Jesse Reginald Boyd

Published 7:04 pm Friday, March 27, 2020

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Mr. Jesse Reginald Boyd, age 96, a resident of Washington, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at Vidant Beaufort Hospital.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, at Oakdale Cemetery, officiated by Dr. Robert Cayton and Rev. Jacob Kines. Jeffrey Boyd, Rob Downs, Wayne Leggett, Bill Mac Alligood, Neil Woolard and Scottie Whitford will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the home of his son, Doug Boyd, located at 104 Dudley Place, Washington.

Mr. Boyd was born Feb. 9, 1924, son of the late Jesse Albert Boyd and Bernice Caton Boyd. He was a graduate of Alliance High School and a 1950 graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in business and finance. Mr. Boyd served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific, Battle of Okinawa. On May 14, 1949, he married the former Wilma Goodwin, who preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2016. Mr. Boyd retired from Royster/Pamlico Chemical Company and in 1980 was President of the North Carolina Seedmen’s Association. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW and from 1949 to the present, he was a Mason. Mr. Boyd was a member of the First Christian Church since 1952 and held many offices. He enjoyed fishing, farming, timber and wildlife management and sports.

Mr. Boyd is survived by his son: Douglas Boyd and wife Mary, of Washington; grandsons, Rob Downs and wife Cali, of Pittsboro, and Jeffrey Boyd and wife Brittany, of Raleigh; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brylee Downs, of Pittsboro; his sister, Sandra Boyd Hardison; and his brothers, Chester Garland Boyd and wife Barbara and Albert Brown Boyd and wife Joy. In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Gary Wayne Boyd, and his sisters, Pauline Boyd Hines and Audrey Boyd Humphrey.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 307 E. Third St., Washington, NC 27889 or the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center, 1209 Brown St., Washington, NC 27889.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Boyd family.