Industry Sales Veteran Boyd Dies

Retired textile sales executive Gary Douglas Boyd died Oct. 15. He was 72 and a resident of Greenville, Texas.

Boyd spent more than 40 years in mattress fabric sales, first with the former Golding Brothers, a ticking and upholstery supplier, which was acquired by Tietex International Ltd. in the early 90s. He then worked for Tietex, which has headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, until his retirement in 2015.

“Gary was one of the best,” said Jimmy Fleming, Tietex senior account manager. “He always treated everyone with the greatest respect, no matter what their status or role in a company. He built great relationships with customers, never forgetting a birthday or an anniversary, or even someone’s favorite food or beverage. To me, he also was a great teacher of important life lessons — from how to excel at sales to how to barbecue and everything in between. He will be missed by everyone who knew him because everyone who knew him loved him.”

Boyd was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Survivors include his wife Shirley; a daughter and four sons, and their spouses; brother Larry Boyd and his wife; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He is predeceased by one daughter and a grandson.

Remembrances may be made at the funeral home’s website,

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