Neill Kenneth Boyd, 29, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at his home. Neill was born November 17, 1988 in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Buies Creek in December 1989. Neill attended elementary and middle school in Harnett County and graduated from Cape Fear Christian School in 2007. He acquired a love for the NC mountains early in his life beginning with visiting his older brother and sisters during their summer employment at Teen Valley Ranch in Plumtree, NC. As early as possible, Neill followed other siblings by working at the Christian camp. After graduating from high school, he moved to Banner Elk and lived most of his years after graduation in the mountains. Neill enjoyed art, music, cooking and building things.
Funeral service will be conducted 10:00 am Saturday, January 13, 2018 at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Chapel with Rev. Clarence Hardison, Rev. Terry Beatty, and Rev. Dan Jarmon officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery, 2264 Hwy. US 421 N., Lillington. The family will receive friends following the service at Rawls Baptist Church, 10665 Hwy. US 401 N, Fuquay-Varina. In honor of Neill’s preferred dress of blue jeans and flannel shirts, the family encourages casual dress. Carhartt’s, blue jeans, flannels, tie dye, tennis shoes, Chacos, etc. are Neill’s Casual.
Neill is survived by his parents Jim and Susan Auer Boyd of Buies Creek. Sisters, Jessica Green (Carl) of Wake Forest; Sharon Taunton (Kyle) of Goose Creek, SC; brothers Brian Boyd (Barbara) of Wilmington; Kevin Boyd(Sharon) of Duncan. 9 nieces and nephews: Noah, Sean, Laila, Kye, Laurel, Grady, Kaleigh, Teague and Paityn.
Neill found Belle, his beloved dog, on a hiking trail badly mauled by a mountain lion and amazingly nursed the gentle soul back to life. They were inseparable.
We find comfort and peace that Neill understood and believed in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during a Franklin Graham rally as a child. Because of Christ we are not alone in our suffering and have the assurance we will be with Neill in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Teen Valley Ranch, P.O. Box 10, Plumtree, NC 28664 or to The Franklin Graham Ministries, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 or to a charity of your choice.
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Neill was in our wedding 20 years ago. I was looking at the photo album recently and he was so handsome in his tuxedo and had such a sweet and gentle smile. Hard to imagine all that time has gone by since he was our ring bearer. Neill was an important part of your loving family and our extended family and we wish you the peace that only our Lord can bring during this time. We love you from Colorado and send sincere loving hugs. Much Love, Matt & Cara
Submitted by Cara Thomas on Jan 23 2018 12:14:51 PM
Bro take it easy upstairs love and miss ya man 🤙🏻
Submitted by Tyler Dixon on Jan 20 2018 11:51:50 AM
I am sorry for your loss. May your family receive an abundance of care and comfort from the God of all comfort during this difficult time. His comfort is so powerful that we are able to comfort each other based on the amazing amount of comfort we receive. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
Submitted by G.Town on Jan 13 2018 08:23:42 AM
I still remember Neill as a toddler with his super blonde hair. I can't even imagine the pain you must be feeling. I wish you all strength and peace in the days and weeks to come. Love, Heather
Submitted by Heather Dinklage on Jan 12 2018 11:57:02 PM
Neil and I worked at Annie's Bakery in Sylva. He had a kind and gentle spirit and a rye smile that lit up his whole face and mine too! Hike the highest trail my friend and pick the best spot for your sunset. Rest in peace friend.
Submitted by Cynthia Eichenlaub on Jan 12 2018 09:16:52 AM
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Much love to the family!
Submitted by Amanda Waterhouse on Jan 11 2018 07:14:26 AM
Susan, I don’t recall meeting your son, but I know the precious soul of his mother. May God’s grace and peace comfort you and your family as you face the great lost your youngest child.
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