Edward Lee “Buddy” Boyd, 80, of Paris, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Paris.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1937, in Paris to his parents, Calmar and Wilba Lee (Edmondson) Boyd. Buddy retired from the United States Army National Guard after 33 years of service. His civil career was spent as a general contractor specializing in floor refinishing. Buddy also served as a firefighter with the Paris Fire Department where he served as chief the last 10 years of his tenure. In his retirement from the Paris Fire Department he served on the Retired Firefighter’s Board. Buddy was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Paris and served as chairman of the Baxley Cemetery Board.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Calmar and Wilba Lee (Edmondson) Boyd; a granddaughter, Rebecca Paige Putz and two brothers, Alton and Sam Boyd.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Mae (Willhite) Boyd of Paris; two daughters, Nancy Putz of Murray, Kentucky and Drew Anne Allen and husband, Rich of Prosper, Texas; one son, Britt Boyd and wife, Betty of Tyler, Texas; eight grandchildren, Blake Boyd and wife, Shannon, Braden Boyd and wife, Andressa, Brace Boyd, Schafer Putz, Garret Putz, Rhett Allen, Anne Drew Allen and Megan Allen and four great grandchildren, Eli Boyd, Grant Boyd, Cruz Boyd and Clara Mae Boyd.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at the Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Paris officiated by Rev. Clyde Vire and Rev. Harlin Brewton. Burial will follow in Baxley Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/paris

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Blake Boyd, Braden Boyd, Brace Boyd, Schafer Putz, Garret Putz, Rhett Allen, Anne Drew Allen and Megan Allen.

Honorary pallbearers will be the past and present members of the Paris Fire Department.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church P.O. Box 597 East Main Street, Paris, AR 72855 or the Baxley Cemetery Fund, c/o First National Bank in Paris.