Boyd Foxwell

December 13, 1935April 2, 2021

On Good Friday, April 2, 2021, Herbert ”Boyd” Foxwell, 85, passed away peacefully after complications from CMML2 and a rare platelet disorder. Boyd was born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 13, 1935 to the late Robert H. Foxwell and Ida G. Foxwell. He graduated from Granby High School. He was raised in South Norfolk Lodge No. 339 and was a Member of Kempsville Lodge No. 196 and a Noble of Khedive Shrine. In the Shrine, he was a member of the Drum & Bugle Corps and Clown Unit. He enjoyed entertaining children at the Shriner’s Hospitals and marching in parades as a clown.

In January 1981, he married the love of his life, Deborah Gregory Foxwell. Their marriage lasted over 40 years and leaves behind a very strong legacy of love, family and happiness.

Boyd enjoyed working, playing golf and he never retired. He was still working two days a week up until he passed away. Loving and supporting his family was his number one priority. He was beloved by so many and never met a stranger! His ability to make others feel welcome, quick wit, and positive attitude were why others were instantly drawn to him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Deborah (DeDe) Gregory Foxwell; his daughter, Debra Foxwell Thrasher (Fred); his granddaughter, Lauren Brooke Smithson (Ryan); and his great-granddaughter, Callie Brooke Grose. He was surrounded in his life by “his girls” as he called them: DeDe, Debra, Brooke and Callie. Also survived are his brother, L. David Foxwell; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Foxwell; and his nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.

The family will receive friends during A Celebration of Life at a later date. The details will be published in the newspaper at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at Condolences may be offered online at


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Duncan Wallace

April 8, 2021

So sad to learn of Boyd's death. He was the best landlord ever coupled with the nicest personality who was so totally responsive during our catastrophe when a tree fell on our home. Our best to the family during this difficult time.

John and Pauline Alexander

April 8, 2021

Our sincere condolences . Boyd was a true friend who will be sorely missed.

Grace Wilkins

April 6, 2021

I was truly blessed to have known Boyd- in an industry that was often stressful, he was always quick with a smile and a kind word. He will be greatly missed, and I am grateful to have had the time with him that I did.

Paul & Phyllis Wolfe

April 5, 2021

Praying for the entire family that GOD will Bless You All at this difficult time .
May you always hold dear the wonderful memories that you have shared together .

Paul & Phyllis Wolfe & Doris Wolfe Harlan