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John Warren Boyd Jr.

John Warren Boyd Jr. of Alton passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012, at Halifax Regional Hospital.


Born in Wise County on Oct. 30, 1922, John was the only child of John W. Boyd Sr. and Pearl Mae Bray Boyd. He grew up in South Boston.

After graduating from C. H. Friend School, he attended the University of Virginia where he studied geology.

World War II interrupted his studies when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a bombardier defending both the Atlantic and the Gulf.

John returned to Halifax County and married Sarah Elizabeth Rice of Clarksville in 1946, who preceded him in death.

He spent his life farming in the Alton area where he raised cattle, poultry, and sheep.

John participated in numerous civic organizations including the Ruritan Club, the American Legion, the Wool Growers Association; and a director on the board of the American Boxwood Society.

He also served on the Board of Trustees for Danville Community College.

John was an elder at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church and later transferred his membership to the First Presbyterian Church of South Boston.

He is survived by his three children, John W. Boyd III and his wife, Leigh Deeds Boyd, of Roanoke, James R. Boyd and his wife, Angela Stevens Boyd, of Charlottesville, and Sally Boyd Slaff of South Boston, grandchildren Sarah Catherine Boyd of Roanoke, Colin Bray Kuehner Boyd of Lexington, Andrew Blane Murray Boyd of Greenwood, Elizabeth Caroline Boyd of Charlottesville, and Ashley Elizabeth Slaff of Oakland, California, and a step-grandson, John Frederick Stevens Pifer of Charlottesville, and a dearly loved caregiver, Rosa Lawson, of Alton.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Russell Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home for one hour prior to the service and other times at his home in Alton.

For memorials, consider the Danville Community College Educational Foundation, 1008 South Main Street, Danville, VA 24540.

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