James Richardson Boyd III – 80 years young and spirit still remaining
James was given life in the city of Atlanta, GA on February 11, 1938, and 80 years later in the city of Norfolk, VA on June 24th, 2018, the heavens opened up and there was thunder from the throne and Seven Spanish Angels took another Angel home. The dates of birth and death are nowhere near as significant as the dash that lies between them. He came into this world with nothing and left with immeasurable riches. He was a treasured and loving son having grown up with his mother, Margaret Scott in Birmingham, AL. He joined the United States Navy at age 18, during his service to the Military he was transferred to a Navy ship stationed in Norfolk, Virginia where he met and captivated the heart of lovely woman, Patsy, who was to be his wife of 60 years. During those years he became a cherished, respected, and well-loved father to four children of his own, Patricia, Robert, James, and Leslie.
In addition to raising his own four children, he became the director of the Norfolk Olympia Baseball Association for the City of Norfolk. He became a father to many others during that time, children with no homes and others who grew to love him as yet another father. Children ranging in ages 5 to teens. He was loved and respected by all who knew him, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. His children grown and married, brought their spouses as 4(FOUR) additional children for him to cherish, John, Teresa, Melissa and Dan. During his working years and after retiring, he was blessed with (NINE) 9 grandchildren, Joseph, Kathrine, Jennifer, Amy, Christina, Lisa, Kimberly, Bridgette and Jack. He remained steadfast in his dedication to the service of area youth by becoming a charter member on the Board of Directors for The Commonwealth Challenge Parent Association, a volunteer and non-profit organization, whose primary purpose was to secure funding via fundraisers and private donations to provide cadet scholarships and academic support for the Commonwealth Challenge Youth Program. He received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in the Year 2013 for his work with this program.
He would continue his youth associations only in a more private and family oriented environment by welcoming into the family 11(ELEVEN) great-grandchildren, Cameron, Dominic, Chucky, Declan, Carey, Lyndsey, Kellen, Christian, Joseph, Michael and Connor.
He lived a very full and happy life, and we are all honored to celebrate the dash between the day he entered this life and the day he left it. We encourage all who knew and loved him to share in a Celebration of His Life which will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 1:00p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home-Chesapeake Chapel, 929 S Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake, VA.
While Parkinson’s Disease claimed his life, it never defined it. It would be his wish that memorial contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org or by mail to: 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL. 33131.
Online Condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.altmeyerfh.com.
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