Wesley Boyd Sr. was born November 9, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas to Dumas and Emma Humphries Boyd. He attended Forth Worth Public Schools. He graduated in 1948 from I. M. Terrell High School. His education continued at Prairie View A. & M. University. He was in the R. O. T. C. and a graduate of the Class of 1955. Thereafter, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served diligently until he was honorably discharged in 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas and began working in public education.
The schools and colleges where he enjoyed teaching and coaching basketball are as follows: Aldine ISD. - Carver and Drew High School where he served as Head Coach for three years; Galena Park - Fidelity High School; Houston Independent School District: Booker T Washington High School where he served as Junior High Coach and compiled a 99-8 record and went to the City finals all four years; Hartman Middle School, Key Middle School, Woodson Middle School, Phyllis Wheatley High School, and Fleming Middle School. After accomplishing so much in such a short period of time Coach Boyd felt it was time for new challenges. He enrolled in Commonwealth College of Science where he received his Funeral Directors and Embalmers License. This accomplishment made him the world's only active Coach & Funeral Director, thus the nickname "The Undertaker.”For 30 years he owned and operated Boyd's Funeral Home in the Acres Homes area of our City. Continuing to operate the Funeral Home, Coach returned to coaching at Hartman, Key and Woodson and was in the city Play-offs each year at each school. He left Houston in '78 to take the Position of Head Coach at Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas; where his Undertaker name would be known all over the nation. He had an outstanding college record and was able to take his teams to post season play every year and to the NAIA National Tournament twice.
His teams were so good that Sports Illustrated, Texas Sports Magazine and various media outlets came to write stories about The Undertaker and his Teams. After his tenure at Paul Quinn he served two years at Texas College where he produced winners as well. He was then tapped to take over the reins of the Wheatley Program from the retiring Jackie Carr. In his three years at Wheatley, he went to the State Play-offs with a 20-10 record, finished third in the District with a 16-14 record and his last year finished in a three way tie for first.
Wesley “Undertaker” Boyd Sr., died June 10, 1997. His funeral home was left to his lovely wife Patricia Boyd, his son Cortland Boyd and his daughters Karen Boyd-Smith and Trenisha Mosley-Williams to carry on his Legacy. He left his legacy and his life philosophy with so many people, Teenagers and Young Adults whom he taught, the people in his community and abroad whose lives were positively changed because of him. One of his favorite sayings was “if I had given you a fish you could have only eaten for a day If I teach you how to fish you can eat for life”. When kids didn’t have a father at home and needed someone to talk to, you could always find The Undertaker. He would have answers to your questions and you had to be prepared because you might not like the answer. When someone in the community needed to bury a loved one and didn’t have enough money the Undertaker would find a way. He touched and changed the lives of so many people along his Journey in Life.