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Private First Class James Presley Boyd, Jr.

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, October 31, 1973

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Reflections for Private First Class James Presley Boyd, Jr.

Went to the cemetery today and put a fall arrangement in your vase, and one on Michael’s. Not sure why, but as I inserted the colored foliage, I wondered as you lay dying on the side of the road, was your last earthly sight of the seasons changing? This website now has the location of the shooting on a map. I can see you there, just like I did on the news. Bob Inman did the local story on WBTV. A long time ago, but at times feels like yesterday. You are missed, my brother. Always will be. ❤️

Brenda Turbyfill
Sister

October 31, 2020

Of The Troops-For The Troops

Fellow Military Police Officer
21st MP Co, 1972-1975

October 31, 2020

Dear Brother, 
October 31, 1973 the day that GOD ALMIGHTY called on your spiritual soul to depart from this troubled earth and come to live in eternity in His kingdom. I was privileged to be there with you when the event took place. Partner, I was the last friend you saw on this earth and you were the first friend that I witnessed his death. I understand that you are at peace with Jesus and other saints yet your last look and breath you took still haunts me 47 years later and it will till the day I die. Jimmy, I miss you, every year gets a little worse for me. I continuously reminisce about the thoughts and dreams we exchange about our individual future as civilian police officers after our tour in the military. Those  thoughts and dreams all too quickly ended,
Brother, continue to Rest in Peace. I miss you my spiritual Brother and friend!!!

Sgt. R.A.Romero, (Vet)
U.S. ARMY, 21st MP Co, 503rd MP Bn., FT. BRAGG, NC.

October 30, 2020

Remembering and missing you, dear brother. It was one week before your death that you called me, while you were waiting on the tarmac, expecting to be sent out of the country to protect other fighting soldiers. While we worried about your safety, who would have thought you would be gunned down in your own state? Despite the years, I can still see your young face, hear your young voice. That memory will never die. You, Tony and so many other brave officers are now in the glorious kingdom, free from worry and pain and grief. Loving you forever, Brenda

Your sister, Brenda
sister

November 1, 2019

Today I visited the grave where we left your body so many years ago. I know you are not there, but I know what I slipped in your pocket is, and as your soul/spirit moves, you know it is there, too. And you know what it means. Every time we lose another officer, I imagine you are there welcoming him or her to the heavenly guardian angel squad, as is your brother, Tony. And maybe you even let your younger brother, Mike, be there as well. He grieved for you so till he left us and joined you. You are always missed my brave brother. Always.

Brenda Turbyfill,
sister

October 31, 2019

Jimmy, On the eve of the day of your ultimate sacrifice, I sit in my living room remembering you and your service. We didn’t know each other and I was not even born when you battled evil on Fort Brag. You served with my Dad Tony. He spoke of you often and the others that served together. I’ve myself have seen the evil this world has as an officer. But it makes me feel better knowing there are heroes like you in the ranks of Law Enforcement. Tonight I shared you with my family. I told them what little I know about you. We don’t celebrate Halloween. We celebrate you and the others that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I’ve spoken with your sister over email a few times and hope to meet her soon. I’d love to meet Ralph as well. I believe we all live in the same area. God Speed until we meet and rest easy.

Retired Officer Craig Branch
Cramerton Police Department NC

October 30, 2019

Jimmy, here I am your partner leaving you a note of remembrance of the last tragic moments we spent together on what has become the saddest day of my life. Jimmy as long as I'm alive you will continue to live in my heart. It was a privilege to have serve with you. Continue your rest with the Lord, my Brother!!!

Ralph Romero, Sgt. (Vet.)
U.S. ARMY, 21st MP Co, 503rd MP Bn., FT. BRAGG, NC.

October 30, 2019

To whomever visited my brother’s gravesite and left the dime to let us know you were there, thank you. Knowing he is remembered after all these years means so much to us.

