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Tragic loss: John Bartley Boykin Obituary, Death, the Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy Strategies at Gunster Strategies Worldwide has died.

Mar 15, 2024
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Washington, D.C. – The world mourns the loss of John Bartley Boykin, a visionary leader, and beloved friend, who passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the age of 32. As the Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy Strategies at Gunster Strategies Worldwide, John’s impact extended far beyond the realms of politics and advocacy, touching the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Affectionately known as JB, John’s journey was marked by a profound commitment to service, leadership, and advocacy. His educational pursuits at the University of Mississippi, where he earned Chancellor’s Honors and immersed himself in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, laid the groundwork for a lifetime of achievement and camaraderie.

In his professional endeavors, John navigated the complex landscape of politics and advocacy with unwavering dedication and fervor. From his early days working alongside Senator Thad Cochran to his tenure as Senior Advisor to Senator Ted Cruz, John’s expertise in federal governance, taxation, and business development made him a trusted advisor and respected voice in Washington, D.C.

Despite his bustling career in the nation’s capital, John’s heart remained firmly rooted in his Mississippi roots. He cherished moments with family, reveled in Ole Miss ballgames, and remained deeply committed to advocating for the state’s interests on the national stage.

John’s passing leaves a profound void in the lives of his loved ones, but his spirit of resilience, generosity, and love will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to have known him. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership, kindness, and unwavering dedication to the causes he held dear.

Survived by his mother, Leslie Gilmore Purvis; grandmother, Gail Griffin Gilmore; brother, Brett Chapman Boykin; nephews, Chapman, Hampton, and Bartley Boykin; uncle, Dr. David Gilmore; cousins, Marshall Gilmore, Mary Katherine DeBardelebon, and Laura Beth Gilmore; and countless extended family and friends, John will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A memorial service honoring John’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church – Meridian, with Dr. Mark Benson officiating. Prior to the service, friends and loved ones are invited to gather at the church from 10:00 -10:45 a.m. for a time of remembrance. The family will hold a private committal service at Magnolia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sigma Chi Memorial Scholarship in memory of John Bartley Boykin. Contributions can be sent to 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.

As we bid farewell to John Bartley Boykin, may we carry forward his legacy of compassion, leadership, and unwavering dedication to making the world a better place.

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