By Tia Lynn Ivey
A local giant, Jim Boyd, has passed away at the age of 82. His passing came suddenly according to family and colleagues.
James W. Boyd Jr. was the founder and senior partner of Jim Boyd & Associates, the insurance agency located on Madison’s historic square.
Boyd died in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 3.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Jim Boyd,” said Esther Peters, chief financial officer for Jim Boyd & Associates. “Jim founded our company more than 50 years ago in 1970. He was a tireless leader who oversaw the growth of the company from two people in 1970 to a team of 14 today that insures clients all over the United States.”
Peters praised Boyd’s legacy of professionalism and dedication to his company, clients, and employees.
“He was a true, dedicated leader,” said Peters. “He had a vast knowledge of the industry and of his clients, and he knew the value of having a forward-looking vision and plan to take the company well into the future,” said Peters.
Local leaders expressed sympathy over Boyd’s passing, remembering his love and support of the community. Boyd was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Madison. He was a member of the local Kiwanis Club for 40 years. Boyd sat on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Madison for 31 years. He was a major donor to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, specifically helping to procure the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an annual performance. Boyd was also involved with The Boy Scouts, The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, Independent Agents of Georgia, a founding member of SecurRisk, Foothills AHEC, St. Mary’s Healthcare in Athens, Ga., and Morgan Medical Center. He was also a member of the local VFW organization.
In his younger years, Boyd volunteered as a coach for youth sports.
“Jim was a real community supporter,” said Clifton Hanes, with the Bank of Madison. “He gave money, but he also gave his time…“Jim gave 100 percent to the things he believed in. He was a friend. It’s a blow to me personally. He always had sound and good counsel when you needed to run something by him. He’ll be missed. He was a good friend to a lot of folks.”
“Jim was always a strong supporter of the Chamber and he will be sorely missed,” said Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. “He was there to help with many activities in which the Chamber is involved.”
According to a statement released by Jim Boyd & Associates, Esther Peters, with 35 years of experience at Jim Boyd & Associates, will now become their senior partner.
“Jim laid a solid foundation for his employees to continue to serve our client base and to grow the business for future generations,” said Peters.
According to the Peters, Jim Boyd Insurance Agency is “widely acknowledged for its achievements both in the industry and in community.” “Jim left an indelible mark on the community and within this company. We will work hard to carry on his legacy,” said Peters..