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Joseph Urquhart Boykin

March 11, 1947 January 21, 2022
Joseph Urquhart Boykin
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On Friday morning past, the 21st of January in 2022, JOSEPH URQUHART BOYKIN, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital, where he expired in the evening. Christian services to be held at the Chapel of Echols Funeral Home in Emporia (806 Brunswick Avenue, 23847) the afternoon of Wednesday the 2nd of February at two o'clock. Viewing and visitation begin at one o'clock.
Born 11 March 1947, Joe was predeceased by his parents John Claude and Fay Little Boykin and by a particularly special canine named Tessie. He is survived by previous wives Sue Blue Boykin and Joyce Boykin, two sisters, two nephews, two nieces, six great nephews, and one great niece: Mrs. Janie Ann Boykin Jones--daughter Laurel Ann Jones Reis [daughter Lauren] and son (wife); Mrs. Mary Lucy Boykin Pollard--son Jason Warren Pollard (Carri Miller) [sons Carson, Hunter Bunch] and daughter Niece Carol.
Joe graduated Greensville County High School June 1965, certified Smith-Deal-Massey Business College (Richmond) June 1967, and enlisted United States Navy 27 November 1967 and Honorably Discharged 26 November 1973. He served tours in the Atlantic and Caribbean aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Guadalcanal, including the Mission Recovery Task Force for Apollo 9. Rightly, he was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. An electrician by trade, he dedicated many years of service to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Richmond Local 666.
A very private and contemplative man his whole life, his distance did not diminish his strong love and respect for his family, his staunch pride in his service and his heritage, his delight in the lighter side of life, nor his ability to genuinely care for another. God's creation in the forms of the animal kingdom, especially "man's best friend," touched his heart most emphatically. This inner warmth is expressed ultimately in his bequests to cancer and parkinsons research (his parents) and for animal welfare (Tessie).
Until we meet through Christ's Redemptive Glory...

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