He was born on June 27, 1947 near Graff, Missouri, the son of John and Thelma (Mayberry) Boykin.
Junior attended and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School.
He was united in marriage to Celah Freels, and to this union two sons, Daniel and Darian, were born.
He was passionate about the outdoors and loved to fish and hunt for small game. In his later years, he loved to build things, such as hope chests for all three of his granddaughters and a wooden sailboat that his grandson asked him to build. The song “I Did it My Way” sums it up best when describing him; he lived life his way, on his own terms and never compromised.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma Boykin.
He is survived by his wife, Celah Boykin of the home; his sons, Daniel Boykin and wife Becky and Darian Boykin and wife Gina; two brothers, Lewis Boykin and wife Lois and Phillip Boykin and wife Judy; six grandchildren, AJ Cruce, Channing Boykin, Parker Boykin, Ashlyn Boykin, Shyane Boykin and Clay Boykin; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and many friends. Junior will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Friendship Cemetery near Mtn. Grove with Rev. Darrel Loughridge officiating. Pallbearers were Darian Boykin, Clay Boykin, Parker Boykin, Gene Carter, Elmes Hurst and Earl Carder. Interment with full military honors was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Friendship Cemetery or to American Diabetes Association c/o the funeral home.