Live, Laugh, Love
CANTON — In the peaceful early morning hours of Thursday, March 14, 2013, as a soft snow blew across the mountains in the Newfound community, a loving husband, a beloved daddy, dad, and “Daddy O,” a papaw who was more than a grandfather-much like another daddy, and also a friend who was known as “Bonker” to so many people, left his earthly home on Newfound Mountain and entered into his Heavenly home.
Billy “Bill” William Boyd , who was 89 years young — not old, was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Haywood County to the late Will Boyd and the late Sallie Surrett Boyd. He grew up in Canton and was always known as being a “prankster.” His brown eyes twinkled with mischief with every joke and prank he played on friends and family all throughout his life.
In describing Bill one might say, “what a card!” When Bill met Margaret Whitted Boyd, he met the love of his life, and they shared 60 years of marriage and were blessed with three children that brought great joy and pride into their lives. They were truly dedicated parents and grandparents, and Bill could be always found at each ballgame, drag race or any other event in which his children or grandchildren were involved.
Bill was employed for 35 years with the Town of Canton, and during this time Bill made friendships that would last a lifetime. We treasure the memories of seeing Bill driving his horse and buggy, watching him play golf, and seeing him often working tirelessly in his wood working shop and also in his garden. The vegetables he shared with everyone sometimes seemed to be endless.
You could not help but smile when you saw Bill square dancing with the Rough Creek Cloggers. Bill and Margaret enjoyed dancing and performing for more than 19 years with the dance team and even travelled internationally sharing our heritage of mountain dance.
After his retirement from the town of Canton, Bill never intended to slow down. He was employed with Carter Security in Asheville and later the American Cleaners in Canton for 10 years. Bill deeply loved his family and his home on Newfound Mountain. When looking out across the mountain from Bill’s home, we see the windmills he loved and placed on his land continue to turn, just as the love and memories that his family and friends hold for Bill will continue on forever.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Whitted Boyd who passed away in 2001; his sister, Tymah LaTulipe; his brothers, Homer, Jonah, Weaver, Dock and Hubert Boyd.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Gail Cannon of Canton and Billie Conard and her husband, Jeff Conard of Canton; his son, Roger Boyd and his wife, Brenda Boyd of Canton; grandchildren, Stan Cannon, Laura C. Parton, Skip Cannon and his wife, Amy Cannon and Jarrod Conard; great-grandchildren, Travis , April and Shelby Cannon and Jacob McCracken.
A celebration of life memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Jay Meadows officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon prior to the service.
Memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville 28813.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Boyd family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com