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Cleveland –In 1905 Elmer F. Boyd open his doors at 2604 Central Avenue with his partner Lewis Dean. He later moved to E. 43rd and Central Avenue.

In 1938, Elmer F. Boyd, with the support and commitment of his wife, Cora Stewart Boyd and son William F. Boyd, he purchased the Slaughter Brothers FH at 2165 E. 89th Street. It was then that the family business name was changed to E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home.

Since that time, the family has opened 2 additional funeral homes located in East Cleveland in 1972 and Warrensville Heights in 1996 to expand the family business and enhance its presence in the community.

Now in its 4th generation and more than 110 years later, E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home and Crematory is being operated by the late William F. & Mary W. Boyd’s children; William F. Boyd, II “Pepper”, Marina Boyd Grant and Marcella Boyd Cox and grandchildren; Lisa Boyd Taylor and Victoria Boyd (Tori).

As one of the oldest funeral homes in the Nation and the oldest African American owned business in Cuyahoga County, E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home and Crematory has decided that it is time to adjust their business model to accommodate changes in the industry.

As a result, effective June 1, 2016, E.F. Boyd & Son will close the doors to their East Cleveland facility located at 15357 Euclid Avenue to prepare for the future. “We feel extremely Blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve the East Cleveland Community for the past 44 years” stated CEO, “Pepper” Boyd. “We hope our East Cleveland customers will continue to allow us to serve them at either of our remaining chapels located at 25900 Emery Road in Warrensville Heights and our headquarters at 2165 East 89th Street, William F. Boyd, Sr. Way.” “From June 1 – September 1, we will offer East Cleveland residents a limousine to assist in transporting family members to one of our other locations for arrangements.”

Plans are underway to create a state of the art funeral home that will lead the way in the changes that are trending in the funeral industry. Marcella Boyd Cox, Chief Marketing Officer says, “We are really excited about meeting the challenge head on to supply the needs of this changing industry while offering the same first class service our customers depend on.” “Thank you for continuing to make E.F. Boyd your first choice for funeral and pre-planning services.”

Stay tuned to additional updates within the coming months. The support of the Greater Cleveland community has been unmatched and has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

E.F. Boyd & Son . . . A Century of Celebrating Life

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