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Darnall W. Boyd


Darnall W. Boyd

Darnall W. Boyd, born in Richmond, Va., Feb. 19, 1927, lived in Columbia, S.C. all but the first two weeks after birth, died June 23, 2015.

He served in the United States Navy 1944-45 and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in economics.

The first two years after graduation, he was successful in unrelated businesses including the The Cotton Patch drive-in on Devine Street. He then joined Reginald Heinitsh in the residential construction business, which led to his partnership in the development of 9,000 acres at Lake Toxaway in Western North Carolina.

Later, he was a partner in the development of the WildeWood community in northeast Columbia followed by his ownership of a resort community, Sapphire Lakes, in Western North Carolina. Also during this period, he built numerous apartment projects in North and South Carolina and started a property management company, Boyd Management.

Additionally, he served as a principal in several strip shopping centers, mainly in the piedmont area of South Carolina. He also developed many warehouses, and commercial and residential properties over the years.

He was an Eagle Scout and an ardent supporter of the South Carolina Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

An avid world traveler, he was one the first South Carolinians to visit Africa on a 3-1/2 month safari in Kenya, and Tanganyika in 1948. Other travels took him throughout Western Europe and other areas of Africa.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Susan Ames Fair, and his youngest son, Taylor Fair Boyd.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Darnall W. Boyd, Jr.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at Trinity Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC.

A private burial for the family will be held afterwards at Elmwood Cemetery.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 144, Columbia, SC 29202, or Trinity Foundation, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201, or a charity of your choice.

The family will welcome friends at the Boyd's residence after the services.

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