McCauley, Rotan and Roby, of West Texas). As a boy, he was mischievous and clever, sneaking tobacco from his uncle, watermelons from the neighbor's patch, and fishing when he grew bored of his many boyish pranks. Like all of the members of his family, A.P. worked hard to finish each day as he had been taught and learned to drive a tractor at a young age. He often attended one-room schoolhouses, but because of his family's transient lifestyle, he was unable to stay in one place long enough to play football-his reason for quitting school before graduating. Still, he was popular in school and with the girls, thanks to his impish grin and handsome face. In 1947, at the tender age of fourteen, he left school to begin working in the oil field. By age sixteen, he had moved on to Young Brothers Construction in Waco.
A.P.'s career ambitions were cut short after his brother, Charles' sudden death in 1952, when his mother asked him to move home in order to help his family. Not long afterward, A.P. was drafted into the army (April 24, 1952) and sent to Boot Camp at Fort Bliss (El Paso). He later attended Signal School and was eventually shipped out to Korea and landed there on October 4, 1952. Several days later, A.P. dined with (four-star) General Maxwell D. Taylor and volunteered to be the General's telephone operator, becoming Chief Operator on his third day in the position. At length, his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was changed from Telephone Operator to Heavy Equipment Operator. Finally, A.P. was honorably discharged from the Army on February 11, 1956.
After leaving the Army, A.P. went back to work for Young Brothers in Waco-where he became General Superintendent after only a year on the job-and was soon introduced by his brother, L.B., to Margie Nell Meissner at a community picnic. The couple had their first date in February of 1956, were engaged in May and finally married (on December 29, 1956) at a church ceremony in Cranfills Gap, TX, where "he chased her until she caught him." The Boyds added three children to their family: Steven Charles Boyd (and wife Charlene), of Hempstead, Gregory Dale "Greg" Boyd, of Wellborn, and Rebecca Sue "Becky Sue" Boyd Musgrove (and husband Anthony), also of Wellborn. He was also proud of his special "adopted" son, Benny Ray Hawkins of Smetana. He also served as surrogate father to three other young men who lived with the family for many years.
At Young Brothers, A.P. continued to distinguish himself as a trustworthy leader who worked tirelessly to complete his assigned tasks, universally respected for being firm, yet fair. By 1968, A.P. had become a Vice President in the company and General Manager of the Bryan/College Station area for Young Brothers, (now Knife River). He finally retired in 1995 after completing work on the Pebble Creek Country Club, Golf Course, and subdivision in College Station. A.P.'s children learned to follow his example by adopting a strong work ethic, strong faith and strong desire to improve the community. Every Sunday, the Boyds attended Our Saviour's Lutheran Church as a family. In terms of professional groups, A.P. was heavily involved in Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), where he was instrumental in the election of the group's first female president in Texas. He also served as President of the AGC in Texas in 1994. While he loathed salesmen and lobbyists, A.P. remained quietly influential in politics and befriended both former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W Bush, and Governor Rick Perry. Choosing to support from the shadows rather than lead in the limelight, A.P. sponsored fundraisers and convinced such individuals as Kyle Kacal and John Raney to run for public office. As a resident of Wellborn, A.P. cofounded the Wellborn Saddle Club, worked toward the community's incorporation, and helped found Wellborn Special Utilities District (and served on its Board of Directors for many years), which finally gave the people of Wellborn access to quality drinking water. He was actively involved in the South Brazos County Volunteer Fire Department (serving Wellborn and Millican) and became the first president of District 2S5's first coeducational Lions Club chapter. Additionally, A. P. supported the State Troopers and was a Deputy Constable for Brazos County, later to become an instructor for the TEEX Heavy Equipment Program at Texas A&M University's Riverside Campus. (He relished working with heavy machinery and enjoyed the focused solitude found in completing such jobs.) After only 8 months of retirement, A.P. worked on staff of the Associated General Contractors of Texas, as area manager of Northeast and South Texas, and as overall Membership Director, a job he loved dearly, until he left (in December 2014) to spend more time with family.
During his time away from the cares of the world, A.P. loved working with horses, cattle, and traveling with his family, usually on camping, fishing or deer hunting trips. He enjoyed "roadtripping" with extended family to their annual campouts at Lake Whitney, where they would sleep under the stars. He loved Colorado and camped there often (but usually visited a local ER during his trip). On one memorable occasion, A.P. traveled to the Bermuda Triangle along with other officers of Young Brothers for an AGC Convention-each member took a different plane just in case one of them went down in the area, but then the entire group boarded one boat and embarked on a deep sea fishing trip!
In spite of all his accomplishments and many accolades, A.P. remained a humble and generous servant of God, with a strong sense of integrity. Missing him most are his soulmate and beloved wife (of nearly sixty years) Margie, his children and their spouses: Steven & Charlene Boyd, Greg Boyd and Becky Sue & Anthony Musgrove. A.P.'s grandchildren include: Nikolas Wade Boyd (and wife Jennifer, of College Station), Katy Marie Boyd Bengs (and husband Marshall, of Bryan), Brandon Dale Boyd (of Wellborn), Samantha Nichol Musgrove (of Wellborn), and Jay Anthis of Pfluegerville. A.P. was also blessed to be a great-grandfather to Jolie Kate Boyd (16 months) and Christopher Jay Watkins of Weggeman, La. (14). He is survived by three brothers-Calvin, Arthur and Richard, and sister-in-law Vonnell-and was predeceased by his parents, four brothers (Billy and wife Julie, L.B Jr., Charles, and Horace and wife Lois), and sister Nadine and husband Bob Rogers, and sisters-in-law Dixie and Joyce Boyd.
The Life Celebration of A.P. Boyd will begin with visitation hours on Friday, July 15, 2016, from 4-8pm at Hillier Funeral Home in College Station. A funeral service will then be held on Saturday, July 16th at 10am at Central Baptist Church (1991 FM 158, in College Station), with interment at Wellborn Cemetery. A reception will be held at Pebble Creek Country Club directly following graveside services.
Memorials in his honor may be made to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in College Station, Hospice Brazos Valley, or Twin City Mission.
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Published in Sweetwater Reporter on July 15, 2016
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