There’s no stopping Donald Boyd. The former probate judge, who is now running for the Troup County Commissioner seat in District 4, is in top form after overcoming recent health scares.
His message for the citizens of Troup County: he’s back, willing and ready to serve.
But the journey wasn’t an easy one. The longtime judge suffered a series of major health setbacks that left him hospitalized earlier this year. This put his campaign in limbo, as Boyd underwent gallbladder surgery and further treatment for several weeks.
For Boyd, his extended hospital stay meant more than just a halt on his campaign. It also separated him from his family, including his wife and “rock” of 47-years, Gayla Boyd.
“I don’t know what I’d do without her,” he said of Gayla. “She’s my sweet wife, my rock, and my prayer warrior.”
The separation came as hospitals implemented procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. With family visitations restricted, Boyd was left in the care of the medical staff at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange—and in the care of God.
“My faith got me through,” Boyd said of the ordeal. The County Commissioner hopeful has lived a life dominated by his Christian faith, and he’s always sought to bring his traditional values to his approach serving the community over the past two decades.
Indeed, the former probate judge first started giving back to the community through his involvement with the church. For many Troup County residents, Boyd has become a familiar voice on the Gospel Connection, his Sunday morning radio show that has played gospel music throughout the area for nearly forty years. His involvement with Northside Baptist Church extends even further. A member since 1959, Boyd currently serves on the church’s Board of Deacons and acts as its clerk and treasurer.
His emphasis on faith is reflected in his family as well. His youngest daughter, who recently received her teaching certification, has been a longtime member of a Gospel quartet, along with her husband, Boyd’s wife, and friend Chad Hall. One of their songs, Boyd noted, hit the top 80 charts for Southern gospel music—an accomplishment of which he’s proud.
Now, Boyd is eyeing the Troup County Commissioner seat for District 4, saying that he hopes God has given him another chance to serve the community.
“I don’t know if it is what He wants for me,” Boyd said, “But if it is, I’m going to give it 110%.” He believes the seat is his opportunity to bring some fresh ideas to the Troup County government.
“We need someone to look at it with a new set of eyes and with new ideas,” he said. The ideal candidate, he believes, is one who will be proactive in leadership—one who will “vote on conscience.”
Boyd believes he brings those qualities to the table and points to his track record as the Troup County Probate Judge from 2000-2018 as proof.
With the upcoming election just weeks away, Boyd remains in good health. In fact, he notes, his doctors have informed him he’s now healthier than he has been in years and has no major, pressing issues to address.
It’s a difference he can feel. “I feel good,” the grandfather of seven said, before joking, “I might not be able to run a mile anymore, but I can definitely get around.” Boyd currently has six grandsons and one granddaughter, all of whom he says are the “lights of his life.”
When speaking of his family, Boyd couldn’t help but brag, noting that in addition to his youngest, he has two more daughters— who are both now pursuing accomplished careers out of state. His oldest, an Associate Editor for Harlequin Romance, and his middle daughter, a nursing teacher in Minnesota, have earned the judge’s favor.
Now, Boyd is hoping to win Troup County’s favor by taking the County Commissioner seat for District 4 in the upcoming election. For Boyd, the ultimate decision is up to God.
“God has a purpose for all of us,” he said. “He won’t take us until He’s through with us—that’s what I’ve always said.” He hopes God chooses to bless his campaign but says that remains to be seen.
What he does believe, for sure, however, is that God’s not through with him yet—so he won’t be giving up any time soon.
The author of this article can be reached at jboggs@ troupcountynews. net. Those looking to contact Judge Boyd may do so by email at judgedboyd2000@yahoo. com or by phone at 706-416-0978.