Brenda Turbyfill
Sister

May 26, 2019

Rest in peace Private First Class Boyd. Young, heroic and honorable!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 20, 2019

RIP in Heaven, and know that you will never ever be forgotten. I thank you for your service.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

December 14, 2018

I went to the cemetery yesterday to make sure you and Mike had fall flowers as the season changes. The 45th year of you leaving felt like yesterday, yet 44 Halloween's have passed by since you were so cruelly taken from us. Keith was only a few months old, and Ashley would come later. The older I get, the more vivid the memories of your time on earth. I so regret that your niece and nephew never personally knew you, though they know most everything about you, as does Mike's son, Josh. You would be proud of them and your two great-nephews and three great-nieces. As demands are less for me these days, I think about you more and more. I know you would have continued to serve and protect, had you been allowed to live. I pray you are with Tony and all the other brave men and women who fell before and after you. I pray that you have a life in heaven that is everything promised and everything you could have wanted here. Your name, your love, your spirit live on. Love you, brother.

Brenda
sister

October 31, 2018

Jimmy, 10/31/1973, will haunt me till my last day on this earth Brother. 45 years ago we faced and defeated an evil thug, he might have fatally wounded you but he died with one of your rounds in him and for good measure two of mine. I love you Brother. Rest in Peace, miss you my Brother!!!

Sgt. Ralph A. Romero, Sr.
21st MP Co., 503rd MP Bn. Ft. Bragg, NC

October 30, 2018

Jimmy, I never had the opportunity to meet you but you served with my dad Tony. From the time we were very young he always spoke of you and instilled your values in us. I think of you and your sacrifice often. My father has passed and I'm sure the two of you are living it up in Heaven. I hope someday to meet your sister and Ralph. I think we all live in the same area. Please know you are not forgotten and will live in my family's heart forever.

RIP Brother

Craig Branch

Police Officer Retired
Cramerton Police Dept N.C.

May 16, 2018

As time goes by and the hectic pace of raising a family decreases, thoughts of you come more often. Halloween always brings vivid memories of my day and yours so long ago. I wonder what your life would have been like, would I have nieces and nephews, would we grow old hanging out together. I suspect you would have retired from law enforcement by now, and maybe you would be hunting and fishing and even chasing some grandkids around. Your time on earth was way too short. I hope you and Tony and the many other law officers who have died while or after protecting the rest of us are all together. Our angels still watching over us. Miss you brother.

Brenda Boyd Turbyfill
sister

October 31, 2017

Jimmy, year (44) and I'm still reliving the last few minutes together as we responded to that 10-29 in progress as if was happening right now. I walk around with an internal video that never shuts off. Partner I miss you, I'm just waiting for the call from the Lord so you, Tony and I can together again. THANK YOU FOR SACRIFE, REST IN PEACE, PARTNER !!!

Ralph A. Romero, SGT. VET.
21st MP Co., 503rd MP Bn. Ft. Bragg, NC

October 30, 2017

Jimmy, (43) years later the pain and sadness in my heart hurts as if it was yesterday. I miss you Brother. As long as I have a breath of air in my lungs you will live in my heart. Thank you for your SACRIFICE. Rest in peace, PARTNER !!!

Ralph A. Romero, SGT. VET.
21st MP Co., 503rd MP Bn. Ft. Bragg, NC

October 31, 2016

Thinking of you on Memorial Day, brother, and most other days as well. Love you always. Sis.

Brenda
sister

June 1, 2016

Thank you, James Mathis, for your very kind words. I cannot imagine what you must have encountered upon your arrival. While Jimmy always has been in my heart, the activities of life often take precedence and we continue on. I always remember that Halloween in 1973, what I was doing about the time of his death, and what I was doing when I got that phone call that evening, and I suspect many others remember that day as well. Sadly, I lost touch over the years with many of his closest military friends, and I just learned a few weeks ago of his room-mates death (Tony Branch.). Tony and Jimmy are hanging out again, in a better place. Thank you so very much for your note. It just touches me so that he is not forgotten. God Bless and keep you. Brenda Turbyfill, Charlotte, N.C.

Brenda Turbyfill
sister

November 27, 2015

Ms Turbyfill, My name Is James Mathis, I was assigned to the 503 rd MP Battalion,108th MP Co. My patrol unit was the second to arrive on scene after the altercation between your brothers unit and the robbers.I have dealt with that scene almost every day for the past 42 years. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss,I must say that being able to send you this note gives me a feeling of closure. May you and yours have a blessed Holiday Season. James Mathis

Spec 4 James F. Mathis
108th MP Co. Ft. Bragg N.C.

