Boyd “Jay” Johnson • August 18, 2021

Boyd “Jay” Johnson was BIG.

He was physically BIG.

He came from a BIG family. He married into a BIG family.

He drove a BIG rig.

He had a BIG hug. He’d squeeze you and pick you up and embrace you BIG.

He had a BIG personality, a BIG smile, and a BIG laugh. He consumed the room.

He had a BIG reach. He cared about his BIG circle of folks, from kids he knew through raising his own to strangers met out-to-eat after church. BIG chunks of time evaporated when lost in conversation with Jay.

His BIGgest passion was his family. He taught his boys to love Jesus. He constantly reminded them, “Do the next right thing.” What he loved most about having two sons was gaining two daughters. He called or facetimed Jordan and Josh almost every day and joked, “I didn’t call to talk to you. Where’s my daughter-in-law?!”

He adored being Pops to his BIG grandbaby, Dallas.

His nieces called him BIG Daddy.

He had BIG attitudes and big opinions and a BIG need to take care of others.

He lived out the fruit of the spirit, but others especially saw kindness and joy in him—unless you cut him off in traffic.

Boyd Dewayne Johnson was born in Brewton, Alabama on April 15, 1969. He enlisted into the United States Marines in 1988 when he was 19 years old. He served faithfully for 4 years and protected our country during Desert Storm. He was an owner/operator truck driver with Boyd Brothers Transportation. He was a devoted member of Olive Baptist Church for over 20 years. In his free time, he was frequently found golfing with his sons and brother-in-law Phillip. He and his wife Tonya Murphy were married August 23, 1996. They would be celebrating 25 years of marriage on Monday, August 23, 2021. On this side of eternity, Boyd leaves behind his wife Tonya, his sons Jordan and Joshua, his daughters-in-law Emma and Hannah, and his grandson Dallas. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dixie and Bill Johnson, his maternal grandparents Sephers and Novella Jackson, and his mother-in-law Anne Murphy. He is survived by his parents Shirley and Mike Grunert, his father Roland Johnson, and his sisters Angela Colley (Keith), Karen McRae (Mark), Teri Peterson (Mike), Kacie Campbell (Rodney), numerous nieces and nephews, and the beloved Murphy family.

Boyd (Jay) Johnson loved BIG; therefore, he was loved BIG in response. He leaves a BIG hole in the hearts of his people.

Visitation will be at Olive Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 10am till the service begins at 11am. Burial will be in Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

Special thanks to Olive Baptist Church, the doctors and nurses at Baptist Hospital, and Rev. Chris Reeser. In lieu of flowers, or for those who wish, donations can be made to Olive Baptist Church Grief Support or the Florida Baptist Children’s Home.

  1. Aunt Lyn says:

    Josh and Hannah I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Josh’s family.

  2. Karen McRae says:

    Tu Me Manques, BIG Baby Brother! Until eternity reunites us … my heart will be broken! I love you BIGLY!!!

  3. Mark McRae says:

    Until we meet again, Rejoice In Paradise! Words can’t capture the Love and Admiration I have for Boyd! Semper Fi Bro!

  4. Sandra Plevin says:

    Sending my heartfelt sympathy to Tonya and the Murphy Family for the the BIG void that Jay leaves. I am so sorry for your loss of this beloved member of your tribe.
    And to Jay I say thank you for your service, Sir and may you Rest In Peace!

  5. Juliann Price says:

    In God’s arms may you gently rest

  6. Mike & Jani Harr says:

    Tonya we just read about Jay’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss, please know that we will be praying for you and your family during this most difficult time. We enjoyed the time we spent with you and Jay at FBCMI. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Floyd L. Shaw says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Boyd’s passing I worked with him at Armstrong World Industries and he was one of a kind. Always a smile and Loved his family. I will miss him. Our condolences and prayers are with you.

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