Tom Mays (Tim) Barton Boyd peacefully died on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. Tim was born December 16, 1917, the youngest of six children in Cushing, Texas to parents Eryme Summers Barton and Doctor Yancy Pascal Barton. She graduated from Cushing High School and attended both the University of Texas in Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Tim obtained a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition and following graduation taught high school in Kilgore. A trip home for the Christmas holidays combined with the reconstruction of State Highway 21 provided an opportunity for a blind date with her future husband, William Riley Boyd, Jr. Their beautiful union spanned seventy-four years and was a testament of sacrificial love and commitment.
Tim had no greater appreciation than for family and friends. She was a matriarch to many, an open heart and an open door with her elegant Southern hospitality, charm and dignity perpetually present. Tim was fiercely loyal and supportive of her family. Her only true weakness was a scoop of Baskin Robbins coffee ice cream. Lovingly called “MomMommy” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she never missed an opportunity to attend a game, recital or theater event. Her passion for the holidays shined the most as Chief Operating Officer of Christmas Preparations where she single handedly revolutionized the presentation of a gift from her headquarters commonly referred to as the “Wrap Room”. Tim’s love of Christmas and entertaining was especially evident at her annual Christmas Eve party. A recognized authority in Southern Table Manners, if you found yourself at her table, only the utmost etiquette would be accepted in exchange for the best meal you had ever eaten.
As the First Lady of W.R. Boyd, Incorporated, Tim made a home in numerous towns and cities. Those in Texas included Cushing, Beaumont, Jasper, San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Kerrville and El Paso. In 1954 Bill, Tim and their daughter Yancy moved to Center and proudly called it home for over 60 years. They were members of the First United Methodist Church where she served as MYF sponsor and readily donated her time arranging flowers and preparing food. Tim was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Center Garden Club where she exhibited her love of gardening and flowers. She was also a founding member of “The Pine Street Coffee Club.” Her commitment to caring for others led her to provide home care for relatives, often for months at a time, and to provide holiday meal for neighbors who were alone. Tim will always be remembered as the utmost in elegance and grace, as well as for her independence, strength, grit, love of all things beautiful, and sense of humor.
Tim was preceded in death by her devoted husband William Riley Boyd, Jr; her brother, Winston Marion Barton and her sisters Beatrice Barton Rohrbaugh and Fanny Jo, Kathleen and Jeanette Barton. She is survived by her daughter Yancy Boyd Bradford (George) of Fort Worth; her granddaughter Phoebe Fleming Moore (Carl) of Dallas; her grandson Michael Graydon Fleming, Jr (Jana) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; her great grandchildren Graydon Elizabeth Moore, Watson Riley Fleming, Davis Boyd Fleming, Riley Kathryn Moore, Hughes Michael Fleming and her beloved nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Monday, April 23, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service will follow at Cushing Cemetery with The Right Reverend Sam B. Hulsey officiating.
Pallbearers include William H. Wall, Jr, Wayne A. Davis, Michael G. Fleming, Dale C. Hall, Robert E. Havran and James B. Peterson. Honorary pallbearers include J. Timothy Byrne, William C. Moore, Frank Edward Parker, Jr., and William H. Wall III (Tripp).
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street Dallas, Texas 75219. Attn. Development Department.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com