OWENS, Boyd Freeman, 86, of Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord on July 11, 2019. Boyd was born in Wilson County, N.C., on July 7, 1933, to his parents, Vivian and Walter Owens. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kym; the mother of his children, Doris; and brother, Walter Freeman Owens Jr. Surviving are his daughter, Gia; nieces, Afton and Ashley; granddogs, Baxter and Nikki. He was one of six siblings and is survived by his brothers, Tim and Wayne; and sisters, Anne and Brenda. Boyd was a kind and gentle man, loved and respected for his gentle soul and side-splitting quick wit. His shining moments were those when he was helping others find their way, instilling confidence and pride where a void once existed. He always stood up for the underdog and treated everyone equally regardless of their circumstance. In fact, he often helped them rise above their situation and break the chains that could have bound them. Boyd started his career in Virginia Beach as a math and P.E. teacher, became principal and then moved to Chesterfield County to start the Title One and Head Start Programs. He loved the country, horses, BBQ and dessert. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash St. N., Wilson, N.C. 27896. A Celebration of Life will commence at 2 p.m. at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Barry Drum officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, 2800 Nash St. N., Wilson, N.C., 27896. Online condolences may be posted to www.thomasyelverton.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, www.bbbs.org/donate so that Boyd's legacy may be continued.

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