History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

E. F. Boyd & Son, Inc., the oldest African American funeral home in the Greater Cleveland area and the oldest African American business in Cuyahoga County, opened its’ doors in 1905.  Founder, Elmer F. Boyd was born in Urbana, OH in 1878.  At the age of twenty, he moved to Cleveland.  After working several years as a waiter, Pullman porter and clerk, he entered the field of Undertaking, one of the few professions open to African Americans at the turn of the 20th century.


He opened his business following graduation from Clark's College of Embalming in Cincinnati, Ohio (now the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science).  After passing the state exam in 1904, Elmer Boyd opened an office on 2604 Central Avenue in the fall of 1905.  It was known as the E. F. Boyd Funeral Parlor.  He took on a partner, Lewis J. Dean and their initial establishment was described as "a combination funeral parlor and haberdashery".  In 1911, Dean left the business and Boyd, along with his wife, Cora, moved the business to 2544 Central Avenue.  By 1919, he moved his operation again to 2276 E. 43rd Street.


During the mid-1930's, Elmer was also joined in the business by his son, William F. Boyd. The business began to prosper because of strong relationships with the Historic St. John A. M. E. Church and Antioch Baptist Church.  Elmer and Cora purchased the present headquarters at 2165 East 89th Street in 1938.  This site had formerly been the Slaughter Brothers Funeral Home.  Along with that purchase, Boyd changed the name of his establishment to E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home.  Elmer Boyd died in 1944.  His wife and son, William F. Boyd, Sr. along with his daughter-in-law, Mary Webster Boyd ran the business after his death, fortifying the business and its’ presence in the community.  William F. Boyd, Sr. was elected as a member of the Cleveland School Board and served as Vice President during the 60’s.  The name E. F. Boyd & Son became synonymous with dignity, integrity and quality in funeral service.


In 1972, E. F. Boyd & Son purchased a second location in East Cleveland.  In 1987, a new wing was added to the East 89th Street building which features a spacious chapel and eight viewing rooms.  1996, a 3rd location was opened in Warrensville Heights, OH.  The East Cleveland location was recently sold as Boyd prepares for the future.


Following in their father’s footsteps, William F. Boyd, II, aka “Pepper” became licensed and joined the staff in 1964 and was later elected President and CEO in 1992.  In 1974, daughter Marcella Boyd Cox joined the staff and achieved her license.  She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President.  And in 1982 daughter, Marina Boyd Grant joined her family and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer.  The strong example and dedication to the community witnessed by the 2nd and 3rd generations later influenced great-granddaughters, Victoria Boyd and Lisa Boyd Taylor to join the leadership, thus marking the 4th generation of the Boyd family.  Victoria “Tori” Boyd currently serves as the Manager of the 89th Street Chapel and Lisa Taylor is Manager of our Emery Chapel.  William F. Boyd passed in December, 2015 and Mary W. Boyd passed in March of 2013.


E. F. Boyd & Son was the 1st funeral home in the Cleveland area to advertise on billboards and buses in the late 1990’s.  E. F. Boyd & Son has sponsored many bowling and baseball teams and supported a host of churches over the years.  In the late 80’s, Boyd added their own crematory, University Circle Crematory at the 89th Street location to better serve the needs of the public.  Boyd currently has a Facebook page and a grief therapy dog ‘in training’.  Our directors and staff encourage our families to be creative and memorialize their loved ones with DVD tributes, balloon and dove releases and personalized services that truly reflect the life of their loved one.  In 2016, Boyd adopted an Advisory Board, consisting of many community and business leaders as an outside resource.


The family members and staff of the E. F. Boyd & Son and Crematory remember their roots and strive to continue to serve the Greater Cleveland village with the same gracious service, traditional manner, sincerity, warmth and respect by which the company established itself in 1905.

Our Valued Staff

  • Mr. William F. Francis Boyd, Sr. Sr.

    Mr. William F. Francis Boyd, Sr. Sr., Chairman of the Board

    Mr. Boyd, Sr. was very active in his community for over eighty years. He was also a member of Antioch Baptist Church for more than eighty years. He was a past Vice President of the Cleveland School Board, an Eliza Bryant Village board member and a lifetime member of the NAACP. Our patriarch went home to be with his wife and parents on Sunday, December 7, 2014 exactly 2 months before his 100th birthday.

