Oct. 19, 1940 – Jan. 13, 2022
Services for longtime dairyman, A.L. “Sonny” Boyd, 81, a well-known advocate for the dairy industry in the Southeastern U.S., and a community leader who founded Enon Fire Dept., serving as chief for many years, were Jan. 17, 2022, at Capps Funeral Home with Revs. Michael Knippers and David Hedden officiating.
Boyd’s career as a dairy farmer spanned more than a half of a century. He served on numerous county, state, and regional boards connected with the dairy industry. He loved teaching young people about agriculture and shared his knowledge every way he could, no matter if it was hiring teenagers to work on the farm during the summer or helping kids show cattle in 4-H.
Most mornings were spent with his coffee, in contemplation over how he could make his farm and community better.
Asthe founding father of Enon Fire Dept., he also worked as county fire coordinator and helped establish the 9-1-1 road mapping system we are accustomed to today as well as improving the department’s class rating which lowered homeowner insurance premiums in the district.
His grandchildren and WWII were his favorite pastimes, although the two didn’t always mesh well.
Boyd died at his home in Enon Jan. 13, 2022. He was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Tylertown to the late A. L. and Lurlene W. Boyd. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by four siblings, David Boyd, Juanita Allred, Ruth Thornhill, and Mary F. “Molly” Boyd; one nephew, Brooks Huhn; his wife, Hope Boyd; one daughter, Vanessa Ann Boyd; and a granddaughter, Maya Ashlynn Rushing.
Survivors include one sister, Grace Huhn (Louie); a son, Ryan Boyd (Becky); a daughter, Tanya Rushing (Toney); six grandchildren, Brett Boyd, Reece Boyd, Mallory Boyd, Tristan Rushing, Aaron Rushing (Jenna), and Kristi Johnson (Ken); two great-grandchildren, Peyton Johnson and Levi Johnson; two stepdaughters, Angela Cutrer and Wendy Ravencraft (Brad), and their children and grandchildren; his constant companions, Bella and Tovi.
Capps Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hartmanhughesfuneralhome.com