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Former FL Supreme Court Justice Boyd dies



Boyd From Florida Supreme Court: Former Justice Joseph A. Boyd, Jr., died this morning in his Tallahassee home. He was 90.

Boyd was elected to the Supreme Court in November 1968 and served for 18 years until his retirement in early 1987. He served as Chief Justice from mid-1984 through mid-1986.

“The Court mourns the passing of a justice of the Court who served the people of Florida for more than 18 years,” Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis said Friday.

Flags at the Supreme Court were lowered to half-staff today. Boyd will lie in state in the Rotunda of the Supreme Court on Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Born in 1916, Boyd was reared on a farm in Hoschton, Jackson County , Georgia . He came to Florida in 1939. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, he worked his way through law school at the University of Miami as a hotel clerk and Fuller brush man. He received his law degree in 1948.

After serving as the City Attorney for the city of Hialeah for several years, Boyd was elected to the Dade County Commission in 1958 and was re-elected in 1962 and 1965. He served as chairman of the commission and vice mayor of Dade County .

Boyd was active in many civic, fraternal and religious groups.

Boyd’s funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Tallahassee . Internment will follow later in the afternoon at MeadowWood Memorial Park on Timberland Road . Bevis Funeral Homes is handling arrangements.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:23am]


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