Terry Raymond Boyd

Terry Raymond Boyd was born on June 22, 1957; and passed away on July 28, 2021.  He and Natalie were married on February 2, 1990; and were blessed to have one daughter; Justine.  Terry was preceded in death by his mother Willie Pearl Boyd, father George Marcom, Sisters Sonja and Renea Boyd, grandmother Bessie Mae Hall and uncles Ervin, Andrew, Earl, Charles and Terry Hall.  He leaves to cherish his memory: Wife, Natalie Boyd, daughter Justine Wade, and his ever-cherished grandchildren Jayden and Natalya Wade, an Aunt Christine Hall, brother Ervin (Tamra) Boyd, Sister-in-laws Christine (Ray) Brown, Jennell Johnson, Rashanda Jones, Nikkida (Lool) Price and a Brother-in-law James Woodard, a special nephew Tyrone Boyd, a host of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends, as well as long-time friends Frank Bradley and Ward Beard.

Most people that knew Terry would describe him as happy-go-lucky, humorous or light-hearted.  It would be a rare thing to not see him smiling or laughing.  For many people when they would hear the name Terry Boyd, they would most likely associate him with track and field.  During the years he competed he held the Lansing junior high school city record and championships for the 100 and 220 yard dash.  Terry was also the Summer League Jaycees state champion for the 100 and 220 yard dash.  For over twenty years he shared the national record for the 75 yard dash.

Terry was employed by the Lansing School District as a Custodian for thirty-four years (retiring in 2010, but later did substitute custodial work until 2014).  He held the positions of D Custodian, Elementary Day Custodian Assistant Head Custodian and ultimately Head Custodian.  As it turned out Terry had a real gift in working with children.  During the school year, if he saw a child getting picked on he would stop it and he became a safe haven of protection for many children down through the years.

He was truly blessed with unwavering support, unconditional love and a legacy that will live on forever through his beautiful immediate family. This love, support and true bond will hold strong until his very last breath.  After meeting the love of his life, Terry would go on to be married to Natalie for 31 years. Parenting over their wonderful daughter was one of his most treasured living experiences. As he felt much joy helping to guide Justine through all stages of her life and he never missed a step to be present when he was needed. Becoming a grandfather extended his heart even more than he ever thought possible. Jayden and Natalya’s Papa would be an everlasting presence in their lives from the very day they were born, and they treasured every encounter and all the memories they shared.

Terry loved to cook; and barbecuing was one of his favorite things to do; and like the smoldering coals of his grill that would eventually go out; so it is with the time that we had him with us; and even though his time has run out; we are thankful for all the memories that we have: and truly, he has left his lingering aroma in our lives!

There will be a memorial service held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, Michigan 48933.

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Frank Bradley III
July 30, 2021 at 7:27 pm

Hello Justine: thank you so much. I appreciate the obituary for your dad. I have some medical issues as well which is preventing me from coming there. All I can say with certainty your dad loved you and he probably lived longer cause of his love for you particularly. Family as a whole was a highlight of his life. Pass this on
to Natalie et.al

Fraternally yours. Frank Bradley III

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Dan Smith
July 30, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Condolences to all his family. Terry was a very humble soul that I always enjoyed talking to back in high school. I had a great conversation with him at the 40th class reunion. What a wonderful obituary and I believe every word. RIP Terry.

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Wayne watson
July 31, 2021 at 11:59 am

Condolences to family I went to school with Terry we ran track together in Jr high and high school we walked home together after practice everyday he always had a smile on his face and had a story to tell

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Tom smith
July 31, 2021 at 3:31 pm

Terry was a great person and loved everybody. Him and Champ (Frank Bradley) were like glue. I peddled papers with frank and deliver Terrys house. He will be missed. Prayers to the Family And boy could her run. 🙂

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Micque Hoffer
July 31, 2021 at 7:54 pm

I will be praying for your family during this time. I was a teacher at North Elementary and had the privilege to work with Terry for many years. He definitely brought joy to our workplace and always had a smile for students and colleagues. We certainly missed him when he retired. May you find comfort in all your cherished memories.

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Larry L. Dawson Sr.
August 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

i worked with terry and his brother Ervin Boyd for over 30 years, WOW!! lansing and his family have lose a great one, i used to belive Ervin was fast until he said go watch terry well buddy my heart go out to your beautiful daughterJustine and wife natalie and the entire family, gone but not forgotten. news was not that good sitting down reading the state journal this morning. PIP

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Rev. LaSandra Jones
August 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Terry’s passing, but I believe he is safe in the arms of Jesus at this time. My prayers of peace and comfort go out for Natalie and the family. I have been knowing the Boyd family for many years, and have nothing but positive words to say about them. God’s blessings on you all!

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Patricia Jones
August 1, 2021 at 5:06 pm

Sending Prayers and My Condolences Out to the Entire Family!

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Christine Brown
August 1, 2021 at 7:13 pm

Brother in law you are truly missed I am thankful I was blessed to have you in my life for over 30 years you were always a family man and inspiration to what a man consist of I will be by my big sister’s side and help her through the void in her life you are her first love and only love I will always have the memories of you in my heart

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Nikki and Lowe Price
August 1, 2021 at 7:26 pm

My deepest condolences to Terry’s beloved wife Natalie, his treasured daughter Justine, and precious grandchildren Jayden, and Natalya, as well as the extended family. May his beautiful memories give you peace and comfort at this time and keep you in the days to come. Remember Proverbs 3:5-6 Lean not on your own understanding.
We are here for all of you.
Love You All

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Tom Francis
August 3, 2021 at 12:12 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Boyd family. Terry’s infectious smile and easy going nature were his hallmark. He was a great co-worker and man. Godspeed Terry.

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Gary L Tompkins
August 3, 2021 at 11:44 am

I’ll miss Terry’s smile, He always called to check on me. To the family and Aunt Christine my prayers.

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Bill and Lori Johnson
August 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm

We had the pleasure of working with Terry at North Elementary for years. He always had a smile on his face, had a great sense of humor, and cared about us.
He helped create that feeling of being a family versus just co-workers.
Our prayers go out to his family.

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Julian Van Dyke
August 4, 2021 at 8:57 am

Our prayers to Terry’s family in hopes that his soul and spirit is before the Lord continually. And though I am blessed to have known Terry he never let on that he achieved those heights in sports as a young student in Lansing Area School District. He was always friendly and smiled most of the time. He will be missed.

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Carolyn Maier
August 6, 2021 at 8:47 pm

I worked with Terry at North school. He always had a smile for everyone.He had a wonderful way with the children and staff. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

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