Paul Richard Boyce, 91 of Huntersville, NC, formerly of Grafton, passed away Friday August 8, 2014 at Novant Health Hospital, Huntersville, NC, with his family by his side. He was born in Grafton, May 9, 1923, a son of the late Samuel and Bessie Travis Boyce. His wife Mary G. Boyce preceded him death in January 20, 2009.
Paul was a US Navy Veteran of WWll, serving on the USS MACKINAC (AVP13) 1 Star/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings (including first Savo)-7-9 August 1942, 1 Star/Gilbert Islands operation-2-8 December 1943, 1 Star/ Capture and occupation of Saipan-27 June-10 August 1944, 1 Star/Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands- 6 September-14 October 1944, 1 Star/Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto -11 May-30 June 1945, 1 Star/ Third Fleet operations against Japan- 10-25 July 1945, The ship also earned the Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia, for the time from 2 September 1945 until 10 January 1946 . After the military, Paul went to work for the B&O Railroad in Grafton as a mechanic for several years. He later retired as a Millwright with Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood, WV.
He attended Beulah Baptist Church, and then he moved to Huntersville, NC to be close his daughter and family. Paul attended the Christ Community Church in Huntersville. He loved the Lord with all his heart.
Paul is survived by one daughter, Linda Pacer and husband Michael, Huntersville, NC; one grandson, Paul Anthony Allessio and wife Ashleigh, Charlotte, NC. He was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Boyce.
Friends may call at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave, Grafton, on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5-8 PM, Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Friday August 15, 2014 with Rev. Richard McDonald officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the VFW Memorial City Post #3081, American Legion Taylor County Post # 12, Central WV DAV Chapter 24 and their auxiliaries and the US Navy Funeral Honor Detail.
Online condolences and sympathy gifts can be sent to the Boyce family at www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com