diocesan shield Requiescat in pace Canon Boyd
The Rev. Canon Billie R. Boyd
1923 - 2011

The Rev. Canon Billie R. Boyd died Thursday, March 3, at Baylor All Saints hospital in Fort Worth, just three weeks short of his 88th birthday. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Iker at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Church of the Holy Apostles, 3900 Longvue Avenue, Fort Worth. Interment will follow in his native Sulphur Springs.

Canon Boyd became the first priest canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in 1983 when he was named Canon to the Ordinary by the founding bishop, the Rt. Rev. A. Donald Davies.

He continued to serve as Canon to the Ordinary under Bishop Davies’ successor, the Rt. Rev. Clarence C. Pope, until 1989. He served Bishop Iker as Business Administrator from 1997 to 2001 and was appointed interim rector at both All Saints’ in Weatherford and St. John’s in Fort Worth. In recent years he was chaplain to the retired clergy and clergy widows. He is remembered fondly by all the diocesan staff.

Canon Boyd was a graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. Born on Annunciation Day in 1923, he was ordained deacon on June 15, 1970, and priest on Dec. 20, 1970, in the Diocese of Dallas. Before his life as a priest, he served in the United States Army for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Major.

During his parochial ministry, Fr. Boyd served for 11 years as rector of St. Luke’s Church in Mineral Wells. His affection for that parish never waned.

Canon Boyd is preceeded in death by his wife, Doris, and his son, Bill. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Woolsey, who lives in Virginia, and several grandchildren.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.