There’s a song that keeps ringing in my ears. Some of the words are, “When you hear of my homegoing, don’t worry about me. I’m just another soldier gone home to be with my Lord.” So it is today, as I remember a dear friend, a great pastor, a mentor, and a bold soldier — Pastor Harold Junior Boykin, who has been elevated to a better home.
Th Rev. Harold Boykin transitioned from this earthly life on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 10. Although I can imagine that the angels are still rejoicing, we here in the City of Clinton have heavy hearts. Although I know to be absent from the body is to be present with our Lord for those who die in Christ, we are still saddened. Rev. Boykin was an exceptional individual who had a smile that seemed to light up the sky. It has been said that a warm smile is the universal language of kindness. If we believe this to be so, the Rev. Boykin spoke this language well.
I don’t know the full history of the nickname, “Hard Rock”; however, he was a man of strength — a man of honor, a genuine people person. He could relate to all ages — the babies and the more matured. I have seen him on numerous occasions go beyond the call of duty to speak words of encouragement to anyone. The Rev. Boykin was one of the few who many loved to see coming and hated to see leave.
My family met the Boykins over thirty years ago and it was love at first sight. This love still abides today. The Rev. Boykin knew who he was. He felt no need to pretend. He was an ordinary man with extraordinary qualities.
Truly, life is short and tomorrow is not promised to any of us. On this day and days to come, as we reminisce upon conversations and events that we shared with Pastor Harold Boykin, let us rejoice in knowing that he was faithful to God even unto death. He knew and he taught us of the One who answers our prayers and cares for us.
There are many things that I do not know; however, one thing that I do believe with my whole heart is that another soldier by the name of Pastor Harold Junior “Hard Rock” Boykin is now dining in a heavenly place. I say “dining” because from the mouth of Pastor Boykin, I heard on many occasions his love for food. Now, I visualize him eating at the head table.
We love you, Pastor Boykin and you shall live forever within the hearts of my family, the Faison Family.
Elaine Hunt is the city clerk for the City of Clinton.