REV. THOS BOYD DIES
Funeral services were set at Hollow Rock for the Rev. Thomas M. Boyd. 70-year-old Baptist missionary who died at
Memphis after breaking down in Circuit Court during a hearing in which his two children testified his wife refused him
medical treatment. The hearing, a result of a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by the minister's children. Mrs.
Vida Smith of Bruceton, and J. R. Boyd of Huntingdon was postponed for two weeks Friday when Mr. Boyd broke down and
had to be removed from the courtroom on a stretcher. Attached to the petition were affidavits from two physicians
stating they had advised Mrs. Boyd her husband needed hospitalization. Mrs. Smith had testified that she and her
brother would pay for their father's expenses if only he were allowed proper medical care. She also testified there had
been "some family troubles." during the eight years her father had been married to the present Mrs. Boyd.
File Complaint In Chancery To Obtain Property Children of Rev. Boyd - Charge undue persuasion and coercion.
HUNTINGDON Feb. 13 (Special) A bill of complaint was filed In Chancery court last week by the children of the late Rev.
T. M. Boyd, former resident of Carroll county, who died in Baptist Hospital, Memphis, on January 26th against their
stepmother and his widow, Mrs. Sweetie Byrd of Memphis charging coercion and undue persuasion was used to induce her
late husband to make over to her certain properties, and to cause him to name her as beneficiary in his insurance
policies amounting to $1500. The bill, which will be tried before Chancellor Gordon Browning asks that a portion of
land in the 16th District of Carroll County, which was deeded to Mrs. Boyd on October 8th, 1941, shall be returned to
the children; also the private library and other personal possessions of their late father. The bill is filed by a
daughter. Mrs. Lottie Rains, as executrix of her father's estate: his other children, children, Mrs. Marie Foster, Mrs.
Vilda Smith. Tulious, Joshua and Spurgeon Boyd are co-signators. It is claimed in the bill that a will probated in
Shelby county on Feb. 6th. 1943, as the last will and testament of the deceased names Mrs. Rains as executrix without
bond, and leaves all property to his children. The late Rev. Boyd was married to Mrs. Swettie Byrd Yearney of Memphis
in 1935. In September, 1941 while entering Buena Vista Baptist church for regular services as pastor, suffering a
paralytic , stroke of such severity that he was unable to preach, and that he never after regained his full strength
and faculties. It was on October 8th following this acute illness that deed was executed, transfering lands in Carroll
county to Mrs Boyd it is charged. At all times after this deed was executed, the bill states, his wife was with him
constantly, wherever he went, permitting the children no opportunity to talk with him or consult with him. It is also
charged that he was denied proper medical attention by his wife, and that letters received by his children from him
told of his being "coerced, mistreated and improperly fed." The bill further relates that on last January his children
brought their father into court on habeas corpus proceedings in order to procure for him proper hospitalization: that
competent physicians stated that he was in a serious condition and in need of medical attention. He was thereafter
removed to Baptist Hospital Memphis, where he died a few days later. The bill states that his widow did not attend the
funeral and advances the opinion that she did not visit him at the funeral home in Memphis to which his body was
removed after his death, and before returning to Carroll county for burial. 7 8
- Death Certificate of Thomas M. Boyd
- Last Will & Testament of Thomas Marion Boyd
- The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee) ¨ Mon, Feb 15, 1943
- The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee) ¨ Wed, Feb 10, 1943 ¨ Page 1
- Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
- Marriage License - TM Boyd to Byrd Yeary
- The Jackson Sun, 31 Jan 1943, Sun, Page 6
- The Jackson Sun, 15 Feb 1943, Mon, Page 10