OBITUARY

William Muir Boyd

December 20, 1949December 28, 2018

William Muir Boyd, 69, died Friday, Dec. 28, at University Hospital in Columbia.

A visitation is set for 10 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at noon Thursday, Jan. 3, at the United Methodist Church on 719 Court Street in Fulton.

Born in Fulton on Dec. 20, 1949, to William and Mary Lee Boyd, Willie was dedicated to his family. The former president of Boyd & Boyd title company and graduate of Westminster College treasured his wife, daughters, and grandchildren—attending Owen’s wrestling matches, playing with Ellie, listening to Henry’s stories, and getting to know baby Sam.

Willie was also relentlessly curious about the world around him, tinkering on homemade tractors in his workshops and filling a sizable library with works on literature, history, philosophy and art. An exuberant traveler, he never knew a stranger, whether in central Missouri or on the banks of the Seine. He also was dedicated to public service, volunteering for years with PET International’s Mobility Worldwide of Columbia.

Willie is survived by wife Pamela Kirk Boyd of Columbia; brother Jack and his wife, Beth, of Fulton; daughter Julia Boyd Uhls and her husband, Chad, and their son, Owen, of Fulton; daughter Cynthia Boyd Beckmeyer and her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Ellie, of Fulton; stepson Aaron Warren and his fiancé, Kit Godfrey, of Columbia; stepson Thomas Warren and his wife, Sarah, and their sons Henry and Sam of Washington, D.C.; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PET International and Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.

  • FAMILY

  • William B. Boyd, Father
  • Mary Lee Boyd, Mother
  • Pam Boyd, Wife
  • Julia (Chad) Uhls, Daughter
  • Cynthia (Brian) Beckmeyer, Daughter
  • Jack (Beth) Boyd, Brother
  • Owen Uhls, Grandson
  • Ellie Beckmeyer, Granddaughter
  • Mr. Boyd is also survived by stepson Aaron Warren and his fiancé, Kit Godfrey, of Columbia; stepson Thomas Warren and his wife, Sarah, and their sons Henry and Sam of Washington, D.C.; and many other relatives and friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • PET International Mobility Worldwide Columbia, Missouri and Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society

Services

  • Family will receive guests before the service Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 3, 2019
REMEMBERING

William Muir Boyd

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Stephen Davis

January 26, 2019

May your path be well lit, my brother.

Cheryl Heesch

January 2, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Willie's passing. I will remember his accepting spirit and infectious smile. The memory that came to me when I read the sad news was of an exuberant Willie dancing with his then very young grandson Owen at his wedding to Pam. That moment captured the man--his kindness and love. My heart is with you Pam, and all of Willie's loved ones.
Love,
Cheryl

Mahree Skala

January 1, 2019

Willie was a man of broad interests and a giving heart. Most recently he chronicled our high school class on a Facebook page that jogged so many good memories. I will miss seeing him at concerts and other events around Columbia. He has earned his heavenly reward!

Earl & Karen Bennett

January 1, 2019

We fondly remember Willie as a kind and generous soul. We were privileged to spend nearly 10 years living in Fulton and enjoyed his and his family's company immensely. He will be missed by all. GOD Bless his wonderful family.

Marsha Williams-Byrd

January 1, 2019

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I remember Willie from school at Old West School. He was always so nice. God must have needed him in Heaven. May God give you comfort at this sad time.

Debbie Turley Schmidt

December 31, 2018

We had so many memories together - You, Jack, Brenda and I! I will miss you very much, dear cousin. You were such a wonderful person. You will never be forgotten.

Debbie Turley Schmidt

December 31, 2018

We had so many memories together - You, Jack, Brenda and I! I will miss you very much, dear cousin. You were such a wonderful person. You will never be forgotten.

Shauna Qualls

December 31, 2018

Words do not come easily at a time like this. Willie was one of the finest individuals I have ever known and he touched so many people. Our friendship was strong and meaningful, and it began when we were around 3 or 4 years old in Sunday School at the Court Street United Methodist Church. No one ever cared more or more passionately for his fellow man than did Willie. It was my great privilege to get to know him, have him as a classmate, and call him my friend. I loved sharing stories and memories with him as did others. He made us smile; he made us think; and he definitely made us better. Willie was a kind and caring man, a trusted friend, and a man dedicated to many endeavors. Life today is a little darker without Willie's shining light, and I, for one, miss him already. The world has lost a good and vibrant man, we have lost a cherished classmate and friend, and the town of Fulton has lost a wonderful supporter, historian, and promoter. What a loss for us all! Dear Pam, Julie, Cindy, and family, my thoughts and prayers are very much with you and will continue to be with you in the days to come.

NANCY FRICKE

December 31, 2018

I am not sure how many people knew that Willey after he retired and let the girls run and own the business, he start delivering campers around the United States for something to do. Raymond was thinking about doing the same thing so he gave Willey and call and as you know Willey was always helpful with anything you might need. He said he really did not make money doing it but enjoyed getting to travel and see some things while doing this.

Doc you are right he has 2 great daughter and good grandchildren and what a Blessing it was that they had him for his love and guidance. Girls most of all you will miss being able to pick up the phone and call dad just to ask a Question, that loss will break your hearts. So sorry.

Doc Kritzer

December 31, 2018

We will greatly miss you Willy. Start working on the rails for that next Bed Race in Heaven when the rest of the team joins you!! You have raised two great girls and families to carry on your values. Will cherish our many memories. Doc

FROM THE FAMILY