A native of Rock Springs, Tennessee, Clay was the son of the late Clay E. Boyd, Sr. and Nell King Boyd. He was a 1947 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, served in the United States Army during the Korean War era in the Army Security Agency, and graduated from ETSU in 1954. He became a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and owned and operated the Clay Boyd Insurance Agency for over 60 years, working up until the day he died.
Clay was active in the Optimist Club for many years, building over 30 clubs and serving in numerous leadership roles including International Vice President.
Clay was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Johnson City.
In addition to his parents, Clay was preceded in death by his sister, Velma Boyd Hill.
Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-one years, Joann Isenberg Boyd; a son, Clay Evans Boyd, III; and three daughters, Beth Dunbar and her husband Warren, Ruth Stokes and her husband Noah, and Jennifer Hansen and her husband Jess; two sisters, Faye King and Jeweldene Calvetto; several nieces and nephews. He was lovingly known as “Grand Clay” by his seven grandchildren, Leah Stokes Ross and her husband Will, Jake Stokes, Sarah Stokes, Henry Hansen, Graham Hansen, Amelia Hansen, and Hannah Boyd. He will be missed by his family, especially for his jokes and stories.
The family of Clay E. Boyd, Jr. will receive friends from 1 to 3 pm Monday, January 15, 2018, at First United Methodist Church of Johnson City. The funeral service will follow at 3 pm with the Reverend Jane Taylor officiating. The graveside committal service will be conducted indoors at 10 am Tuesday at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Ministers, family, and friends are requested to meet at the mausoleum prior to 10 am.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring Street, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37604.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the Boyd family via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Boyd family. (423) 282-1521.