Russell N. Boatwright Jr.
Russell Nell "Buddy" Boatwright Jr., 84, of Scottsville, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.
He was born on June 15, 1932 in Esmont, a son of the late Russell Nell Boatwright, Sr. and Ruth (Adcock) Boatwright.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Ellis and Faye Harper; and a brother, Guy Boatwright.
After many assignments over the course of 35 years, he retired as Controller and Financial Adviser at Uniroyal in Scottsville. He served his country in the United States Army and Army Reserve for 25 years, retiring as First Sergeant. During his tenure in the Army, he served in Korea and received the National and Korean Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Prestigious Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, an honor of which he was extremely proud.
Buddy continued to work after his retirement and serve his community as service manager at Baker Chevrolet and the Scottsville IGA. He also volunteered at Cunningham Elementary School where his grandchildren attended.
Buddy was a member of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Rescue Squad for six years prior to the formation of the Scottsville Rescue Squad. He had a talent as a fine wood craftsman and was known to have said many times "if you can draw it, I can make it." He had a great love for people in need and many times was found visiting the sick in the hospital or at home. He said many times "I don't go to many funerals, but I go to visit those who are sick or in need."
Buddy and Clara were members of James River Baptist Church where they enjoyed wonderful fellowship each Sunday with Reverend and Mrs. Jetton and all the members of the church.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Clara Elizabeth (Gentry) Boatwright of Scottsville; three daughters, Charlotte Boatwright Kyler and husband, Bill of Ruckersville, Bonnie Boatwright Lumpkin and husband, Hollis, and Mitzs Boatwright Powell and husband, Keith all of Scottsville; three grandchildren, Michael Lumpkin and wife, Candace of Kennesaw, Georgia, Haley Powell Backlund and husband, Joe of Fredericksburg and Kasey Powell of Scottsville; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Alaina Lumpkin; a sister, Rosemary Dunn of Goose Creek, South Carolina; and a number of special nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home by the Reverend James C. Jetton. Interment will follow at the Scottsville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm until service time at the funeral home on Sunday.
Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.