Hugh Harter Boyd


Hugh Harter Boyd, age 90 of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023. He was born to Charles (Frank) Boyd and Gladys (Harter) Boyd on January 12, 1932. He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Boyd Hawkins (Phillip), brother Johnny Mac Boyd (Phyllis) and nephew David Hawkins.

Hugh married Patricia (Barnes) Boyd on October 8, 1953 at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, Indiana. They were married for sixty-nine years. They have two children, daughter, Lucianne Brownlee (Patrick) and son James Harter Boyd (Michelle). Other survivors include grandchildren, Jana L. Huffman (Jess), Dustin Harter Boyd (Autum), Blake P. Brownlee (Whitney) and many great-grandchildren.

He attended Franklin schools and graduated in 1950. He was drafted into the Army and was a Military Policeman stationed in New York City as well as Japan. He studied at Bear Alignment School and worked at Graham’s in Franklin for many years. Hugh later worked at Blue River Vocational School where he taught alignment and brake repair from 1973 retiring in 1993.

He was an avid and very accomplished outdoorsman in trapping, fishing, and bird hunting. He enjoyed raising, training and hunting his English Setters and Fox Hounds. He won awards in trapping and was in the Fur, Fish &Game Magazine. Hugh’s lifetime total of caught mink was over 1,770. He fished every year the local rivers catching very large catfish, as well as other types of fish.

He coached AAU Basketball teams (boys and girls) and one team won a State Championship which led them to the Nationals. He was an Assistant Varsity Boys Coach at Southwestern High School. Known for his defensive teachings and coaching, Hugh helped many teams as well as individual players. He made an impact on many young lives that still stays with those today, including his own children and grandchildren.

Hugh was competitive, and along with his wife Patricia trained everyday and competed all over the state in Race Walking. Their race times qualified them to be in the National Senior Olympics which was held in Syracuse, NY. They received, from the President of the United States, a signed award letter and medals.

He was a loyal husband, father, grandparent, friend and mentor. He lived a good life and gave 100% to all that he did. He will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service in Memory of Hugh for Family and Friends will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin. Doug Weddle will officiate.