Charles Easton Boyd – Runnels County Register

Charles Easton Boyd, known as “Big Daddy”, to his family, went to be with our Lord and Savior peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 88 on July 9, 2022, at his home in Shep, Texas . He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Charles was born on January 25, 1934, and was the eldest son of Troy E. Boyd and Adolphine E. Zips, who predeceased him. He grew up in Shep and Happy Valley. Charles began school in Happy Valley and graduated from Blackwell High School in 1952. After school he served honorably in the United States Army and upon his return from service married his beloved wife of 66 years old, Melba Ballard. Together they had two sons, David and Royce Boyd. Charles went to college for a business degree and was employed by AMPI for 20 years until his retirement. in the future, he was a local farmer who enjoyed working the land, tending to his garden, his goats, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. Charles was a leader of the Shep Church of Christ and a pillar of the Shep community. He liked to go fishing and play the guitar; he often sang about his home in the Happy Valley and farm life in Shep. He loved his Lord and Saviour, his family and his community and did everything for everyone.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Melba Ballard of Shep, Texas; son, David Boyd and his wife, Tina of Shep, Texas; Royce Boyd and his wife, Melody of Shep, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon Boyd and Michelle of Natalia, Texas; Jennifer and Angel Solis of Shep, Texas; Mindy and Chad Mahon of San Angelo, Texas; Chris Boyd of Blackwell, Texas; 12 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Millie and David Smith; brothers, Ernest, Mack and Don and their families.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Shep Cemetery in Shep, TX. To leave your condolences to the family, please visit

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