Roger Boyd

Sunday, March 30, 1947 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Always Loved

Photo of Roger Boyd  - 1947-2017

Canton-On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Roger Boyd, age 70,  known to many as “Shade” went to his heavenly home after fighting years of declining health.  He has won the Battle.

 Roger was born March 30, 1947 in Haywood County and was the son of the late Bill Boyd and the late Margaret Whitted Boyd. He had honorably served his country as a United States Army Veteran.  Roger loved God, his family and friends with his whole heart.  He had a unique talent of restoring and fixing old cars and teaching this trade to many.

During his high school years and even later, he was one of the best drag racers on the dragway or streets wherever he could find someone to race - even law enforcement, who were also Roger’s friends.  We give thanks for the life of Roger Boyd.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Brenda Smathers Boyd; sisters, Gail Boyd Cannon, Billie Boyd Conard (Jeff); nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, a great-great-nephew and many friends.

The family would like to say thank you to all the staff at Silver Bluff Rehabilitation for the excellent care and thoughtfulness during Roger’s stay there. They are a remarkable group.

His earthly body has been donated to Wake Forest School of Medicine with the hope of finding answers or a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

A memorial service to celebrate Roger’s life will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2017 at Rocky Face Baptist Church.  Reverend Donnie Henson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Boyd family and words of comfort may be shared at

Condolences from family and friends


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Brenda and Billie.... you have our deepest and most sincere condolences.
Dean & Karen Cook
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High School Class of 1975
Dear family and my friend Billy, I share your grief of losing Roger on this earthly plane, but I agree with his victory and rejoice for his new body in Christ. Praying for your peace and comfort. Much love... Lee
Lee Ann Hardin
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I know Roger will be missed by many. Thank you for your wonderful comment about SilverBluff Rehab. They have some very special employees over there. God Bless you
Sheri Dixon-Henson
He fought the good fight, and you, Brenda was right there beside him all the 45 years you were married. Lots of good memories of the years we were in business, and he was a great customer and friend. God bless you and all of the family.
Juanita Dixon
Brenda, Billie, Gail, and family.....So sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant each of you the peace you'll need as you grieve for your sweet loved one. Love, Prayers, and may God grant Blessings to you all as he welcomes Roger into his Heavenly Home.
Jennie Whitted
Roger was a friend through the ages, and that I will cherish. God's grace and comfort be with you Brenda for your love and commitment.
Joe Church
So sorry for your loss.Praying for comfort during this time.
Traci Yates Rogers
Brenda we are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jimmy and DeAna Flynn
Billie, My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. May God give you peace during this time.
Kathy Stockton
Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. My heart is breaking for you. He was so lucky to have you all these years and I am lucky to have you as a friend. Please get in touch with me if you need someone to talk to and I sincerely mean that. Praying for peace and comfort during this time to you and your family. Love you my friend.
Jennifer Campbell Harris
Brenda and Billie, Roger was highly thought of by Mitch and memories of him will be cherished. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Mitch and Nancy Allen
I am very sorry to hear of Roger's passing, but also know he suffered more for longer than most could endure for less time. Yet, he was able to bring a smile to his face and anyone he spoke to. His courage, kind heart and generous spirit are well-known, and he will endure as an inspiration to many including me. He was soft-spoken, and the most genuine person you would ever meet. I count it a privilege and honor to call him cousin, friend, and brother-in-arms. To Brenda his loving wife, Gail, Billy, and the entire Family I offer my sincere Sympathy and Love. Mark
Mark Whitted
Brenda & family, Mom & I send our most sincere condolences to you. Our thoughts & prayers for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Love to all.
Beckie King MacEmcy
Brenda, My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Roger was indeeed a most special person, who was always kind and gracious to me. I will truly miss him
Tyke Jones
So sorry for your loss.
Michael Kyle
Brenda I am so very sorry for your loss. You were an example that all of us should follow with your love and tender care of Roger. Please know you are in our hearts and definitely in our prayers
Doris and Danny Clark
Billie, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Tina Parham Daniels
Brenda, we are so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Roger will be missed greatly.
Steve & Kathy Ammons
Brenda, We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Fred & Joy Brown
I am so sorry about Roger....he was one of my favorite people when I worked for Dr Cogburn years ago... prayers for you and family
Miranda Russell
The Mehaffey Family wants to express our condolences to the Family of Roger Boyd, our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a very sweet man and will be truly missed by all who knew him. His kind and generous spirit forever will be remembered in our hearts. Bud, Wayne, Van and Morris Mehaffey.
The Mehaffey brothers
Brenda, Billie, Gail and all the family. My deepest sympathy to each of you. It is never easy to say goodbye to our loved ones even though we know they are in a much better place. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Amanda Robinson
To all of Roger's family and my sweet friend Billie I'm so sorry you are in my prayers God bless you
Louann Pressley
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Janice Gibson
Brenda, Gail, Billie You are in our thoughts and prayers. God's Blessings.
Gary and Terri Taylor
Brenda, so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. He was always a good friend and wont be forgotten. You and the family are in our prayers.
Doug King
Brenda, please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. I know that Terry and Roger are working on old cars in heaven!
Pennie Gregory
So sorry for your loss or Rogers home going Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families He was the sweetest man Heaven gained another angel
Linda & Ben Barnes
God Bless Your Family. Our prayers and love are with you. Roger was a great friend.
Jerry and Debbie Daniels
Billie - I am so sorry about the loss of your brother. Prayers for comfort and healing......Kim
Kim Rice Adams
Sorry for your loss, praying for all.
Leslie and Sheila King
Brenda, So sorry to hear of Rogers passing.He took a lot during his life. If one has to go 70 is a good age as 7 is a number of completion.God rest his soul and bring you comfort.
Leesa Parris Stevens
Thoughts and Prayers go with Roger and his family on his final race.
Buddy Boone
My condolences to Roger's family and friends. We were students together at Canton High School, and I always appreciated our friendship when our paths would cross over the years. He was a good man and he will be missed by all who knew him. RIP, old friend.
Richard Hurley
Brenda - I am so sorry I could not make it to Roger's funeral. I was ill. I wanted to let you know how sorry I am that Roger passed away. My deepest condolences. However, I know that he is in a much better place where he is able to race, walk, and eat freely. I love you. Please let me know if you need anything.
Dear Billie and family I read of Roger's passing and had to send you a note. He was such a nice person and I remember him helping me when I was hanging yours and your mom's curtains, many moons ago. Have thought of all of you several times and read of your dad & mom's deaths. Just want you to know that I have fond memories of the whole family. God is so gracious to give us the ability to make memories that sustain us as the years go by. With love, Sandra Clark
Sandra Clark
I'm so sorry for your loss Brenda!!! You all are in my prayers!!! Love you sweetie!!
Anne F Elliott
Sorry to hear about rogers passing always liked Roger we always talked about cars which he dearly loved, our prays are with the family.
HAROLD&Barbara Hannah