Even as a preteen, Young William was destined to be a notable person. His independence was guiding him to a promising career and a long adventurous life. But that road led in front of an artillery cannon that “bit” his ambitions and reshaped his worth. At the age of seventeen while serving in the cavalry in 1936, he became blinded for life in a horrific accident that would have meant failure for any other persona. After over two years in the hospital, William Boyd began an episode that would make him an icon among his peers. Along the way, he gathered strength and punishment for himself. After working in a broom factory with no purpose, he stumbled upon an opportunity to become more worthy of his life.
After many attempts, he was finally accepted into Texas Chiropractic College as one of their first blind student. Upon graduating, he now had to make the world accept him as a healer. But first, he had to accept himself. He found that love was just as hard as finding his sight. His chiropractic practice grew, and he expanded into the realtor business. His achievements included reading over sixteen thousand books making him able to converse on most any topics, being nominated by a local newspaper as the most successful disabled veteran businessperson, raising a family, promoting education, entertainment director for the Lion’s Club for sixteen years, deacon of his church, and becoming the longest practicing chiropractor in the world at the time of his death in 1999.
His story was finally told to me, his son, on his deathbed. He died the next day. This embellished account based on his life includes adventures, tragedy, humor, laughter, romance, punishment, anger, and tears. But most of all, it tells of an admiration for a man who had worth. It taught the author that a man’s worth can be told by how many people come to your funeral. The church was packed at his memorial.