Who am I?

My name is Gary Wayne Boyd. For my genealogical info go here.

I have now passed the half century mark. I am a native Texan, fourth generation.

I was born in Houston, Texas. My parents moved to Pasadena prior to me reaching two. I met and married my wife of over 25 years in Pasadena. We started our family in Pasadena. Toward the end of the last century we packed our bags and moved to Alvin, Texas.

I went to Richey Elementary, Jackson Intermediate, and Pasadena High Schools. I was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Pack & Troop 506 when I was younger. Our Scout Master, Harry Estes, had a large influence on my life and values.

I was raised in the Southern Baptist Church. When I was growing up my family were members of Richey Street Baptist Church. My father was a member until his death.

I grew up a avid sc-fi fan. My favorite author was Robert Heinlein, although, I devoured the books of any other author I could get my hands on. While I have stayed a sc-fi fan for most of my life I never was a great fan of sc-fi movies until the 80’s and 90’s when the special effects finally caught up with my imagination.

As a child I spent my summers visiting my relatives (mostly out in the country). While few of my relatives still made their living as farmers, most still lived in the small rural communities of Fort Bend and Wharton Counties. I guess my favorite place was my grandparents, Howard and Covie Sewell, in Orchard. Grandpa Sewell worked for Duval Corporation at their sulfur refinery in Orchard. In his spare time he had a tree nursery where he raised mainly Live Oaks. They had a cement tank for windmill pumped water to water the trees, and, we used the tank as a swimming pool. Grandma Sewell was artistic and whenever we were down, she would have us doing all types of handcrafts. I suppose it kept us busy and unbored, although, I can recall many an afternoon spent just sitting up in the top of a tree in the back pasture watching the world go by.

My dad in those days moonlighted (how many people remember what that means) for Lowe’s Theaters. He was an Assistant Manager at the Lowe’s State Theater on Main St. in Houston from about 1960 until they demolished the building in 1972. It was a lot of fun being able to grow up with a theater for a playground. Once I reached my teenage years I would spend my summers working as an usher at the theaters. I have many a fond memories of the people who worked there.

Once out of school, I got a job with Freeman Decorating Company sitting up conventions, tradeshows and parties. That was 1973, and I am still there. Now most of my time is spent designing exhibits and directional systems for conventions.

In 1978 I married Sherry Bales and we set up our home in the house my parents had started out in. We had two of our children at that location before we moved across Pasadena to a home we had built in 1988/89. While in our new home we were blessed with our final two children.

We decided in 1993 it was time to find a less crowded area to live (our side of Pasadena was booming and traffic was getting worse by the day). Our search led us to Alvin and the old farmhouse we now call home.

My Dad passed away in July of 1996. It was at his funeral that a cousin from my Aunt Pearls family gave me a copy of the outline family tree he had worked up. That was all it took to get me started with the addiction of Genealogy.

In my travels around Texas and the US I have come across some places bring out something in me. I have never figured out exactly what it is about these places but here are a few of my “Special Places”.

In July of 1997 I developed pericarditis (an inflammation of the lining around the heart). This led to a few months of hospital visits before we finally kicked the inflammation (and my cigarette habit). Unfortunately, it took steroids to beat the inflammation, so I ended up adding a few pounds which I still haven’t managed to get rid of.

In the fall of 1998 I put the first version of this site up on the internet. I’ve spent the past few years living and chasing ancestors around the state of Texas and the Country, which, get us to today…

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