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.