Friends and family gathered on Saturday to remember Patrick Boyd Jr., the Clover teen who died in a car accident last Friday morning in Belmont, N.C. after shopping all night.
Boyd was 19 years old.
Many of those attending the service at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church were dressed in camouflage to honor Boyd, who was known by most of his friends as “P.J.”
“I was proud to have known Patrick,” said Nic Adams, a longtime friend.
Before the service began, a slideshow of photos played, showing Boyd as a baby covered in birthday cake, as a little boy sitting on a tractor and most recently, as a young man smiling adoringly at his girlfriend.
Boyd’s two sisters and father spoke, remembering their brother and son.
“I taught him to be respectful, I taught him to be a friend, I taught him how to love,” said Patrick Boyd Sr., who called his son’s birthday in 1994 the happiest day of his life. “I think I did a good job.”
Other friends and family remembered Boyd as kind, caring, generous and protective. But most importantly, Boyd loved to make people laugh, said longtime family friend Jason Bray.
“I guarantee he’s made everyone in this room laugh at one time or another,” he said.
After a service that left most of those attending in tears, there was a glitch in the music and a CD playing “Amazing Grace” skipped repeatedly and everyone laughed and shook their heads, smiling – and one family member whispered, “Just like P.J. would have wanted.”
Boyd was killed when the car he was driving ran off the road, hitting a sign in Belmont after a night of post-Thanksgiving shopping at the Concord Mills mall. The other four passengers in the car survived.
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072