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Paul Collett Boggess, Jr.

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Paul Boggess was born in Charleston, WV on April 12, 1941 to his parents Collett & Ruth Boggess.  He is survived by his wife Judith Ann Boggess, his children Chris, Anne and Beth, their spouses Heather, Mike, and John, and his precious grandchildren, Casey, Allison, Mary-Michal, Elliot, Sophie, Annie, and Benjamin.  He was a loving brother to Linda (deceased) and is survived by his partner in crime and little brother, Ronnie.  He wore many hats and did many things professionally but was most proud of his more than 30 years spent as an educator, because he saw the best in every child and believed they should each have an opportunity to learn and have their curiosity nurtured. These words posted on his hospital room wall capture how he thought of himself and how he would like to be remembered:

You may see me as a sometimes ornery, 79-year-old man, but I am so much more than how you know me now. I am a kind, faith-filled, proud man who loves his people big, a protector, a jokester, and an anchor point for those who love me. I am a 21-year-old, fresh from the army, young man who met his wife on a blind date and knew from the instant I saw her that I would marry her. Two months later we eloped on Ground Hog’s Day. That was more than 57 years ago.  I have loved her every one of those days. I am a father of three grown children who I have adored, encouraged and supported. I have shown them how to cherish a spouse and a family. They are now raising my 7 grandchildren who range from age 26 to almost 14 and they each love me so. They call me Big Paul or Biggie and each one of them checks in on me every day. I am a former elementary principal, marathon runner, church volunteer, city councilman, business owner, children’s home house parent and huge extrovert. I am a loving husband, an encouraging father, a fun grandfather, a humorous brother and was a devoted son. And I have a family who is anxiously waiting on me to get home. I know they are praying for me, but they are praying for you too and are so very grateful for the way you are caring for me. His family prayed that he would come home to them, but instead he is now waiting at Home for them. 

The family will be hosting a memorial service in honor of Big Paul at NorthStar Church in Acworth.  Seats must be reserved due to CDC & State Guidelines.  Here is the link to reserve a seat:

If you are unable to attend but would like to watch, the service will be live-streamed at 1pm (EST) on Tuesday via:

In lieu of flowers, and because of Paul’s love and concern for at-risk children, we ask that donations be made to the MUST summer lunch program or mail a check to: MUST Ministries - 1407 Cobb Parkway NW Marietta, GA, 30062. In the for area write in:  MUST Summer Lunch – Paul Boggess.

9 Comments To "Paul Collett Boggess, Jr."

Mike and Edie Halstead On Oct 20 2020 at 9am
We are deeply saddened to hear of Paul’s passing, and vividly recall the fun times our families shared during his West Virginia days. His enthusiasm for life, love of family, and cheerful and positive attitude remain special to us. Our condolences go out to Judy, Chris, Anne, and Beth and their families, all of whom came first in his life. Reply to this comment
Melissa Halstead Baugher On Oct 19 2020 at 6pm
I was so sorry to learn today of Paul’s passing. My memories of summer trips from Michigan to St. Albans to visit Boggesses and Halsteads remain special and vivid - especially my first white-water rafting trip. Paul truly loved kids, and I was one who thought he was terrific. My condolences to the whole extended Boggess family. Reply to this comment
Mike and Susie Haynes On Oct 13 2020 at 3pm
Our deepest sympathy. The memory we will always remember coming to your home, so much hospitality and a wonderful meal of frogmore stew. We all still make this on occasions and we always think of you guys. Prayers and comfort from, West Virginia Reply to this comment
Bill Cruickshank On Oct 13 2020 at 3pm
It is with sadness that we learned of Paul’s passing. Although it has been many years since I have seen him, I have fond memories of our high school years together. All of his friends and classmates from SHS 1959 send condolences to the family. Reply to this comment
The Little Family On Oct 12 2020 at 9am
The world is a better place because of our kind, generous, and wise neighbor. We are a better family and community for having known and loved Paul. Godspeed and on angels wings. Reply to this comment
Connie Welling On Oct 12 2020 at 9am
Over the years since Paul retired and left WV I had hoped I would run into him. Upon my graduation I went to a recruiting fair at Glenville State College and I remember this guy who kept rushing through the people he was interviewing be a use he wanted to interview me because he recognized my last name of Welling. I had no idea he knew any Welling's let alone my sister-in-law Maxine. He was such a wonderful man he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. A wonderful, caring, successful man! Reply to this comment
Camellia & Bill On Oct 12 2020 at 9am
We dearly loved Paul & will never forget the time together at NorthStar & especially our Small Group Meetings & Fellowships, it definitely will not be the same. He & Judy completed our group, we were blessed to have him with us for as long as we did. We will see him again, and that’s our comfort, knowing he’s with our Savior. Praying for his precious family !! Reply to this comment
Thomas Taylor On Oct 10 2020 at 7pm
How great a loss for this world we endure. I knew Paul from the time I attended high school with his son Chris. I remember with fondness those days when we would hang out at the Boggess home in St. Albans, W.Va. It was always a place of comfort and humor. Paul’s family is a testament to his big heart, a legacy that continues to grow. It is so hard to lose someone loved so dearly, but what a blessing to be able to look forward to a great reunion in Heaven, where love abounds, flowing from the throne of God, and filling all it occupants, with nothing to stand in its way -- no pain, no distance, no fear, no sin, no ignorance, no weakness nor fatigue. Great is the Lord who Paul serves and enjoys, and worthy is He to be praised! Reply to this comment
Bob Ketchem On Oct 10 2020 at 7pm
Carolyn and myself offer our prayers and love to Judy and the family. We love you like crazy. I remember when me and Paul went to his home in WV. Both of us crazy we had a blast. Will never forget him. Reply to this comment
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