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Boyd Freeman Owens

July 7, 1933July 11, 2019

OWENS, Boyd Freeman, 86 of Richmond, VA., passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord on July 11, 2019. Boyd was born in Wilson County, N.C., on July 7, 1933 to his parents, Vivian and Walter Owens. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kym; the mother of his children, Doris; and brother, Walter Freeman Owens, Jr. Surviving are his daughter, Gia; granddaughters, Afton and Ashley; granddogs, Baxter and Nikki. He was one of six siblings and is survived by his brothers, Tim and Wayne; and sisters, Anne and Brenda. Boyd was a kind and gentle man, loved and respected for his gentle soul and side-splitting quick wit. His shining moments were those when he was helping others find their way, instilling confidence and pride where a void once existed. He always stood up for the underdog and treated everyone equally regardless of their circumstance. In fact, he often helped them rise above their situation and break the chains that could have bound them. Boyd started his career in Virginia Beach as a math and P.E. teacher, became principal and then moved to Chesterfield County to start the Title One and Head Start Programs. He loved the country, horses, BBQ, and dessert. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23229. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash St. N., Wilson, N.C. 27896. A Celebration of Life will commence at 2 p.m. at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Barry Drum officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, 2800 Nash St. N., Wilson, N.C. 27896. Online condolences may be posted to www.thomasyelverton.com . In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America www.bbbs.org/donate so that Boyd’s legacy may be continued.

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Stephanie Galbraith

July 17, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Boyd at Sunrise Assisted Living as one of his therapists over the years. It took a while for me to realize his quick wit and sense of humor. Once I did, we had lots of laughs and jokes together. He loved telling me about his family and his horses. He was always kind, agreeable, gentle and willing to do whatever I asked in therapy even when I knew he didn't always want too. He took a special interest in my son whom was studying agriculture and livestock production and would ask about him often. He was very humble and had the best smile. His physical therapist and I used to fight over who hugged him first. I will surely miss his smile , humor and his hugs. So thankful to have worked with him. Sending love and sympathy to his family.

Carl Chafin

July 15, 2019

Boyd Owens was my first boss when I went to work for the Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1983. He was a great boss and a great human being. He helped me succeed in many ways. He was not just my boss, he was my friend. Boyd made everyone around him a better person mostly just by his own example. In the way he led and treated people he set a standard that I always tried to live up to. The world could use a lot more Boyd Owens. He was a one of a kind in a most wonderful way. He also introduced me to boiled peanuts, and his were the best. I am most fortunate to have known him. Carl Chafin

Bonnie Owens Garner

July 13, 2019

Boyd could be funny, he loved joking around and making others laugh! I think his grin is what I shall remember most.
He loved his family and stayed in touch until he was no longer able to do so, calling to check on them as often as he could.
He loved his horses and would light up when talking about caring for them and riding them.
He served his country proudly in the United States Army, following the tradition of his ancestors back to the American Revolution!
He loved sports and played football during high school.
A little remembered fact, he was May Day King at Elm City High School! He was so handsome and I was so proud of him!
He attended Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC.
Like all the rest of us, I know he would agree, he succeeded at many things, failed at other things, and tried to do his best in all things. He was human, as we are! I loved my cousin, Boyd....you will be missed. Your cousin, Bonnie