Robert "Bob" E. Boykin

Thursday, September 16th, 1937 - Sunday, June 7th, 2020
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Robert “Bob” E. Boykin, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 82 years of age. He was born in Sweetwater, Texas to Vernon K. and Myrtle Jewel (Whisenant) Boykin on Thursday, September 16, 1937. Bob graduated from Texas A&M, where he was a member of the Corp of Cadets and Texas Aggie Band. He was also a member of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M and a Century Club member. He was a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors as well as the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Bob began his work career as an aeronautical engineer at NASA in Houston, then General Dynamics in Fort Worth. After his work ended there, he then began work as a Corporate Pilot for Freese and Nichols Consulting Engineers in Fort Worth. He spent the last 26 years of his career as a Transportation Engineer for TxDOT in Mesquite, Texas. He was also a longtime member of Christ Church in Irving. Bob was a generous, gentle soul, with a great mind and will be deeply missed by all. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Glenn Boykin. Left to cherish his memory are ex-wife Gayle Boykin of North Richland Hills, TX; daughter Debra Benge and husband Allen of Poynor, TX; son Bryan Boykin of Bedford, TX; granddaughter Stephanie Pearson and husband Kyle of Henderson, TN; great granddaughter Magnolia Pearson of Henderson, TN; sister in law Patricia Boykin of Hillsboro, TX as well as numerous extended family and friends. A public graveside service will be held 3:00pm on Monday, June 15, 2020 @ Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery, 5747 Bluebonnet Dr. in Colleyville. For those unable to attend, a link to view a video of the service will be available Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to Christ’s Haven Home for Children by clicking either of the links below.

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  • Service

    Monday, June 15th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, June 15th, 2020 3:00pm
    Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery
    5747 Bluebonnet Dr.
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  • Interment

    Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery
    5747 Bluebonnet Dr.
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    Social distancing will be requested, but anyone is welcome to attend this service to honor and celebrate Bob's life.



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David Seago

Posted at 07:19pm
I worked along side Bob at TxDOT for the 14 years I worked here in Dallas. He was a good Christian man. He was very dependable, methodical, honest and gave it his all. I ate lunch with him almost everyday. A lot at Cracker Barrel. His dry sense of humor would crack me up. He didn't talk much but if you asked him the right questions he could tell some awesome stories of his life and career. He was very humble about all he had been involved with. Definitely a proud Aggie and when we would go to Short Course there he would tell me how much campus had changed. He worked at NASA on the first generation of little rockets that steered space craft in space. Said they sounded like a shotgun blast. He looked at me so serious and said, "Doesn't take much to steer in space". His stories about working in constructing, testing and working in the missile silos around Abilene are fascinating. I have been in them and they are remarkable. He would tell you about some "Close Calls" in such a matter of fact way. I know he missed flying planes a lot and loved working at TxDOT. He loved his family dearly and it would way heavy on him sometimes because he wanted to do for them everything he could. I know he did. I will miss my brother in Christ.

Julie Grier

Posted at 02:29am
I’ll never forget going with Debra and Bob to Austin. It was the first time I’d ever flown and Bob was an amazing pilot. He took us out to eat and to several places. We were treated like queens! My mom was scared for me to fly and I remember when Bob and Debra picked me up to go get on the plane Bob said, “Jozelle it will be fine. If for any reason I have to, I can land that plane without wheels”. You should have seen my moms expression. We all laughed and had an amazing day!

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