Services for G. W. "Chub" Boyd, 97 of Kilgore will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Kilgore with Reverend Keith Wilkerson and Dr. Pete Freeman officiating. A long fruitful journey is completed. G.W. "Chub" Boyd left the bonds of this earthly prison November 29, 2018. He started the journey April 22, 1921 in the Ft. Ft. Gibson "River Bottoms", Oklahoma.
What a Life! Committed first and foremost to his Savior Jesus Christ, Chub made it a habit to stay in touch with all his kin, both near and far for all his 97 years. No strangers entered his life. He made one and all feel included. Strangers became friends and started a reason to stay in touch.
G.W. was Gene Williams to the WWII Seabees where he served all through the South Pacific, New Zealand, Green Island, Munda Point, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa. He was Chubby to his youthful family, Chub to older family, G.W. Boyd to business connections and then Dad, Daddy, Pop, and finally Papaw. He was a gentleman to all, one blessed with a generous heart. How about the 600 pounds of Colorado pinto beans given away every year to friend and foe alike! Jelly, Wow! He and Imogene and later Becky as well, made many pints of jelly at a time to be given to one and all.
Chub Boyd Bulldozers, Fox Paraffin Service, Armored Express, B&F Ranch, Acid Engineering, T&B Anchor Service, A.S.I, Dyna-Test, Swab-Tech, and B&W Rentals are a few of the businesses he started, gave financial backing, or just plain worked untiringly to see success for all. Chub was a consummate problem solver, skilled with hands and mind alike. For many years, he read a book a month and quickly engaged conversations on the day's events, politics or the latest jokes to go with his quick sense of humor. What a memory he had! People, place, events, or distant kin; no detail escaped his towering memory. Only finishing the 10th grade didn't slow him a bit. In addition to his many books read, was his devouring the Bible, reading it through each year gave him a strong foundation for his faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Imogene Bolding Boyd. The last ten years of his life were blessed with the companionship of his wife Becky Williams Boyd pursuing Colorado, cruises, and bluegrass "picking" wherever they could find it. His tenor voice for natural harmony, as well his playing harmonica and a little banjo has made the journey oh so enjoyable.
Left to laugh and enjoy memories are his wife, Becky Williams Boyd; son, Gary Boyd and wife, Patricia of Kilgore; daughters, Ann Ellisor and husband, Ray of New Boston, TX, Cindy Walton and husband, Jerry of Edmond, OK, and Gary and Carolyn Williams of Kilgore, TX, Steve Williams of Kilgore, TX and Scott Williams of Longview, TX; grandchildren, Gary Boyd, II and wife, Suelyn of Plano, TX, Grant Boyd of Kilgore, TX, Will Yeager and wife, Callie of Kilgore, TX, Missy Adams and husband, Mark of Huntsville, TX, Forrest Walton and wife Lindsey of Edmond, OK, Amy Walton and James Garrett both of Dallas, TX. In addition to ten great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren are many close friends including Walt and Kathy Tehan and Ronnie and Julie Cox and their families.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons and great grandsons, Gary, Grant, Will, Forrest, William. Grayson, and Trace. His many friends from McDonald's and Circle Cafe coffee Klatches will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family would like to thank Heartsway Hospice especially Tim Crawford and Susan Jackson. Brandy Hooper has been unmeasurable help to Chub and Becky for these past months, sacrificing her own life to help them.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a church or charity of your choice. The Gideon's was one of Chub's favorites.
Visitation will be 3:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday at Rader Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m Dec. 3, open to the public at Danville Cemetery.
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