Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Selected favorite hymns.
Interment: Interment of his cremains will take place at a later date.
James Gilbert "Jimmie" Boyd passed away at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri. He was a lifelong rural Vandalia resident and attended local schools. At an early age, Jimmie helped on the family farm and continued after getting out of school. He began working at the Harbison Walker Refractories in Vandalia for approximately ten years. Jimmie then began driving for Pete Oliver Trucking as an over-the-road driver in 1971. He continued working for Oliver Trucking until he retired in 1986 due to health reasons. Jimmie helped to get the Neighborhood Watch Program started in their part of the country. He was a regular for many years at the coffee shop and he also enjoyed fishing, outdoor activities and attending Van-Far sporting events the grandchildren were in.
Born: October 2, 1940 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the son of James William and Katie Louisa (Morris) Boyd.
Married: Connie Sue Bigelow on July 1, 1977 in Vandalia, Missouri; she survives at the home.
Survivors include: wife, Connie of rural Vandalia; seven children: James W. and wife, Linda Boyd of rural Vandalia; Katherine Lee and husband, Les Scheiner of Benton City; Margie Lynn Seeley of Paris; Millie Ann Boyd of Auxvasse; Mary Beth and husband, Rick Funderburg of Lowell, Arkansas; James Anthony "Tony" Fischer of Laddonia and Kevin Ray Fischer of Laddonia; one sister, Margie Jean and husband Marvin Burnett of rural Vandalia; also survived by 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents; one brother, Lawrence Earl Boyd; one daughter and her family: Susan Michelle Boykin, husband, Andy and their two children: Taylor and Kara Beth Boykin.
Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia Fire Department.