  • Mrs. Mary W.  Boyd

    Mrs. Mary W. Boyd, Vice President

    Daughter-in-law of the founder, Elmer F. Boyd, and wife of William F. Boyd. Licensed Funeral Director. Mary Elisabeth Webster Boyd went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 28, 2013.

  • Mrs. Marina  Grant

    Mrs. Marina Grant, Chief Financial Officer

    Marina is daughter of William F. and Mary W. Boyd. She joined the family business over thirty years ago. She is an active member of University Circle Methodist Church and the Hospice of the Western Reserve, African American Auxiliary. She is also the mother of four. Daughter, Lisa Taylor is the Advanced Planning Manager and Emery Chapel Manager. She is the proud grandmother of thirteen.

  • Mr. William F. (Pepper)  Boyd, II

    Mr. William F. (Pepper) Boyd, II, President and Chief Executive Officer

    William F. Boyd, II, also known as "Pepper", attended Michigan State University and later graduated from Fisk University. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He joined his father in the family business after graduating from the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science. He is the son of William F. and Mary W. Boyd. Pepper is an avid golfer and bowler. He is married to LaVerne Boyd, the proud father of four and grandfather of seven.

  • Ms. Marcella M. Boyd Cox

    Ms. Marcella M. Boyd Cox, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

    Marcella is the youngest daughter of William F. and Mary W. Boyd and the mother of two. Marcella attended Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University. She became a licensed funeral director in 1988. She is a member of the Cleveland Chapter of Girl Friends, immediate past president of the Greater Cleveland Chapter -Top Ladies of Distinction, National Coalition of 100 Black Women - GCC, 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Buckeye State Funeral Directors, National Council of Negro Women - Cuyahoga County Section, Warrensville Heights YMCA Advisory Board, Cleveland MOTTEP Board member and the Cleveland Drifters. She loves serving the community and families.

  • Ms. Lisa Boyd  Taylor

    Ms. Lisa Boyd Taylor, Emery Chapel and Advanced Planning Manager

    Lisa is a licensed funeral director and insurance agent. She is an active member of University Circle Methodist Church and graduated from Kent State University. She enjoys bowling, reading and cooking. She is the daughter of Marina Grant and the mother of three daughters.

  • Ms. Victoria A.  Boyd

    Ms. Victoria A. Boyd, 89th Street Chapel Manager

    Tori received her funeral director and embalmer license in 1988. Tori loves animals. She is the daughter of William F. Boyd, II and mother of one son.

  • Mr. Alton  Ragland

    Mr. Alton Ragland, Funeral Assistant

    Alton is a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

  • Mrs. Barbara  Ragland

    Mrs. Barbara Ragland, Administrative Assistant

    Barbara is a member of Affinity Baptist Church.

  • Mr. Clyde B.  Shaw

    Mr. Clyde B. Shaw, Funeral Assistant

    Clyde is a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

  • Mr. Derrick  Williams

    Mr. Derrick Williams, Marketing Director

    Derrick has been employed at the Boyd Funeral Home since 2012. He is also a licensed insurance agent. He is an active member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, where he serves as one of the pastor's armor bearers. He is the proud father of one daughter.

  • Mr. Donald A. Williams Sr.

    Mr. Donald A. Williams Sr., Funeral Assistant

    Donald is a state certified OPOTA and CDL. He served as a past board member of the Friends of Shaker Square and is a member of W. T. Boyd Lodge #79 and a past president of the East 128th Street Block Club Association. He and his wife Sandra, who is an LPN, live in University Heights and are proud parents of two and grandparents of Donnell and Kendall. His oldest daughter Karla is a RN at Cleveland Clinic in the Emergency Dept. and is married to Ken Lundy, an East Cleveland policeman and his baby girl, Alonda was recently released from the USN and is now attending school in San Diego, CA. He enjoys fishing, attending sporting events and 'hanging out with friends at the Wolfs Den'.

