Gene Frank Boyd, 74, of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, formerly of Ardmore and
Tishomingo, passed away in Oklahoma City on November 1, 2011, after a
lengthy illness. A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011,
at the First Presbyterian Church, Ardmore, with the Rev. Dr. Rick
Mr. Boyd was born October 9, 1937, in Lubbock, Texas, to Wayne and
LaVey Lamb Boyd. The Boyd family made their home in Plainview, Texas,
where Gene graduated from Plainview High School in 1955. He attended
Texas Tech and was a member of the golf team, Phi Delta Theta
fraternity, and Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternity. In 1960, he received
his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, with a major in
He married Betty Sue Meinecke, also of Plainview, on February 27, 1960,
at the First United Methodist Church.
Gene was engaged in farming west of Plainview until 1974, when he and
his wife moved to Tishomingo, Oklahoma, along with their two children,
Alison and Keith. Until the year 2000, Mr. Boyd managed the Simmental
cattle breeding and ranch operations of Meinecke-Boyd, Inc. north of
Tishomingo. He won numerous awards for excellence from the American
Simmental Association and the Oklahoma Simmental Association, and in
1999 the Oklahoma Simmental-Simbrah Association honored him with a
special recognition for having been the first registered Simmental
cattle breeder in the state. While living in Tishomingo, he also served
on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees for many years, and
was a director of the Johnston County Conservation District.
Golf was his favorite sport and hobby, starting at age 12 and continuing
until early summer 2011, when his health declined to the point he could
no longer participate. Mr. Boyd was a steady and enthusiastic member of
Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club, Ardmore, for more than 25 years.
In recent years, he had traveled to Panama yearly to play golf at Cielo
Paraiso, a golf development near Boquete.