Viola G. Boyd, church music director

March 22, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Viola G. Boyd, a former bookkeeper and church music director, died March 12 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a son's East Baltimore home. She was 72.

Viola Gertrude Thompson was born in Baltimore and raised on Edmondson Avenue. She was a 1954 graduate of Douglass High School.

During the 1960s, she worked for a decade as a bookkeeper in the accounts payable department of Stewart & Co. department store in downtown Baltimore.

A pianist and a contralto, Mrs. Boyd played and sang gospel hymns and anthems at New Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she was a member and music director for 45 years.

She had also been a church trustee and administrative assistant to two consecutive pastors.

Mrs. Boyd had lived in Mondawmin for many years until moving to Pikesville in 1998. She enjoyed shopping and was "always elegantly dressed," said a son, Kevin L. Lewis of Baltimore.

She also liked helping friends and neighbors, her son said.

Services were held Wednesday at her church.

Also surviving are her husband of 42 years, Alonza A. Boyd, a retired longshoreman; another son, Darryl A. Boyd of Baltimore; a daughter, Cynthia T. Lewis of Pikesville; and six grandchildren. Her husband of 11 years, William Lewis, a longshoreman, died in 1965.

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