Meridian Star

March 21, 2013

Funeral for police chief set for Sunday

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Services for Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin, who died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital after he was hit by a car while directing school time traffic, will be held Sunday inside the Enterprise High School gymnasium.

    The services, which will be officiated by Reverend Bob Null and Reverend Macon Phillips, will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the services in Antioch Cemetery.

    Visitation will be held Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the gymnasium.

    Boykin, 51, died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson around 9:45 a.m. from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a car. Boykin had been the police chief at Enterprise for almost 13 years. He was reportedly directing school traffic at about 7:30 a.m. when the accident occurred.

    Mayor Larry Murray said Wednesday afternoon part time officers for the Enterprise Police Department would take over the role of law enforcement for Enterprise until a new chief could be found.

    "We will have to get through this first and then we will begin the search process for another police chief," said Murray. "We have capable officers who can fill in the spots for Randy and they are glad and honored to do it."

    Murray said the presence of Boykin will be missed greatly. Murray said Boykin would do anything at any time when asked and usually it was with a broad smile on his face.

    "We will find another chief but Randy is irreplaceable," said Murray. "He was a jolly guy. If you got a ticket from Randy, chances are you deserved it."

    The Police Benevolent Foundation has established a “Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund” at Regions Bank. Mississippi PBA Division President Chris Skinner said, “Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Chief Boykin’s family during this difficult time. This incident reminds us all of the dangers that law enforcement officers face and the community support that is needed for our brave men and women who protect us every day.”

     Skinner went on to say that it is with a heavy heart that the PBF and MSPBA ask for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in efforts to provide much needed support to Chief Boykin’s family in this time of distress.

    Skinner said donations can be made at any Regions Bank through the Police Benevolent Foundation to assist in efforts to provide financial support to Chief Boykin’s family in this time of need.

    Boykin is survived by his wife, Sandra Boykin; two daughters, Amy Smith and her husband, Marcus and Jennifer Pugh and her husband, Scottie; grandchildren, Kayla Smith, Amber Litchfield Smith, Emma Smith and Robin Smith; mother, Doris Boykin; two brothers, Mike Boykin and his wife, Liz and Phillip Boykin and his wife, Tara and one sister, Diane Baker and her husband, Billy Joe; several nieces, nephews and extended family members.