Ober Armistead “Sonny” Boyd Jr.

Ober Armistead “Sonny” Boyd Jr., 78, of Spotsylvania, VA, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Henrico Hospital in Richmond, VA.

Sonny was born on July 17, 1942, in Richmond, VA, to the late Ober Boyd Sr. and Elvira Boyd, and was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Wayne Boyd.

Sonny was an amazingly kind and gentle man who loved God and his family more than anything else in the world. He touched countless lives with his generosity and had a happy smile and friendly conversation waiting for everyone he ever met. His biggest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially the holidays with his grandchildren and vacations with his brothers and sisters. When he wasn’t out visiting auctions or taking his dog Sophie for a drive, he could always be found at home tinkering in his building, working in the yard, or sitting on the porch with his wife watching the birds and squirrels. He enjoyed collecting hats and model cars, watching western movies, and rooting for the Virginia Cavaliers and Washington Redskins. Sonny was proud to be a born again Christian, prayer warrior, and devout member of Calvary Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, VA. His beautiful soul is now resting in peace with the Lord.

Surviving Sonny are his loving wife of 60 years, Iona (Robinson) Boyd; his children, Sharon Hoopengardner (Eric) of Big Cove Tannery, PA, Kenny Boyd (Rhonda) of Front Royal, VA, Patti Romer of Front Royal, VA, and Carole Berlin (Bob) of Valparaiso, IN; his sister, Neva Ann Barnett (Bill) of Mechanicsville, VA; his grandchildren, Christopher Crouch (Adeena), Michael Boyd (Devin), Stacy Brown (Mike), Shannon Walker (Michael), Nikki Lewis (Josh), Kelsey Romer (Sean), Jessica Berlin, and Michaela Berlin; his great-grandchildren, Jayelan, Cael, Myleigh Pearl, Easton, Landon, Vayda, Jordan, Dawson, Letti, and Gavin; siblings-in-law Calvert and Shirley Hurdle, Frank and Mary Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held for Sonny at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St in Front Royal, VA, with pastors Justin Spradlin and Gary Moger officiating. Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects one hour prior to the service. The burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery following the service.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Crouch, Michael Boyd, Michael Walker, Mike Brown, Josh Lewis, and Eric Hoopengardner.

Honorary pallbearers are Frank Moore, Calvert Hurdle, and Cael Boyd.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.maddoxfuneralhome.com

  7 comments for “Ober Armistead “Sonny” Boyd Jr.

  1. Connie Duvall Biener
    May 5, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Mr. Boyd, I have such great memories of you. When I was a little girl you always made me feel so special. Giving me that extra attention. I remember one time my daddy forgetting me at church and you brought me home. You thought it was so funny. Thank you for being the man you were. You will be truly missed. I love you.

  2. Jeanie Mullins
    May 5, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Iona, my heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. Mr. Boyd was such a kind and gentle man and he will be greatly missed. We won’t be able to walk into church without looking down at the sidewalk and seeing the rocks that he always scooted off with his foot as he walked in the door. Remember, we are here for you and love you.

  3. Betty Dudley Sutton
    May 6, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Iona, I was sad to hear of Sonny’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. Sonny loved the Lord, you and your family. Take comfort that he is with the Lord and you will see him one day.

  4. Sara Thomson
    May 6, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Patti our prayers are with you. Paul and Sara

    • James Ragsdale
      May 7, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      We are saddened to hear about Sonny. He was so friendly. We would make each other laugh and smile when I saw him at Church. He was so kind to others. I will miss him and our prayers are with you and your family . I pray that our Lord Jesus will hold him in his arms and that Jesus will comfort and bless you. James and Patricia Ragsdale

  5. P astor & Sharon Nichols
    May 7, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Dearest Iona, We are so sorry we had to be away today. All of you will be in our prayers, with Pastor’s message, that the Lord will work in and comfort hearts. We are so grateful l the Lord allowed us to know dear Spongy for this last year. He is a dear soul and already made a point to speak with Brio. Nichols and inquire as to how health. He was a very caring person. We miss him so very much already. What joy awaits us all in the Family of God!

  6. Brenda and Dwayne Day
    May 13, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Dwayne and I are so very sorry for the loss of Sonny, he was such a very special person, always enjoyed talking with him, no matter he always made you feel welcomed. If you need anything at all please give us a call, we’ll continue to keep everyone in our prayers.

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