Earl (Sonny)Clayton Boyd
MORRIS — Earl (Sonny) Clayton Boyd passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Albany Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
Earl was born in Cooperstown on June 3, 1932, to Clayton and Mabel (Howard) Boyd.
He lived in Norwich until about age 10. His father passed away and he, his mother and sister moved to Morris.
He graduated from Morris Central School in 1950. Earl joined the Air Force following graduation. He served with the 728th Aircraft and Warning Squadron, 9th Air Force and 6612th Air Installation and Operations in Thule, Greenland SAC. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
Over the years he worked for the Dimock Hollow Telephone Company in Morris and TACO in Sherburne. He and Donald Foote were construction partners for a number of years. Earl also worked at Job Corps in Oneonta and retired from Astrocom in Colliersville in 1994.
He married Norma Schultz in 1956. They resided and raised their family in Morris for 57 years.
Earl is survived by Norma; their three daughters, Sharon Lehr of Morris, Janet Johnson and Riccardo Osuna of New Lisbon and Linda and Andrew Prouty of Sidney; five grandchildren, the joys of his life, Stephen (Toby) and Jesse Lehr, Shelby Johnson, Katelyn and Victoria Prouty; also Riccardo Jr., Cheyenne, Rella and Chino Osuna. He is also survived by one sister, Emily and James Davis of Fredericksburg, Va.; a niece, Renee and Garry Hoffman; one nephew, James Davis; a great-niece, Emily and Justin Rounds; a great-nephew, Bryce Davis, all of the Fredericksburg area; sister-in-law, Beverly and Tom Connor; brother-in-law, Dahl Schultz and Barbara Howard; and several cousins.
Sonny was an avid outdoorsman. Hunting, fishing, trapping and snowmobiling were important activities in his life. He was also a talented bird carver. His bird carvings reside in many homes in the area. Sonny was very passionate about the preservation of the Butternut Valley for the generations to come and had a powerful voice for anti-fracking.
He was predeceased by his parents and a very important influence in his life, Franz Thresher.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Morris Methodist Church in Morris with the Rev. Nancy Stanley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sonny’s name to the Morris Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 126, Morris, NY 13808, American Legion Post 1135, Morris, NY, or the Morris United Methodist Church General Fund, P.O. Box 246, Morris, NY 13808.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.