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Rev. Johnny Boyd

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.

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Sorry to hear of Brother Boyd's passing. He was a good man and dear friend. Praying for precious family. R. G. Walls

Ron Walls Oct 11 2020 5:02 AM

The smile ! I will always remember his kindness through his smile! It pulled you in and the joy of knowing him is a blessing that I will always remember! To the family I know your heart aches for his presence but we find peace knowing he is with our Heavenly Father! Condolences to the family

Sharon Elam Oct 6 2020 6:38 AM

It is mentioned above that John never knew a stranger. My family experienced this first hand. I had never met him before our travels down to visit a few years back and he treated myself and my children like family. Thinking of his family during this time. He will be missed.

Alison Niebauer Waldrup Oct 3 2020 10:42 PM

Sending my heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Boyd Family, may GOD comfort your sorrows. Bro. Boyd was an outstanding preacher and he will be missed.

DAVID PHALIN Oct 3 2020 10:38 PM

Alice ~ My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and the rest of the John Boyd family. It is so true that he knew no strangers; his dynamic personality took you in as family the minute you met him. I know he loved my son, Peter Niebauer, and the feeling was reciprocated. We are thinking of you as you go forward in your grief. Chalice Niebauer Alison (Niebauer) Waldrup Susan (Niebauer) Albright

Chalice Niebauer Oct 2 2020 12:11 PM

My prays are with the family. I know he will be missed by all?

Corrine Belt Oct 2 2020 7:01 AM

Marion High School Class of 1958 wishes to express our sadness to hear of our classmate. John's passing, Our facebook page has been flooded by classmates remembering him.

Jean (Rose) Johnson Oct 1 2020 8:33 PM

Papa, was my first pastor and I truly dont know where any of us would be without him. I always felt loved and like family long before I married his grandson. He truly had a gift to make even strangers feel special. This family is a true testament to the joy living for God brings. We will miss you Papa, everyday, until we meet again. Thank you for everything, your devotion to our family will forever live on. We will always feel your love and promise to take care of grandma Shane.

Cassi Steinsultz Oct 1 2020 7:21 AM

To all the Boyd family, we love you so much and you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know Bro. Boyd is home with Jesus. He will be missed down here but we know he is walking the streets of gold. He was an amazing man of God and a true Hero of the Faith. We're sending our heartfelt condolences. ??

Melissa Clark Hendrick Oct 1 2020 7:18 AM

It was an honor to know Brother Boyd! Such a special individual & truly a Servent! We know the Lord will be a Comforter to each family member in the days to come! Sending our deepest condolences. Mike & Lynn Cox Cambria, IL

Lynn Cox Sep 30 2020 4:23 PM