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The Passing of James (Jim) LeRoy Boyd, Jr.
November 26, 2023
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Boyd, James "Jim" LeRoy, went home to be with the Lord, whom he loved deeply and followed faithfully, on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 3:45 p.m. He resided in Ballwin, MO. Jim Boyd was born March 1, 1933 in Atlanta, GA, son of James LeRoy Boyd, Sr. and Helen Pearl Meador Boyd, the paternal grandson of Benjamin Hartwell Boyd and Maude Townsend Boyd, and the maternal grandson of Albert Delaware Meador and Ida May Bush Meador. He cherished his family and worked hard to provide for them. He loved flying airplanes, camping, working with youth, singing in the choir, and creating improvements on his garden layout for his G-gauge model railroad trains. He was always ready to try something new. He was an Eagle Scout, and a cave explorer (spelunker).

Jim Boyd graduated from Decatur High School, University of Nebraska (B.S. Military Science), St. Louis University (M.S., Cartography), and Webster University (M.A.)

He was active in the Air Force (9 years, Captain), 51st Bombardment Squadron, and Cuban Missile Crisis; and the Missouri National Air Guard (20 years). He worked at the Defense Mapping Aeronautical Center (DMAC), including mapping the far side of the moon as a cartographer; the United Services Life Insurance Company (USLICO); and more.

He was a member of Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis, Gideons International, Eagle Scout Association, Good Sam’s Camping Club, Color Guard of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Military Order of World Wars, Military Order of Retired and Active Duty, Missouri Air National Guard (MOANG), and other organizations. He was a Primary Member of the Spirit of St. Louis SAR Chapter.  He was the Organizing President of the Fernando de Leyba (St. Charles) SAR Chapter; and held a life-time Dual Membership in the Chapter. He was the 71st man to serve as President of the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 

He is preceded in death by his parents (James LeRoy Boyd, Sr. and Helen Pearl Meador Boyd) and his brother (Benjamin Meador Boyd). He is survived by his wife of 67 years Charlotte E. Boyd, son William LeRoy Boyd (his wife Kristy), daughter C. Marie Boyd Braton (her husband Mark), and daughter Elizabeth “Beth” Boyd Wolf (her husband John), and four grandchildren Matthew Boyd, David Braton, Mindy Wolf, and Eli Wolf. 

Visitation: The family received visitors Monday, December 4 from 5 -7 p.m. at Schrader Funeral Home (14960 Manchester Rd., Ballwin), Wedgwood Room. 

Funeral: Visitation (9:30 a.m.) and the funeral service (10:30 a.m.) was held Tuesday, December 5 at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church (12928 Ladue Rd.) with the Rev. Dr. Mike Kennison officiated. Interment (Cemetery Committal) was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (2900 Sheridan Rd.).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church. Mission Fund.

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