Rev. Johnny Ray Boyd, 79, departed this world for his eternal home on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
John was born on September 6, 1941 to Raymond Boyd and Thelma (Deaton) Boyd in Palzo, IL. He was raised in Creal Springs but has resided in many places including, Canada, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Missouri.
John was married to Shirley (Parks) Boyd in 1961 and their union produced three children, Kimberly, Mark and Steven. Shirley sadly passed in 1986.
He then married Alice (Cauley) Boyd on April 4, 1987, with whom he has enjoyed many travels and she survives.
John was a minister with the United Pentecostal Church International and worked tirelessly as an apostle planning churches and evangelizing worldwide. His greatest accomplishment was working in service for the Lord.
Aside from his wife, Alice, he is survived by his children, Kimberly (Greg) Steinsultz of Goreville and Mark (Belynda) Boyd of Mountain Grove, MO. He is also survived by two special sisters, Connie Gearhardt of Marion and LaDonna Dryden of Herrin; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; his sister, Dorothy and son, Steven.
He will be sadly missed by many friends, as he never knew a stranger, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 4pm at the First Apostolic Church in Marion with Rev. Joel Gray officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 2pm until the time of service at the church. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.
Burial will be on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 10am at Spring Hill Cemetery in Stonefort.
Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, those attending the service are asked to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask.
For those prefer, memorials may be made to Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, Illinois 62959.