Spencer Stroud Boyd
September 14, 1938 - August 11, 2019
Spencer Stroud Boyd of Augusta (formerly Covington) passed away peacefully with family on August 11, 2019, after a bout with cancer. Eighty years old at his death, he was born on September 14, 1938, to Effie Ann Stroud Boyd and Charles Pressley Boyd.
He grew up in Porterdale, where his father was a supervisor at the mill and mother owned and operated the Village Inn restaurant. A product of the Newton County School System, he was an all-star basketball player who attended North Georgia College. During his two seasons on the military college team, he scored over 1,000 points. His senior year, he average 29.7 points per game, which still stands as the single-season scoring average for the now-named University of North Georgia. At the end of the season, he ranked third nationally in all collegiate divisions (behind Oscar Robertson) and was nominated for All-American. After college, he served in the U. S. Army as a commissioned officer and continued his military career in the Reserves for five more years. He earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to doctoral studies at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University.
He married Linda Hawkins in July 1967, and they taught together at Saint Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, where daughters Lisa and Jennifer were born. When they moved home to the Boyd family farm in Newton County, he began his long career at Cousins Middle School as a physical education teacher. He loved his students and fellow teachers and positively influenced the lives of thousands of students and educators over decades. In addition to teaching, he loved gardening, hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and playing games of all kinds. He was involved in the community, serving as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Covington and a volunteer for civic organizations, the local food pantry in particular. When he and Linda retired to Augusta, they became active members of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and devoted much of their time to their grandchildren.
Spencer Boyd is survived by his wife Linda Hawkins Boyd; daughters Lisa Boyd and Jennifer Boyd Morgan and their spouses Ward Hobbs and Richard Morgan; adopted daughter Meghann Timmins; Jennifer and Richard’s children Harrison Boyd Bartley, Abigail Morgan, Caleb Morgan, and Daniel Morgan; and his brother Quinton Boyd.
The memorial service will be held Friday August 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church (2261 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial and Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, Suite C, Augusta, Georgia 30909. 762-994-0311
Coach Boyd was an amazing person and not only did he make an impact in my life in school he and Mrs Boyd let me play with my friends Lisa and Jennifer growing up. First laundry shoot I had ever seen which we turned into a fun adventure. I am speaking for both my mom and especially my dad...so many wonderful stories he had growing up with Spencer and Quinton. My prayers are with the family and sending lots of love.The Curtis Family - August 16 at 8:20 AM
Linda, my deepest sympathy and condolences go to you and the family for your loss. Spencer was a shining star from the Class of ‘56 from NCHSNan Smith - August 15 at 7:51 PM
Prayers for Linda and family as you go through this time.Hannah Freeman (Eason) - August 15 at 4:44 PM
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Spencer was a good friend of Sherrod’s and he admired all his accomplishments. Sherrod and Dolores CampbellSherrod Campbell - August 15 at 2:41 PM
Praying for God’s comfort at this moment of your grief for you, Linda and your family.Mary Beth Alexander Clotfelter and Mike Clotfelter - August 15 at 8:25 AM
Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Spencer Boyd. We know his lovely daughter Jennifer and we pray for comfort in the hearts of all of the lives Mr. Boyd touched. God Bless, Renee, Andrew and Adam AustinRenee Austin - August 14 at 5:00 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, as Coach Boyd has arrived to his heavenly home. God Bless you allLisa Mayo Mullins - August 14 at 3:42 PM