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Russell Nell Boatwright, Jr.

Born: Wed., Jun. 15, 1932
Died: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017


Visitation

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 19, 2017
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home


Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Feb. 19, 2017
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home


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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.

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Jessica (Parker) Carroll
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017
Bonnie and Hollis, and family
Thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time.
Jessica, and Aubra

C. W. & Mary Payne
   Posted Sat February 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about Buddy, he was such a nice person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bev & Carolyn Butler
   Posted Sat February 18, 2017
Clara and family, Carolyn and I extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to each of you. We are happy to be able to call the Boatwright family our friends for over 40 years, since we first moved back to Scottsville in the early 70's. We built our first houses about the same time and Bev served with Russell on the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad in the late 60's early 70's. Bev has expressed and has heard Russell, as well as each of the other fairly large contingency of Scottsville area volunteers on the squad, comment many times that serving on the rescue squad was one of the most rewarding and comforting feeling a person could ever enjoy. Just to know God granted you the opportunity to be available with the expertise to render care at a most vulnerable time, or perhaps life threatening time, in a person's life is further comforting by Jesus telling us "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" John 15:13. Also, Bev and Russell often commented we were so blessed to have the full and complete support of our wives and children; a true blessing of complete support when required to spend so much time away from them. Russell is to be commended for living a life of total support of his God, family, friends and Country. Go rest high on that mountain, Russell, knowing all your family, friends and Country loved you so much. Bev & Carolyn

ROSE JORDAN from scottsville iga
   Posted Sat February 18, 2017
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO EACH OF THE BOATRIGHT FAMILY THAT IT WAS A PLEASURE KNOWING EACH OF YOU AND ESPECIALLY WORKING WITH BOATRIGHT AT THE IGA HE WAS ALWAYS JOLLY AND HAD KIND WORDS I WILL NEVER FORGET THE WAY HE LOOKED AFTER HIS MOTHER MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY TOSE JORDAN 434 9603381

John W. Brent
   Posted Sun February 19, 2017
It was an honor for me to have served in the Army Reserve with Sgt. Boatwright. Everyone respected "Boat". I offer my condolences to his family.

SSGT. John W. Brent, U. S. Army Reserve(1965-1971).

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