October 30th – Clayton, Alabama: Mr. Dempsey Boyd, founder of Boyd Bros. Transportation passed away, Monday, October 29, 2012 at his home after an extended illness. Mr. Boyd’s family held services at the Clayton United Methodist Church in Clayton, AL.
Born October 18, 1927 in Barbour County, Dempsey was the son of the late William Nicky and Elma Carroll Boyd. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Boyd. Dempsey served in the US Army in his younger years. He was a member of the Clayton United Methodist Church where he held various offices. Dempsey, along with brothers Cecil and Hilly, began driving trucks in 1946. He and his brothers founded Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. in 1956.
In 1965 his brothers left the company leaving Dempsey as the leader of what today is one of the largest flatbed carriers in the country. He has remained an integral part of the Company since his retirement. Dempsey served as Chairman of the Board of the Alabama Trucking Association in 1983 and was the recipient of the H. Chester Webb Award in 1987. Dempsey had an interest in real estate and development. He was a generous man to many people throughout his life. His generosity led to his contributions to the continued growth of Harvest Time Ministries in Clayton, AL.
In addition to his interests in real estate and development he also had a passion for farming, timber and hotels. Dempsey was a true entrepreneur, who, through hard work, risk taking, and old fashioned common sense, not only built a company that has changed America but also helped provide a future for many people. Dempsey will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Boyd, Clayton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Ronny Cooper, and Ginger and Darren Hartzog all of Clayton.