James Elisha Boyd, Jr.

October 17, 1921 - December 20, 2023

10/17/1921 - 12/20/2023

Past Services

Funeral Service
Saturday February 24, 2024
1:00 pm
Baptist Cemetery
4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Saturday February 24, 2024
2:00 pm
Sylvan Heights Bird Park - Golden Leaf Room
500 Sylvan Heights Park Way
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

James Elisha Boyd, Jr., a beloved member of the community, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2023, at Bryan Health and Rehab in Scotland Neck. He was 102 years old.

Born on October 17, 1921, in Halifax County, James was the son of the late James Elisha Boyd Sr. and Addie Lee Boyd. He grew up alongside his brothers Harry Lee, Claude and Clarence Boyd. He was married to Miriam Shearin Boyd and to this marriage was born two daughters. James was a dedicated family man and cherished the lifelong bond he shared with his siblings.

Throughout his life, James made significant contributions to various fields. He managed the Dixie Theater in Scotland Neck, leaving an indelible mark on the local entertainment scene. Later, James served as the Town Manager for the Town of Scotland Neck. Additionally, he ran the kitchen at Scotfield Country Club in Enfield, showcasing his culinary skills.

When he was not working, James enjoyed exploring new places and cuisines through his travels. Cooking was his passion, and he delighted in preparing delicious meals for his loved ones. James was a man of faith and was an active member of the Scotland Neck United Methodist Church. He also proudly served in the US Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Miriam Shearin Boyd and two brothers Harry Lee Boyd and Clarence Boyd.

James is survived by his two daughters, Becky Boyd Brittle and her husband Tildon of Greenville, and Claudia Boyd Harrell of Scotland Neck. He is also survived by his brother, Claude Boyd of Scotland Neck; one granddaughter, Roberta Taylor and her husband David of Nebo; three grandsons, Matt Harrell and his wife Robin of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Richard Brittle of Buford, GA, and Boyd Brittle and his wife Lina of Greenville; four great-grandsons, Finn Taylor of Nebo, Triston Harrell of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Jake and Brandon Brittle of Buford; and three great-granddaughters, Bella Taylor of Nebo, Hope Harrell of Lakewood Ranch, FL, and Becca Brittle of Greenville.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck.  A visitation with friends will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Sylvan Heights Bird Park – Golden Leaf Room in Scotland Neck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Scotland Neck Memorial Library, 1600 Main Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or by clicking here or Scotland Neck Methodist Church, PO Box 401, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or by clicking here These causes were dear to James’s heart.

A special thank you to the friends and neighbors that always took the time to come by to visit James in the yard over the years, it meant so much.

James Elisha Boyd, Jr. will forever be remembered for his unwavering dedication to his family, community, and country. His warm smile, kind heart, and love for his loved ones will live on in the memories of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service ~ Letchworth Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Boyd family and online condolences may be directed to the family by letchworthsykesfs.com.

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Ashley and Parker Dixon
3 months ago

Parker and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. James. He was such a sweet man and we always loved our visits over the years in the yard. Parker spent many of his younger years playing in the yard and enjoying talking to his Mr. James. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Traci Bevevino
3 months ago

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Mr. Boyd. He was a great man and his legacy will live on through you all. May he rest in peace.

Virginia Best (baby)
3 months ago

To the family I send my condolences to all of you! Mr Boyd was a very nice sweet kind person! It was always a pleasure to be in his company! He could talk with you on any subject! He was a loved man especially from the theater years! A lot of us have that memory of him with us! He will be missed by many! Prayers for each of you!
Virginia Best (baby)

Carey Parker
3 months ago

To the Boyd Family:
I don’t know anyone related to Mr Boyd. After reading the obituary I felt so moved by the life of Mr Boyd.

How wonderful to see the works of a centurion. As he lived and worked in a different world I know that when working without any modern tools, spreadsheets, iPhone, etc. life was more difficult. People took pride in their work and themselves in a humble way; very different world from now.

Based on the eloquent obituary I feel sure that a friend of Mr Boyd was special. I’m sorry our paths never crossed. To the Boyd Family I extend condolences and know you must have a missing piece of your heart with his loss. I can only imagine the stories he told and his experiences.

Peggy Mulder Newsome
3 months ago

To the Family,there are not enough words to tell you all just how special James was to Ernie and myself. We will always remember his friendship,the visits in the yard,and so many other things. Our heart is broken along with you all.James was a super friend that is truly going to be missed by many.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.