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Goldie Ann Stargell

Born: Mon., Oct. 30, 1911
Died: Wed., Aug. 3, 2011

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Goldie Ann Boggs Stargell, 99, of Green Creek Road in Schuyler, died on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Hospice House in Charlottesville.
She was born on October 30, 1911 in Buckingham County, a daughter of the late Walter Francis and Melissa Ann (Frame) Boggs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Herman Tinsley Stargell; four brothers, Roland Boggs, L. Thomas Boggs, Cary "Ted" Boggs and Woodrow Boggs; two sisters, Lady Walton and Clara Leap; a nephew, David Boggs; and two nieces, Charlotte Ozmar and Rebecca Combs.
After graduating from Scottsville High School she received her teaching certificate from Longwood College in 1931. On her first teaching assignment, she rode her horse "Twinkle". She bought and then lived for over 70 years in the school house she first taught at in 1931. She enjoyed working and being friends with her co-educators. "Miss Goldie" enjoyed and loved her students and they loved her. She retired after 41 years of teaching in the Albemarle County School system. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Arvonia.
She enjoyed farming and gardening and her animals, and was especially attached to her chickens and guineas. Cooking and canning on her wood cook stove were her specialty. She liked to read and played cards for relaxation. She loved and was loved by her relatives, friends, neighbors, students, and acquaintances.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews, L. Thomas Boggs, Jr., Patricia Marks, Sandy Carpenter, Roland Leap, Donald Boggs, Linda Leap, Peggy Moseley, Diane Blackburn and Elizabeth Stargell; and a host of great nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Thacker Brothers Funeral Home in Scottsville by the Reverend Peter Way. Burial will follow at Scottsville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hospice House, 501 Park St., Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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   Posted Fri August 05, 2011
Memories of Goldie Boggs Stargell: Goldie stood precariously on a branch of the cherry tree, picking cherries with both hands, and dropping them in the blue & white lard bucket hung on a broken limb. It was 1939, and I was nine years old, and I had never seen anyone pick cherries so fast. I asked her why she picked with both hands and she said, "God gave us two hands and expects us to use them both!" Goldie Stargell used both hands in anything she did throughout her 99 years of life. When I visited Rebecca or Faith Stargell in the 40's, part of the visits were to "go by Goldie's" for iced tea or lemonade, which was a real treat because Goldie knew how to talk to a very shy young girl. Later, in the '50's, Goldie and my mother, Sarah Jones, taught school together in Esmont--Goldie teaching the upper grades, and Sarah the lower grades. Mother said she would tell the children, "Mrs. Stargell expects you to know this", and they learned it, knowing there would be no excuses allowed in Goldie's class. Although we are on Appleberry Mountain only in the summers, our friendship with Goldie and her Stargell family has been a happy part of our Appleberry lives. We shall miss Goldie, but we are sure God greeted her with both hands outstretched. (May Katharine Jones Calhoun)

   Posted Sun August 07, 2011
Goldie was a consummate teacher. I never met her without learning something. One of our last conversations occurred a few weeks ago when, finding a line of people waiting to see her, I went to pay her chickens a visit. When I returned, we talked about chickens as we often did, and she gave me some health tips related to the care of the older chicken. She said, "You know, sometimes they'll get dirty bottoms. When that happens, what you want to do is, you want to give them a little turpentine." I have no doubt of the efficacy of that method. (The thought crossed my mind that it would probably work a miracle in my chicken yard. One dose, and my birds would be insisting, "We're fine! Fine!!") With her natural intellectual and practical curiosity, Goldie, I expect, knew how to do just about anything. ln the end, she even knew how to die. I hope never to forget her lessons.

Earl Hall
   Posted Sun February 10, 2013
I met Goldie in July 2005 while visiting relatives in VA. She was so gracious to me and answered many questions about my family history and about her life. She was patient, kind and generous with her time that Sunday afternoon even posing for some delightful portraits. I felt peace sitting on her porch and chatting with her. I will always remember her.

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