Wilford P. Boyd, Jr. (BILL BOYD), born in Cheverley, MD, 24 years U. S. Army, died the afternoon of 20 December 2015 at home with his puppy buddies – Abbey, Fritzie, and Joey – on his lap. Beloved husband of Judy Hargrave, together one month shy of 36 years. Married in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 22, 1980, vows renewed in chapel at Ft. McPherson, GA, December 26, 1985. God brought us together, kept us together, and mercifully took Bill quickly in the peace of our home. Living with scleroderma 20+ years, the last three years were a struggle for him though he didn’t often or openly complain. This year, 2015, had been particularly difficult.
His best and last duty station: AFN Bremerhaven, GE from 1988 to 1993 when he had to shut it down.That broke his heart as he loved Germany and being an AFRTS broadcaster. Half of his Army career was spent in Germany. Upon retiring and returning to the States, he stayed in radio broadcasting several years before giving his all to his new career teaching high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors English/Literature at Mountain View High School for 11 years in Tucson, AZ. He enjoyed the students and being a teacher very much. Health issues caused him to retire sooner than he would’ve liked.
Steadfast, faithful, deeply committed to family and friends though not always able to verbally express his heartfelt sentiments to others, he was reserved with a quiet strength, a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor, a lover of animals, a good provider, an excellent writer with a sharp mind, an avid reader of books, magazines, and newspapers (hard copies and on the internet), always actively engaged and knowledgeable in world affairs both at home and abroad, a U of Maryland graduate and a diehard Maryland Terrapin fan (Fear the Turtle!).
We moved into the Sunflower (Active Adult) Community in 2001 knowing this would be our final destination. Our home was his sanctuary. The last couple years he enjoyed the weekly morning coffee group meetings with neighbors and friends immensely. The computer was his lifeline to the outside and the vehicle by which he stayed in touch with his many friends scattered throughout the U. S. and Germany.
He leaves behind his devoted dachshunds (Abbey, Fritz, Joey) and wife, Judy Hargrave, two older sisters: Joan (Mick) Immich of Sanford, FL and Carol (Don) Cox of Biloxi, MS, and a younger brother, Robert (Debbie) Boyd of Chaptico, MD plus numerous nieces and nephews. Also brother-in-law to Joanne (Benny) Traughber of Palmyra, TN, Sharon Hargrave, Tucson, AZ, David (Christine) Hargrave of Pepperell, MA, and son-in-law to Marianne Hargrave of Valrico, FL. Bill was dearly loved and will be truly missed by all.
His ashes will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery, date to be determined (late spring 2016?).
A local memorial service at Continental Baptist Church located in Coyote Trail Elementary School will be held January 10th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Though he didn’t always make his preferences specific or known, his heart was heavy-laden for military veterans and animals. Please let the Lord lead you in this regard.
Also please listen to John Bucchino’s song “Grateful” on the internet. It expresses our feelings perfectly.