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Boyd Eugene Jones
Boyd Eugene Jones was born July 5th 1961 in Beaver Oklahoma. He was the son of Gerald Marion Jones and Mary Ellen (Landers) Sprague.
Boyd grew up in the rural Elmwood area and attended Garrett Grade School. He attended Beaver High School and graduated with the class of 1982. He then attended the Liberal Area Vocational Technical School for one year.
Boyd was active in FFA during his high school years. He showed steers each year at the spring shows. He would not be out worked when it came to brushing his calves and working their hair. His love for cattle and taking care of them was genuine and it was noted by many in the industry. His hard work paid off winning Grand Champion Steer at the Beaver Local Show.
Mary told Boyd early on in his working career, “Always give your employer more than he asks for and he will respect you. You will also deal with some customers that are hard to deal with. Learn to deal with them politely and limit your replies”.
Boyd worked at several jobs including National Beef in Liberal Kansas. He spent many years working at Downing’s Market in Beaver. He stocked shelves and sacked groceries among other duties. He enjoyed people and he was able to visit with many neighbors, relatives, and friends that came to the store.
Boyd was known for his love of people and animals. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation in a matter of moments. He was a kind caretaker to animals, especially strays. He always had time to pet and play with his animals.
Boyd departed this life on April 24th 2019 at the age of 57. His is survived by his Mother Mary Ellen Sprague, Stepfather John Sprague, one sister Kristina, along with many relatives and friends.
The family requests memorials to the Liberal Animal Shelter (620-626-0576) instead of flowers because Boyd loved helping animals.
I am sorry to hear of his passing. He had an infectious laugh and a good heart. My condolences go to his family.
Mike Barnett May 27 2019 12:00 AM
Oh sweet Boyd....I am going to miss you. You were such a nice, hardworking guy with a heart of gold. I am so proud of everything you accomplished. You were the best help at the grocery store and took such pride in your job. I will miss your ornery smile and our chats. You will always hold a special place in my heart. RIP Boyd. Praying for all the family, friends and Downings Market Family.
Kelly Yeomans Apr 29 2019 12:00 AM
Sending our love to the family. Boyd was a very uniue and special person! His eagerness to please always stood out. Always enjoyed him sacking my groceries and visiting with him. He loved his job and admired his boss ,Craig! He's going to be missed by so many. Love to all of his family. We love y'all. Jerry and Trudy Cooper
Jerry and Trudy Cooper Apr 28 2019 12:00 AM
Boyd was always ready and willing to do anything to help anyone. He was a friend to everyone and will be missed greatly! My condolences to your family and God bless.
Niki Norton Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
This totally shocked me, all the above comments are correct, Joyce and I started working with Boyd in later 80's at BCSW, and he advanced through the program through a interesting walk in life, we watched him grow in maturity, and going to work at Downings was is pride and joy. He always greeted people, and did everything he could do to help you find your items on your shopping list. I always got a big smile and a big hug, he would tell me how long he had been working there and was so proud of that accomplishment. He will be missed. I was proud of his accomplishments with him.
My heart goes out to family and friends. God bless you, and comfort you.
Sincerely, Pat Sandusky
Pat Sandusky Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
I always hoped Boyd would carry my groceries because he took such pride in such a simple act and he was always eager to strike up a conversation about the weather or anything little thing that caught his attention. God truly blessed me through just his little acts of kindness in and seeing the smlle on his face when he said, "Have a good day" because I knew he truly meant it. Rest in peace, Boyd, where the weather is always nice and everyone has a great day. You will be missed!
Shelley Noble Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to Boyd's family and friends. He was such a nice guy, always friendly and helpful. He will be truly missed by so many.
Kathy Rhodes Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
I was a shock to learn of Boyd's passing yesterday. We had not known that he was experiencing any health problem. He was a friendly guy and conscientious in the performance of his job (very particular about how groceries got sacked, too). We will miss him, and want to extend our condolence to his mom, John, and all his co-workers at the Downing's Market.
Charles Enlow Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM
Prayers and Condolences to Family and Friends.
Susan and Doug Sanders Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM
Boyd was a great guy, I enjoyed going to school with him at Beaver. I am sure he is enjoying Heaven, where he is whole and complete. Prayers for his family.
Charita Lightfoot McOsker Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM