Heyward "Boyd" McAteer

July 13, 1949January 4, 2021

Heyward Boyd McAteer, age 71 of Monroe NC passed away January 4, 2021 at Atrium Health Union.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 2pm at Shiloh Baptist Church 2301 N Rocky River Road, Monroe NC 28110 with Pastor Brad Kelley, Laney Hasty and Robbie McLaughlin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday, January 9th from 1-2pm.

Mr. McAteer, son of Heyward Beaty McAteer and Jeanette Revels McAteer was born on July 13th, 1949 in Lancaster, SC. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Monroe NC. Boyd worked at IMO in Monroe for 38 years. He enjoyed his work and the people he worked alongside. He made lifelong friends with some and was well respected by others. He loved to “cut” up and always kept something going. He also enjoyed camping, going to the beach, fishing, grilling (he had quite the collection) and drag racing. But most of all, Boyd loved his wife Diane, his family, and he loved the Lord. He was a very Godly man and did not mind sharing the gospel with anyone. He influenced so many and will truly be missed. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and mentor to so many. He taught us to be strong, to love and care with all our heart, to laugh, have fun and enjoy life. He was a great leader, strong and brave but full of love and compassion. He made us laugh, he showed tough love and he taught us to never give up. We were all so blessed to have him in our lives. He was loved so much and even though we are sad her on earth, we know he is rejoicing in Heaven. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Sam Cherry Survivors include his wife Diane McAteer of 35 yrs, daughters Kim Noggle husband Blaine of Iron Station NC, Heather Mullis, husband Randy of Monroe NC, Anjanette Gill of Gastonia NC. Four Sister, Karen Cherry of Charlotte NC, Paulette McAteer of Chester SC, Suzette Adams of Great Falls, SC Debra Steen, Husband Allen of Inman SC. 12 Grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews. McEwen Funeral Home is honored to serve the McAteer family.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021


Heyward "Boyd" McAteer

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Marcia Burckhalter

January 19, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss.
Boyd and I were classmates at Great Falls High School. He was a nice, kind person. My condolences to all of his family.
Marcia Bowles Burckhalter

Robert Tracy

January 11, 2021

My condolences to Diane and the Mcateer family I worked with Boyd for 38 years, but much closer during my last 4 years with Imo he was a by the book Quality Technician, but more than that, he was fun to work with, and a friend. It's safe to say Boyd was one of a kind he will be missed.

BOB Tracy

James Dawkins

January 10, 2021

Boyd and I were very close friends growing up in Great Falls SC. Usually when you saw one you saw us both. As life changes our circumstances so does our friends change. This happened to Boyd and myself. I’ve always considered him a good friend even though we rarely saw each other. His sisters kept me posted from time to time about his life endeavors.
I will always consider Boyd and his sisters not only as friends but family.
May Gods Blessing take away the pain as only God can.
For now I say, Rest In Peace my friend and brother, until we meet again in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. JC

Henry Hartz

January 9, 2021

I am sorry to hear about Boyd's passing. I have not been in touch with him since I retired from IMO in 2007 and our relationship was limited. May God's blessings be with his family during this time and in the future.

Randy Carnes

January 8, 2021

Boyd and I worked together for many, many years at IMO. He was a great friend and will be dearly missed. We had lots of conversations over those years, sharing with each other about our relationship and walk with the Lord. Diane, I know we will see him again, soon. My prayers are with you as you walk through this time.

Linda Paulaski Beal

January 7, 2021

So many great memories of working with Boyd at Imo. Prayers go out to all of his family and friends.

Cindy Garris

January 7, 2021

My love and prayers go out to Diane and the family. I will always remember Boyd as a very sweet and kind man. Always enjoyed talking with him and Diane over the years. Blessed to have been neighbors for many years. He always had something encouraging to share and was fun to be around. He surely willl be missed.

Teresa Harper

January 6, 2021

We are very sorry for your loss.
We will keep all of the family in prayers in the days ahead.......much love🙏❤️

Anne Purcelk

January 6, 2021

I enjoyed getting to know Boyd when we worked together for a few years serving Wednesday night meals at Shiloh. I now live in SC! Please know that my prayers are with your family! I am so sorry for your loss!
Anne Purcell

Richard Rust

January 5, 2021

Boyd and I worked together at IMO for 30 years and he became a good friend both at work and outside of work. We didn't stay in touch after I retired and moved to Arizona but that doesn't mean you stop thinking of old friends or talking about them when the opportunity presents itself.

In the mornings when I'd go to see what he was up to I'd greet him with a "McAteer" and he'd come back with a "Mr. Rust". He had a unique way of saying that I can still hear.
Boyd could tell a story especially if he put that Great Falls, SC twist on it. Yea, most were embellished but that just made them better.

The end of the month at work usually got pretty busy and when I needed that extra help Boyd never let me down.
A good friend that never let me down, R.I.P. "McAteer".

Our thoughts & prayers are with Diane & Family.
Richard & Georgia