John Boyce

John Raymond "J.R." Boyce

Wednesday, January 22nd, 1941 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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John Raymond “J.R.” Boyce, 79, passed away July 24, 2020. He was born in Weldon, NC to the late John Franklin and Mary Hattie Keeter Boyce. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his 3 brothers and granddaughter, Madison. He was a longtime member of Indian River Baptist Church where he was a deacon and very active with his Sunday School Class. “J.R.” was a founding partner at Boyce, Spady and Moore CPA Firm in Suffolk, retiring after many years of dedicated service to the community. He was a very caring man who loved and cherished his family, especially his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 59 years, Carolyn Matthews Boyce; children, Tamara LaPonte (Michael) and Gregory Boyce (Melissa); grandchildren, Sydney, Sarah, Alex, Courtney and Jordan; sister, Geneva Wilson (David) and numerous other family and loving friends.

A service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 2:30pm at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake. Burial will follow at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Indian River Baptist Church, 1600 Laurel Ave, Chesapeake, VA 23325. Please visit his Book of Memories at where you may view the service if unable to attend or leave a note to the family.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 26th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, July 26th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Monday, July 27th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Monday, July 27th, 2020 2:30pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
    524 Cedar Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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Marshall and Bobbi Weissberger

Posted at 03:36pm
Bobbi and I were sad to hear of the passing of JR. We were ODU basketball friends. Our sincere condolences to Carolyn and family.

Glenn & Karen Reichenbach

Posted at 05:05pm
Carolyn, Penny and I are so sorry to read about JR's passing in this morning's paper. Unfortunately, it was too late for us to attend the services. I am confused regarding the meeting with the family. Monday's paper says it was yesterday. The posting for his passing is very confusing as well as a day late. JR was an amazing man, loved by all in the neighborhood. He will be deeply missed by Penny and myself. If there is anything at all that we can do to assist you at this terrible time, please reach out to us and let us know. We can be reached at or 757-509-3255. We are deeply saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know Sydney will miss him as much as you will.

James Rowan

Posted at 04:21pm
I am so sorry and saddened to hear of his passing , he was always upbeat and happy and could bring a smile to everyone around him . He will be missed by many , he touched so many lives in his travels thru life. Take comfort in knowing that you now have a special angel watching over you . May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of past times together. So sorry to miss his funeral. May God bless you and your family . James Rowan

Ronald H. Williams

Posted at 10:47am
Dear Family,
On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office, I want to extend our sincerest sympathy on the loss of J. R. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

David N Wilson

Posted at 09:57am
We will certainly miss JR. Geneva and I spent many days with him during our travels to the Outer Banks, Family Weddings, and in the US and he was like a brother that I never had to me. Words are just not enough to express our feelings of loss.

Rest in Peace JR.

David and Geneva Wilson

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