December 27, 1933 ~ January 9, 2021

Born in: Yancey Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joel Williams Boyd, 87, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Mission Hospital.

Mrs. Boyd was born December 27, 1933, in Yancey County to the late Roy and Elizabeth Williams. She worked for more than 40 years in the office of the WNC Livestock Market and she was a member of Abernethy United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed her flower gardens and time with friends and family. She loved the mountain views of Asheville where she lived her entire life.

She was married for 67 years to William L. “Bill” Boyd, who died November 15, 2020.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Boyd Martin (Jim) of Knoxville, TN, and two granddaughters, Megan Martin Clark (Andrew) and Dr. Kelli Martin Alley (Blair).

A private service for family members will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with the Rev. Karen Christy Kurtz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. She meant so much to me and my family. It’s very hard to say goodbye. We all loved her, she was the glue that connected generations. Aunt Joel exemplified the lost art of Southern Grace. Finding comfort that she is at peace and back with her true love.

  2. Mom and I will miss your mother and grandmother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We also miss your dad and grandfather Bill.

  3. Cynthia I am so sorry to hear about Joel!! I loved her so much!!! She was always there for me and Lynn when Aunt Peggy and Uncle Charles were sick, she used to come down and just set and talk with us!!

  4. Aunt Joel was a wonderfully sweet lady. She will be truly missed. Our prayers go out to all her family for peace and comfort from the Lord in this difficult time.

  5. Joel was a dear friend and at the last Christmas party we sat together and recalled some of our classroom days. The fun we had and the days we would love to be able to live over. She was a great lady and will certainly be missed.

  6. Joel was a shining light in our neighborhood. Her humor and grace was a gift to everyone who knew her and loved her. Our hearts are very heavy with sadness.

  7. Dear Cynthia and family,
    Please know that you are in our prayers and you will feel God’s powerful love and strength to get through this most diffucult time in your lives.
    Over the years, we have noticed as most all of the “original Rash Road neighbors” have now passed on or moved away. It was such a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in as children, however time moves forward and our eyes must focus on The “Prize” – God in all His Glory!
    Jesus welcomed your sweet parents in Nov-2020 & Jan-2021 to their heavenly home leaving you with many precious memories to find encouragement in. We’re thankful for the life(s) your parents, our parents and so many more that lived graciously before us and now we must follow in their footsteps teaching the children and all others around us God’s way.
    May His Light shine brightly in our lives and our hearts be filled with His Love.
    God bless you always!

  8. My heart is breaking over the passing of Joel! She always called to check on my mom, Barbara Evans! They were dear friends! She would even drive over and visit with her💜💜💜 my heartfelt sympathy is with your family💜💜 the last time I talked to her, she was missing her dear husband but now they are together in heaven! My prayers are with you in the coming days!!!!


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