James Roy (JR) Boyd
James Roy (JR) Boyd, 94 of Canvas, WV passed away Monday,Dec. 28, 2015 at the Hubbard
Hospice House, Charleston, WV.With his family present he peacefully passed to his Heavenly Father
and loving wife Louise’s waiting arms. He was a devoted Christian, a member of the Jordan Chapel
United Methodist Church for 50 years, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
In addition to his parents, Jesse Swanson Claude Boyd and Mary (Lucy) Whitlock Boyd, he was
preceded in death by his loving wife Louise and his brother Freel Boyd, six sisters, Ida McKinney,
Goldie Cooper, Marie Burgess, Lena “Mickey”Whitt, Sylvia Young and Irene Boyd.
He is survived by his only son, James Roy Boyd, II, Canvas, WV, daughters, Mary and husband Jerry
Baldwin, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jean and husband David Sanders, Jeffersonville, GA, Icie Boyd
Buffington, Canvas, WV. Granddaughter Elizabeth Baldwin Billingsley, Grandson Jonathan Baldwin
and wife Jennifer and two Great Granddaughters Addison Baldwin and Peyton Baldwin all from
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. With many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
He was born in Elamsville, which is in Franklin County, Virginia onMarch 8, 1921. Then in the spring
of 1930 his family moved to Kingston, WV. He followed the family farm business for eight years and in
the fall of 1938 through 1940 he worked with his father as a Coal Miner for Long Branch Mining,
Corp., Long Branch, WV. With the start of World War II, he went back to work on the family farm. Then
in 1942 he joined the Civil Conservation Core where he was stationed in Ben, Oregan for 6 months.
After his hitch with the Civil Conservation Core he went on to serve for three years in the U. S. Army
from December 2, 1942 until December 1, 1945 during World War II. He was stationed in North
African, Corsica, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, back to France and then to Camp Meade,
Baltimore, Maryland where he was honorably discharged with the ranking of Staff Sergeant.
After the Army, he worked in the family Auto Sales business in Oak Hill, WV. When in January 1946
he met the love of his life Louise Virginia Albaugh. They were married on June 15, 1946 in Oak Hill,
WV. In November of 1947 they moved to Summersville, WV and he opened his own Auto Sales
Business. He was a prominent businessman and his unique way of kindness, patience, and
bigheartedness along with hard work was the flawless characteristics to his success. In the fall of 1953
they moved to Canvas, WV. He purchased the Red Rader Family Farm where he and his family has
lived for the last 63 years. It is a beautiful place where he has loved to garden, do farm work and
raised both horses and cattle over the years. A place that God Bless his family with. JR was also an
avid coon hunter, turkey and deer hunter, fisherman and all round outdoors man. James Roy (JR)
Boyd was a kind, giving man and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in the Walker
Memorial Park at Summersville with Rev. Harold Duskey and Rev. Ed Hughes officiating. Interment will
follow under the direction of the White Funeral Home at Summersville.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of James Roy Boyd to
Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr, Charleston, WV 25311.