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Robert Merrill Boyd

Robert Merrill Boyd, 74, of Radford, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009. He was a member of Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church and a retired milkman from Meadow Gold Dairies. He was a member of the Fairlawn Volunteer Fire Department for over 48 years and was the current president. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin R. and Gracie Phillips Boyd, a brother Lester Boyd and his foster mother Edna Phillips. Survivors include his wife Arleta Lively Boyd of Radford; a son and daughter-in-law Keith and Joby Boyd of Pulaski; a daughter and son-in-law Vanessa and Kelly Rutherford of Dublin; four grandchildren Savanna, Samantha and Shauna Rutherford and Robbie Boyd; a brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Zelda Boyd; his foster father and cousin Kirby Phillips of New River; foster sister and brothers, Debbie Jones, and Gary, Chipper and Dean Phillips; and his mother-in-law, Nettie Lively. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church with Rev. Lester Kennedy officiating. Interment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church, 6893 Mills Avenue, Fairlawn, Va.. 24141 or the Fairlawn Fire Dept., 7358 Peppers Ferry Blvd., Fairlawn, Va. 24141. The Boyd family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. (www.mullinsfuneralhome.com)