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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Deceased Name: John Boyd Herd III

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

John Boyd "Johnny" Herd III passed away on March 25, 2014 in Durant, Oklahoma.

He was born on February 16, 1944 in Durant, Oklahoma to John Boyd Herd Jr. and Jean French Herd.

Johnny graduated from Durant High School in 1962. He was president of his senior class and a member of the Durant High School basketball and golf teams. Later, Johnny became an avid golfer at the Durant Country Club.

Johnny majored in engineering at Oklahoma State University and went on to specialize and graduate from Oklahoma University with a Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. After a long career with Reynolds Metals in locations including New York, Venezuela, Tennessee and Arkansas, he returned to Durant and was a small business owner until 2008.

Johnny spent his childhood and youth as a member of the Durant First United Methodist Church and was a member, as an adult, in the Durant Christian Church and in the First Presbyterian Church. He remained close to his childhood and high school friends and enjoyed attending the Durant High School reunions.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Borin Herd of Durant; his parents, Jean French Herd and John Boyd Herd Jr. of Durant; his paternal grandparents, Virginia Houser Herd and John Boyd Herd Sr. of Durant; his maternal grandparents, Lester Monroe French and Doraidelle Fuller French of Durant.

Johnny is survived by his sons, John Boyd Herd IV and wife Sue of Seeknok, MA and J. Brandon Herd of Florence, MS; his grandchildren, Shannon and her husband Ben, Paige, Brooke, Adam, Anna and Amy; his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara Herd Shipp and Jim Shipp; his sister and brother-in-law, Linda Herd Moran and Pat Moran; his nieces, Julie Shipp Rainer, Jeana Shipp Swanson and her husband Dave; great nieces/nephews, Jamie, Mary Kate, Maggie, Jackson and Wilder; and numerous cousins and friends.

Pallbearers are Jim Corbin, Mickey McKnight, Ronald Bennett, Bill Semple, George French, Pat Gallagher, Earl Umsted, Frank Semple and Butch Arnett. Honorary Pallbearers are Mike Moran, Joe Barker, John Steger and Burt Barr.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Durant Reunion Plaza and Oakridge Nursing Home.

Family hour will be 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Holmes Coffey Murray Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Durant, Oklahoma with Rev. B. J. Tapley and Rev. Jim Shroyer officiating.

Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.

Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.

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