As 2007 came to a close, Tom Boyd of Knoxville was celebrating another year of living -- his 70th.
Tom Boyd’s 70th birthday party celebration took place on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Barn Event Center in Townsend. The party was given by Boyd’s wife, Sandi Burdick.
The Barn Event Center is owned by Richard and Debbie Way, who are life-long friends of Tom and Sandi’s. The party helped kick off the opening of the event center as it reaches out to corporate and private groups for party bookings.
The party was catered by Mike Blair. Entertainment was from a live band called the L.A. Three of Knoxville.
The bar offered signature beverages with names that reflect experiences in Tom’s life such as: Upside-Down Bobcat, Chain Saw Massacre and Waterfall Splash.
Before the dancing began, Tom’s children gave a surprise presentation. Randy Boyd, CEO of Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville, Autumn Anfang of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Stephanie Evans of Knoxville all told humorous and moving stories about their father.
Ninety guests, including three of Tom’s siblings from West Tennessee, were present to help celebrate the big decade birthday. Also present were Tom’s brother Perry Boyd, who retired from Air Force One as a Security Specialist and wife, Cathy, along with their children, Mark and Mike Boyd, and Mike’s fiancé, Grace Macandili.
Three of Tom’s six grandchildren were present: Thomas and Harrison Boyd and Chelsea Luttrell, along with daughter-in-law, Jenny Boyd.
Other guests included Don and Cathy Hasson; Robert and Danielle Nutt; Dennis and Sally Bushman; Lane Hays and Stuart Worden; Maribel Koella; Bob Patterson, director of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, and wife, Jan; Trent Sanders, the 19-year-old president of Leaders Across America; Mary Beth Roberts and Bob Spaulding; John and Judy Greiss; John and Meg Retinger; Todd and Becky Birdwell; Dr. Kevin Jones and wife, Claire; Jim and Christy Simpson; Roger and Jan Kiger; Tom and Pam Reddoch; Jeff and Pam Peters; John and Connie Tatgenhorst; Lisa Matta and Rob Seneker.
Also joining in the festivities were Brett Burdick of Brex International; Kerry Cholka; Mike and Cheryl Schoenberger; Mark, Barb and Katie Sanders; Ernie and Pat Jones; Willie and Brenda Wallace; Carl and Mary Jane Snyder; Ray and Phyllis Lowe; Dabney and Trish Hansard; Bill and Janie Dempster; Jeff and Pam Ketron; Bill and Sharon Maples; Carie Batic; Ashley Burnett; Rothman and Taraneh Teran; and Clyde and Ann Ragsdale.