Rev James Ellis Boyd

Died: Sat., Aug. 29, 2020


Graveside Service

2:00 PM Tue., Sep. 01, 2020
Location: Hardens Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery


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Rev. James Ellis Boyd, age 83, died August 29, 2020 surrounded by his family at his St. Simon’s Island home after a long illness.  Rev. Boyd was a retired minister, serving 19 years in the Southern Baptists Georgia church and 25 years in the United Methodist Church. He was born and raised on his family farm in Toombs County Georgia and graduated from Toombs Central High School in 1955. Rev. Boyd was a past Master of the Inman Creek Lodge #491, and member of the Quint Shrine. He was educated at Brewton Parker College, Mercer University and the United Methodist School of Theological Studies in Atlanta. He was also a published author, historian and amateur photographer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Richard Sherwood and Susie Hayslip Boyd and siblings; Hazel Boyd Stein, Richard Halbert Boyd, Florine Boyd Griggers, and Doyle Sherwood Boyd.

Rev. Boyd is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Billie June; his son and daughter-in-law, James Richard and Tammy Holland Boyd of Dacula, GA and grandchildren; Terah Boyd and Jason Bright of Atlanta, Whitney Elise Boyd of Dacula, Richard Dustin Boyd of Atlanta, and Caroline Malissa Boyd of Dacula, GA; sister and brother-in-law Rita and Brad Merk of Vidalia, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Rev. James Ellis Boyd will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Hardens Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Reverend Tom Jones and Reverend Richard Soper officiating.
Interment will follow with full Masonic rights.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made in Rev. Boyd’s honor to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. https://www.pcf.org/about-us/

Ronnie L. Stewart Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Pat and Ron Simpson
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Billie June and family. James will be missed by so many whose lives he touched. We will always remember what a wonderful neighbor he was, and we will always think of the interesting conversations we had on our trips to St. Simons. James was such a Christian gentleman, and we know he has left a lasting legacy for his children and grands. Our lives are much richer for our time knowing James and Billie June.

Margaret Moseley McCullough
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Billie Jean,
Praying comfort for you for the days ahead, so sorry to hear about James Ellis passing but he has reached his eternal home.

Mickey and Gay Stone
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Ms Billie Jean, we are so sorry to hear the news about Bro James. He was a wonderful man and has given me many hours of enjoyment reading his columns in the paper. He sure seemed to enjoy life and I am sure he was welcomed with open arms when he stepped into heaven.

Emma Anderson
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Billie June, my thoughts and prayers are with you and family now and in the months ahead. You'll were blessed to have him as long as you did. He was a very loving and kind person, I am lucky to have had known him and to know he was married to one of my dear friends. Love and stay intouch.

Ralph and Molly Kemp
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
We will miss seeing you at the 1960 class reunion. It was always a pleasure to spend time with you. Billie June and the family has our deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Jackie Alexander
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
I am so sorry Billie June and family. Praying for comfort and peace in the days ahead.i

Sue Rustin Grisham
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Billie Jean, Richard, Rita and Family, sorry to hear of James Ellis's passing. I have known him all my life with interaction with his family at Harden's Chapel functions numerous times. He and his dad were faithful servants of the community. May you all remember all those happy times and be comforted. God bless you all.

Gerry Mize
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Billie June and family all my sympathy in the passing of Rev. Boyd. I enjoyed knowing him at Magnolia Manor. May God bless you.

Gloria Register Thigpen
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
What a fine man. He was soo loved by many which included my family. My mother, Sara Register, was heart broken when she found out he was low and then when he died. As a family he had been a part of our lives for many many years. Just last year we saw him at Center Church's homecoming. I thoroughly enjoyed his musings on facebook and his pictures. I also remember his writing for the local newspapers. He so loved the Lord and his wife, Billie June. I know he will be missed by all and I pray that God wrap his loving arms around each and every one of you as you say your final good bye here on earth to know that one day there will be a hello again.

Gloria Crosby
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Billie June and family my deepest condolences. It was a great pleasure having Bro James and you serving Graham United Methodist Church. He was always full of life. May God give you and your family comfort throughout the days to come. God bless and know I love you. My prayers are with you all.


Mary Ella and Charles Whatley
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
As past-presidents of the Eagles, we’ve seen first-hand his servant’s heart. He’ll be missed here and enjoyed in heaven!

Barbara Youmans Trull
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
Billie June and family,
My prayers and thoughts go out to each of you. As long as I can remember, it was always James Ellis and Billie June when anyone was talking about the family, never just one. I have fond memories of attending many Vacation Bible Schools with him, both at Hammond and Normantown. He was a real role model for many kids as we grew up in the country. May God continue to bless you as you travel the journey ahead.

Linda and Reggie E Banks
   Posted Wed September 02, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers go out to the family and friends. May God bless you and comfort you.

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