The Coast lost one of its best loved, and best known citizens Friday. Attorney Boyce Holleman passed away at the age of 79. In that time, there wasn't much he didn't do.
He was a World War II aviator who was the only survivor in a plane crash over Saipea. He was also a former legislator, a district attorney, award winning actor, and had a private legal practice for more than half a century.
He was one of those rare people who just had a presence about him. If you ever met Boyce, you know what I mean.
Holleman's accomplishments are endless. He was one of the few people to receive the State Bar Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the mid 90's, a monument was unveiled renaming a portion of Gulfport's 23rd street "Boyce Holleman Boulevard." A portrait of Holleman hangs in the Stone County Courthouse, the same county where he grew up. At the ripe old age of 27, he began his career as a prosecutor in South Mississippi.
In some circles, Holleman's work in the theater and movies became as well known as his work in the courtroom. He performed as recently as last year in a Mississippi Public Television production of Eudora Welty's "The Ponder Heart."
Boyce Holleman, the proud father of six children, was also a mentor to many a young attorney through the years.
Boyce was an original. He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment. As he told us eight years ago, he was first and foremost a man who loved the law, and always wanted to be remembered as a lawyer.
Funeral arrangements are now complete for Boyce Holleman. Visitation will be Monday, the 24th, from 5 to 8pm at Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport. Services are Tuesday at Gulfport's First Baptist Church, with burial following at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.