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Robert Massie Boyd, Jr
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1914
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 2007
Virginia Beach City
Virginia, USA

Robert Massie Boyd Jr., 93, passed away Dec. 27, 2007, in his residence.

Mr. Boyd was born Sept. 16, 1914, in Norfolk and was the son of the late Nellie Virginia Bluford Boyd and Robert Massie Boyd Sr.

He was a graduate of Maury High School, Class of 1932. He also attended Hampden-Sydney College and University of Virginia.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a graduate of the Officers Candidates School and during World War II, he served in the Corps of Engineers in the Pacific.

Mr. Boyd was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach and also the Princess Anne Country Club. He was the owner of the Boyd Bluford Company, Wholesale Distributors and had retired from there in 1993.

After retirement, he initiated and became instrumental in the restoration of the Boyd Tavern in Boydton, Va. He was the past president of the Boyd Family Memorial Foundation and the Boyd Tavern Foundation.

A lifelong lover of quail hunting, he was a founding member of the Pheasant Pluckers International. He also pursued various business interests in his beloved Mecklenburg County and spent many happy hours encouraging the resurgence of the Bob White Quail on the family farms.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Mildred Duncan Boyd; his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and James W. Rawles Jr.; four grandsons, Robert Boyd Rawles, James W. Rawles III, Alexander Bryan Rawles and Charles M. Rawles; and sister, Patricia Boyd Melchor. The family would like to thank Eve Boyd for her care and support during this time.

A funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach today at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in Organsville, 3382 Trottinridge Road, Clarksville, Va., the family farm in Mecklenburg County.

Watkins-Cooper-Lyon Funeral home is handling Mecklenburg arrangements. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling local arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boyd Tavern Foundation, P.O. Box 183, Boydton, VA 23917 or to a charity of one's choice. 
Family links: 
  Robert Massey Boyd (1883 - 1949)
  Nellie Virginia Bluford Boyd (1889 - 1969)
Specifically: 3382 Trottinridge Road, Clarksville, Va., the family farm in Mecklenburg County
Maintained by: Nevina
Originally Created by: Maggie
Record added: Dec 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23647546

- Maggie
 Added: Dec. 30, 2007

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