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James M. Boyd

Attorney at Law

ISLIN: 908872709

Practice Areas:  Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Business Law

Admitted: 1987, Virginia and Supreme Court of Virginia; 1988, District of Columbia

Law School:  College of William & Mary, J.D.​; Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, U.K.​

College:  Virginia Wesleyan College, B.A., 1984

Member:  Virginia Bar Association, American Bar Association (past member); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (past member); Tidewater Estate Planning Council (past member)

Biography:  Commissioner, Virginia Port Authority (2011- 2013); Vice-Chairman, Virginia Port Authority (2011-2012, appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell); Virginia Wesleyan College (President Advisory Council); The College of William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law (Board Member of Alumni Association); Fraternal Order of Police Board Member, Adjunct Professor Regent University.


Mercy Ships Foundation Board Chairman and missions participant (2008-present, relief work and evangelism in West Africa); Mercy Chefs Board Member (2001-present); Virginia Beach Boat Church Board Member (2020 to present); American Red Cross, Tidewater Chapter Board member; Board Member, American Heart Association, Virginia Chapter; Board Member Urban Land Institute; Leadership Hampton Roads graduate; Salvation Army (operated soup truck feeding homeless); ​Project Light (tutoring adults who cannot read).


Born:  Norfolk, Virginia, September 1, 1959​

Military Service:  U.S.C.G. U.S Merchant Marine Officer, 1979 to present.

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In Memoriam

Robert Friend Boyd

May 11, 1927 - April 17, 2018

Robert Friend “Bob” Boyd was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Bob was larger than life.

Always dignified and energetic, he was a man of deep faith, impeccable integrity and good-natured humor. Bob was entirely devoted to his wife, Sara Miller Boyd, and their four children, Bob, Jr., David, Mary Beth, and Jim. Bob and Sara met at the College of William and Mary. They fell in love, and after Bob completed law school at W&M  Bob and Sara married. Throughout their 64 happy years of marriage, they were partners, in the truest sense of the word. Together they lived out their faith each day. They loved the Lord, they loved their fellow man and they served their community.

Early in his legal career, Bob served as the Chief Trial Counsel of the General Court Martial Board of the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After serving his country, Bob returned to Norfolk where he established a private practice that spanned over six decades, 30 years of which he practiced law with his son and partner, Jim. Always calm under pressure, Bob never met a problem he couldn’t handle.


Bob and Sara were dedicated to the biblical principle of stewardship. Throughout their lives, they used their resources, energy, and talents to serve others. They made the world around them a better place. Their deeply held Christian faith led them to serve in leadership roles in support of such diverse causes as Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, the Virginia Aquarium and the Chrysler Museum, among many other worthwhile endeavors.

Bob and Sara were also lifelong supporters of education. Together, they served on the endowment board of The College of William & Mary. They were the first couple in their alma mater’s history to jointly receive its highest honor, the William & Mary Alumni Medallion. Bob served on the Boards of the Marshall-Wythe (W&M) and Regent University Schools of Law. He and Sara worked tirelessly to help found Virginia Wesleyan College, where he served as a Trustee from the school’s beginning until his death. Bob made sure his children and grandchildren received a higher education.

Bob is survived by his son Robert (“Bob”), Jr. and his wife Mallory Boyd of Norfolk, Va., his son David and wife Marianne Boyd of Cape Charles, Va., his daughter Mary Beth and husband Dr. Charles Horton, Jr. of Norfolk, Va., and his son James Boyd and wife Melissa of Virginia Beach, Va.  He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. While his family is saddened that he is no longer with them, they are grateful that he is once again with Sara, the love of his life, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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As the Apostle Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).
Bob was, the Lord’s good and faithful servant.
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