James C. Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Mrs. Avis Boyd-Gaines
2014 Mortician of the Year
Avis, the youngest daughter of the late Mr. James C. Boyd, Sr. and Mrs. Corine H. Boyd is a native Floridian who graduated from Plantation High School in January 1979. Avis immediately furthered her education at Miami Dade Community College (North Campus) and majored in Mortuary Science. She graduated in May 1981, two weeks later she joined the United States Army. She mastered many levels and positions within the United States Army to include an Inspector General at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., an Equal Opportunity Advisor at Camp Casey Korea and a First Sergeant at Youngsan, Korea. She traveled extensively while in the Army to include such places as Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosova, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; Wildflecken, Germany and Butzback, Germany, where she met and married her husband, Earl A. Gaines, Jr. almost 33 years ago.
Avis has an Associate of Science degree in Mortuary Science, an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Miami-Dade Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Trident University International. She earned a host of awards and medals for her dedicated service and contributions to her country to include the highest peace time award, the Legion of Merit.
In January 2008, she retired after twenty-six years of service to return to South Florida with her husband Earl A. Gaines, Jr., son: Earl A. Gaines III, daughter: Alexis Sullivan, son-in-law: Jeffery Sullivan and granddaughter: Na’Mya Sullivan. Since her return, her family has grown even more to include two more granddaughters: Jaeliana Sullivan and Ava Sullivan
Avis is a brave courageous soldier who has unselfishly transitioned from a leader in the military to leading the family business as presiding owner. She is the Licensed Funeral Directress and Embalmer in charge at the James C. Boyd Funeral Home, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; an active member of the Florida Morticians Association, Inc; Chairperson for the First Regional District; Broward County Business & Professional Women’s Network; The Kiwanis Club of Central Broward, and 100 Black Women of Funeral Services, Inc. She has received numerous community awards to include Florida Mortician Association, Inc., 2014 Mortician of the Year and First Regional District 2014 Mortician of the Year; recipient of The Links, Inc. 2013, Health and Human Services Award and The National Newspaper Publisher Association Community Service Award. With prayer, the sustained support of family, staff, and the community, Avis Boyd-Gaines and the James C. Boyd Funeral Home will continue to provide quality service to the Tri-County areas and surrounding communities.