On the evening of May 15, 2014, Chris passed away peacefully in his sleep due to metastatic melanoma. Chris was being visited and comforted by family members at the VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN at the time of his passing. Chris was 53 years old.
Chris Boyd was born in Johnson City, TN, on May 11 1961. He was the sixth child and the fifth son of Mattie Lee and Jack Harold Boyd Sr.
He was raised on his parents’ farm in Mosheim, TN. As a boy he was always surrounded by family and friends. Throughout his life, being surrounded by family and friends was the thing that made him the happiest.
At the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country from 1979 to 1985. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sgt. Afterward he was employed as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft, and later worked as an engineer at SAIC. He taught electronic engineering at ITT technical institute, where he met Sandra Potts, the woman he later married. With Sandra, he began his family. Together they had Issac, Gladys and Kenneth.
Although Chris told many wild tales of his travels, he was happiest when at home with his family. He lived and worked in many places, but always found his way back home to Greene Co. He enjoyed watching UT football with his brother, Ronnie, nephew, Jason, and youngest son, Kenneth. When weather was nice, he enjoyed spending hours outside gardening or catching and throwing back fish. He was an expert “fish story” teller.
He was also an excellent cook. He enjoyed cooking for his family and often tested his “experiments” on his family and friends. He would always make the favorite meal of each of his children when they would come back home for a visit. According to Kenny and Lesa Majors, “He was the best friend a couple could ever have.” And he was often quoted as saying, “The main thing is to maintain.”
Chris never knew a stranger. He made friends everywhere he went. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie and Jack Boyd; and his brothers, Perry and Michael Boyd.
Chris is survived by: His wife, Sandra Boyd; his children Issac Ebrahimi and his wife, Misty, Gladys Fitzgerald and Her husband, Chris, and Kenneth “Mikey” Boyd; his brother, Ronnie Boyd and his wife, Kathy; his brother, Jack Boyd; his sister, Sandra Bautista; his grandchildren, Alexis Seay, Alexzander Ebrahimi and Vladimir Ebrahimi; special nephews, Jason Boyd and Johnny Bowlin; lifelong friends Kenny and Lesa Majors; and his godchildren, Matthew Majors and Megan Shelton. He is also survived by a multitude of other family and friends.
A graveside service will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Mountain Home, TN. The service will be held on Friday, May 23rd, at 2:30 PM.
Chris requested that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in his name for cancer research. Donations may be made to the VA, St. Jude, Shriners, or other cancer research organizations.