William C. Boggs, Jr. passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer. William was born in Columbia, South Carolina on December 17th, 1963 and was the third child of William Boggs Sr. and Ann Steele. He spent his childhood years in Columbia, where he graduated from AC Flora High School. After spending some time at the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, he enlisted in the Military as an Active Reserve Marine. He spent 19 years in the Marine Corps and was stationed across the country in places such as Parris Island., Chicago, and Marietta, GA. William served in several capacities including gun range instructor, tank commander, helicopter flight operations observer, and many others. He rose to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and earned both the Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Achievement Medal, as well as awards for Good Conduct and Longevity, making lifelong friends along the way. The discipline and patriotism William learned in the Marines never left him as all who knew him would attest. Following his time in the service, he gained certification in computer engineering and began working for Siemens. During his time with Siemens, his team patented two revolutionary medical inventions, the Single Sign-on service and Vein Palm Reader. William traveled around the country to hospitals integrating his operating systems and providing technical support. Following his time at Siemens, he worked for Imprivata until his passing, where he continued to hone his skills and provide support to hospitals across the U.S.
William’s greatest joy in life was being with his beloved son, Max. You could always find him on the sidelines of his son’s football games or in the front row of the theater for his son’s plays, giving his unending support for whatever Max chose to do. In his leisure time, he was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and hitting the range with Max and a wide circle of friends. Being a friend of William was a special bond. Friends, family and neighbors alike knew that if you needed help building a deck, installing a water heater, or repairing a leaky sink, William was the one to call. He gave freely of his time -always helping others.
William is preceded in death by his mom Ann Steele Hendrick, and his grandmother Ethel Steele. He is survived by his son, Maxwell Kampel, father and step-mother, Dr. William C. Boggs Sr. and Dr. Sallie H. Boggs, and sisters, Mary Anne Boggs Betenbaugh, Allison Parks Boggs, Dr. Elizabeth Wingard Boggs, and Creighton-Elizabeth Radcliffe Boggs.
For those wishing to pay their respects, there will be two services. The first service will be Friday, March 19th at 3:00 pm at Georgia Funeral Care with an open viewing before from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The second service will be a graveside service with Military honors on Friday, March 26th at 2:00 pm at the National Cemetery in Florence, SC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, an organization that William devoted many hours to during and after his military career.