  • Mr. Eric P.  Thomas

    Mr. Eric P. Thomas, Preparation Room Assistant

    Eric attended E. T. I. Drafting Institute and is certified in drafting. He is a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. He spends his free time playing in a band and is an accomplished drummer. He also enjoys bowling and traveling.

  • Mr. Eric D.  Williams

    Mr. Eric D. Williams, Funeral Assistant

  • Mr. Gregory B. Hereford

    Mr. Gregory B. Hereford, Funeral Assistant

    Greg has been with E. F. Boyd & Son for many years. He is wonderful with families and loves to serve. Before coming to E. F. Boyd & Son, he was a security officer for 15 years. He is an active member of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, where he has served in the Men's Choir for over 10 years. He has a beautiful voice! His hobby is reading. He has been married to Brenda for over 12 years and is the father of 6 and grandfather of 15.

  • Mr. James  Marshall

    Mr. James Marshall, Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Jim Marshall is a stellar and very accomplished funeral director and embalmer. He was the first African American employed by Batesville Casket Company. He has directed services for many famous people including: the late President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and James Brown. Jim is a former pilot and an active member of Eastview United Church of Christ. He is married to wife, Minnie, the father of two daughters and a grandfather.

  • Mr. J'Rome  Sledge

    Mr. J'Rome Sledge, Assistant

    Jerome Sledge, also known as J'Rome, has been a faithful member of the Boyd staff for over 30 years. He is a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. J'Rome is married and the father of two.

  • Mr. John P.  Barfield

    Mr. John P. Barfield, Funeral Assistant

  • Mr. Juan C.  Ferebee

    Mr. Juan C. Ferebee, Embalming Manager and Funeral Director

    Juan has been a member of the Boyd Funeral Home family for over 30 years. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a lifelong member of Everlasting Baptist Church. He is married and the father of 2.

  • Ms. Karen  Walker

    Ms. Karen Walker, Advanced Planning Counselor

    Karen is a graduate of Kent State University. She has been employed by E. F. Boyd & Son for many years and is a very valuable employee. She serves all families with a smile! She is a licensed insurance agent and resides in Oakwood Village. She is the mother of one daughter and attends Spiritual Growth Ministries.

  • Mr. Kenneth K.  Kelly

    Mr. Kenneth K. Kelly, Funeral Assistant

    Ken Kelly is a former teacher for CMSD and has worked part time for the Boyd Funeral Home for over 30 years. He enjoys landscaping and gardening. He is married and the father of one daughter.

  • Mr. Luther  Solomon

    Mr. Luther Solomon, Supervisor

    Luther Solomon has been a faithful employee for over 50 years. He is a member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. He is married to Gwen and a father and grandfather.

  • Mr. Mark W. Katzbach

    Mr. Mark W. Katzbach, Bookkeeper

    Mark has been a member of the E. F. Boyd & Son family for over 8 years. He graduated from Kent State University and is a Sub-Deacon at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church. At Saint Matthew's, he is a loyal member of the clergy, finance committee, helps with fundraising and charitable works. His hobbies include photography, refinishing furniture and studying church history. He and his wife Josephine reside in Fairview Park and are parents of of Mark Joseph and Renee Carmella

  • Ms. Mary J.  Smith

    Ms. Mary J. Smith, Advanced Planning Counselor

    Mary earned a B.A. in Communications from John Carroll University, is a licensed insurance agent and has also earned a certificate in grief ministry. She enjoys tutoring students grades 1-12, is a Life Member of the NAACP and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a long time member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church where she serves as the church clerk. She also enjoys reading, is a member of the MCW Book Club, the mother of one son and a resident of Mayfield Heights.

  • Ms. Nellynn  Myers

    Ms. Nellynn Myers, Funeral Assistant

    Nellynn is a resident of Cleveland and the proud mother of Shereece and Briyana and grandmother of Keniece, Kenya and Mikhiia. She is a Notary Public and an Eastern Star. She loves to crochet, sew, make silk floral arrangements and dancing! She is also a member of Holy Trinity Baptist Church.