November 18, 2015

I continue to be thankful for all of you who continue to post these heart-felt tributes to my late brother, James P. Boyd Jr., or "Jimmy" as we called him. I was so sad to learn of Tony Branch's death almost a year ago. Yesterday, for the first time since 1973, I unpacked a single piece of luggage that Tony brought to me shortly after Jimmy's death. In it was his hair brush, a bar of soap in a red plastic case, his razor, and many other personal items. It made the 42 years seem just like yesterday. I would be honored to hear from you, and to attend the tributes several of you have mentioned here, including the "Top Cop" competition. Ralph, I tried finding you on Facebook. Please let me know how to find you. I am still in Charlotte, last name Turbyfill. God bless you all. Brenda Miller Turbyfill, Jimmy's sister.

Brenda Miller Turbyfill, sister
sister of James P. Boyd Jr.

November 1, 2015

Jimmy 42 years this date (10/31/1973 on or about 4:30 pm) for me it seems like yesterday. The anger, sadness, anxiety and depression of seeing you make your ultimate sacrifice on this earth lives in my heart each second of my life. I miss you and I know someday will see each other again. Continue your rest my Brother!!!

SGT. R. A. Romero (VET)
21st MP Co, 503rd MP Bn. Ft, Bragg, NC

October 30, 2015

Having seen the WRAL news today about the ceremony at Bragg, I am reminded of that awful day we lost a good MP. I was a member of Boyd's unit, in fact I stood beside him during inspection that afternoon. I think me & my partner were 2nd or 3rd on scene that afternoon. I was very honored to have stood honor guard at his funeral. Boyd was one of the good ones who would have given you his last dollar. It hurts me very deeply to hear of any fallen officer these days, because of being part of that brotherhood in 1972-73-74 at Bragg. My prayers are with those left behind of the fallen, and my utmost respect for the badge will always be at the forefront of my daily life here in N Carolina. May you continue to rest in peace officer Boyd,

Jerry Boucher 21st MP Co Bragg 72-75

May 29, 2015

Ms. Brenda Boyd Turbyfill -

We that were friends and partners with Jimmy will never forget him, his friendliness, and his dedication as a soldier, a 95B, and a genuine good man. My brief friendship with Jimmy taught me that his virtues such as kindness, laughter, and a positive attitude I would carry close to my heart for the rest of my life. Mr. Tony Branch, a fellow Military Police Officer and a career police officer has recently joined Jimmy up above. I'm sure they are sharing some fun times and laughs together.

John W. Morrison
Fellow Military Policeman 21st MP Co, 1972-1975

May 26, 2015

Today is Memorial Day, 2015. James P. Boyd, Jr,, or Jimmy, as we called him, is my brother. The tributes on the news and on other social media such as Facebook help us remember the bravery and the ultimate sacrifice given by so many, with Jimmy being one of those. I had no idea this site existed, and I am touched by the notes of friends of my brother, and so many others who never had the opportunity to know him personally. I think of you, Tony Branch, Ralph Romero and Don Rock, as you were Jimmy's family and that makes you my family. You, too, served your country with pride during your military service and after. God Bless each of you, and watch over those who continue to protect and serve.

Brenda Boyd Turbyfill
Sister of James P. Boyd, Jr.

May 25, 2015

Partner, 41 years ago October 31, 1973 on or about 4:30 p.m., you and me had an appointment with fate. While thousands of peoples were getting ready to celebrate a pagan holiday, you and I were answering an emergency call to confront two thugs who had just robbed a convenience store in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Jimmy, we did everything according to police standard operating procedure yet as life teach us, things don’t always end the way we expect them. Jimmy, to this date I carry the burden in my heart that I wasn’t able to do something to prevent you from having to make the ultimate sacrifice for me, for the U.S. Army and for this nation. Jimmy, I can assure you that I will carry the memories of those last few minutes to my grave. REST IN PEACE.

SGT. Ralph A. Romero, (Vet.)
21st MP Co., 503rd MP Bn., Ft Bragg, NC.

October 30, 2014

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