Robert Andrew “Bob” Boyd passed away quickly and peacefully at Asbury Place in Maryville on Wednesday, July 14. He was 87. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Orville Delbert and Edythe Ruth (Raffensberger) Boyd, and by son Thomas Robert Boyd. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Barbara Joan (Bailey) Boyd, daughters Elizabeth Ellen “Betsy” Boyd and Janette Ruth Lafon, son and daughter-in-law Ken and Sarah Boyd, all of Maryville, and daughter-in-law Sandy Boyd of Bradenton, FL.; grandchildren Nick (Sabrina) Lafon, Matt (Megan) Lafon of Maryville, Katie (Mark) Pirke of Lakeland, FL, Jennifer Boyd (Brett Olsen) of Parrish, FL, Rebecca (Brian) Ott of Knoxville, and Andrew Boyd of Maryville; great-grandchildren Leslie, Sam and Maryanna Lafon, Antonia Boyd, Lillian Baker, Gweneviere Olsen, Wesley-Alexander Olsen and Daphne Ott. Bob was born in Akron, Ohio, on January 30, 1934. He followed in his father’s footsteps for a long, successful and satisfying career in retail management, having worked for the F.W. Woolworth Co. in Ohio and Kentucky and T.G. & Y. Stores and Craft Depot in Florida. He retired twice from retail, but missed it so much that upon moving to Tennessee in 2005, he continued to work part-time as a merchandiser. Always good with numbers, he served for several years as treasurer for the Mercer Place Homeowners Association. Bob loved camping in hiking with family and friends in Ohio and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As a beloved husband, dad, granddad and great-granddad, Bob will most be remembered for his devotion to and love for his family. The family will gather for private remembrances and a celebration of Bob’s life.
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