  • Ms. Quintessa  Tiggs

    Ms. Quintessa Tiggs, Funeral Director and Embalmer

  • Mr. Roscoe (Joe)  Simmons

    Mr. Roscoe (Joe) Simmons, Assistant

  • Ms. Rubye L.  Jones

    Ms. Rubye L. Jones, Funeral Assistant

    Rubye is an active member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. She currently enjoys working part-time with E. F. Boyd & Son. She served many years as the Insurance Specialist before she retired.

  • Mrs. Stephanie McCants Williams

    Mrs. Stephanie McCants Williams, Funeral Assistant and Receptionist

    Stephanie has been a faithful employee of E. F. Boyd & Son for many years. She attended Cuyahoga Community College and received a nursing certificate. She is an Eastern Star, member of Bethel Chapter 58 and the Laveda Circle. She loves to spend her free time shopping and looks like a model! She has a winning smile and loves to serve the public! She is the proud mother of Ray V. Goddard and grandmother of Skyler Rae Goddard-Artis. Stephanie is married to Derrick Williams (Marketing Director for E. F. Boyd & Son) and they are members of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

  • Ms. Tara Diane Simpson

    Ms. Tara Diane Simpson, Asst. Manager (Emery location) and Funeral Director

    Tara is the Assistant Manager of the Emery location. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a graduate of Warrensville Heights High School, the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She is active in the Black Women's Political Action Committee, the Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center Committee and the Cleveland African American Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association (CAAFDEA). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Order of the Eastern Star, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Cleveland Chapter of The Drifters, Inc. She received the "Spotlight on Young, Gifted and Black" award for outstanding achievements in NE Ohio and is a certified travel agent. She is also a member of Bethany Christian Church where she serves on the Scholarship and Leadership committees and Mentor with the Youth Ministry. Her hobbies are shopping, modeling, reading, line dancing and traveling.

  • Rev. Theodore  Means

    Rev. Theodore Means, Funeral Assistant

  • Ms. Timeka Lynn Woods

    Ms. Timeka Lynn Woods, Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Timeka attended CWRU for 2 years and completed her AAS and BMS at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She is also a licensed insurance agent and Division Leader of Primerica Financial Services. She is an active member of Avon Avenue Baptist Church. A resident of Warrensville Heights and a graduate of Warrensville Heights High School, she is the mother of Tylen, Taylen and Timeka Erin.

  • Mr. Turner  Williams

    Mr. Turner Williams, Funeral Assistant

  • Mr. Tyrome  Hinson

    Mr. Tyrome Hinson, Funeral Assistant

  • Mrs. Nicole Johnson

    Mrs. Nicole Johnson, Assistant to Chief Financial Officer

    Nicole graduated from Wilberforce University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She and her husband Duane and daughter Adrienne are residents of Shaker Heights, OH. Nicole enjoys cooking, traveling, singing and volunteering. She is a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church where she is a Deaconess, member of the Praise Team, Music Ministry and a Vacation Bible school teacher. She is a member of the NAACP, Jobs Partnership of Cleveland, Shaker PTA and 1st Vice President of Top Ladies of Distinction, GCC. She is also the owner of Catering and Event Planning by Nicole.

  • Mr. Antuan Paci

    Mr. Antuan Paci, Funeral Assistant

  • Mrs. Shannon Clark

    Mrs. Shannon Clark, Funeral Assistant

  • Mr. Mark Mainor

    Mr. Mark Mainor, Funeral Assistant

    Mark is a member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon.

  • Mr. Roderick Bacon

    Mr. Roderick Bacon, Funeral Assistant

  • Ms. Jonell Williamson

    Ms. Jonell Williamson, Vital Records Specialist

    Jonell attended Tri-C and PTC School of Nursing. She is a member of House of Refuge Baptist Church where she is a member of the choir. She resides in Euclid, OH, and enjoys cooking, singing and dancing and is the mother of two.

  • Mrs. Audrey Thompson

    Mrs. Audrey Thompson, Receptionist and Insurance Administrator

    Audrey is a graduate of Kent State University. She spends her time free volunteering with ICONS, supporting youth and the communities of Cleveland. She is a member of Fellowship Church of God. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, crafts and floral design. She is married to Brooke H. Thompson.