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Ronald L. Boggs

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Ronald L. Boggs, Husband, Father, Pap Pap, grand story teller and sports enthusiast, died on Saturday, November 17th, he was 70.

Ron was born in Beaver Falls, PA to Willis and Viva Boggs and was the protective older brother to Jeanne (Ballard).  Ron spent his early years playing football, basketball and baseball in his beloved Western, PA town until a career-ending slide into second base at 21.  Ron passed along his love of sports to anyone he came in contact with, including the many young athletes who trained at his East Cobb baseball facility, Grand Slam USA in the 1990s, the members of his local Pittsburgh Steelers club, his loving friends with whom he shared legendary tales, but mostly with his family whom he adored and bragged about frequently.  

Ron married Lolly (Roth), his loving, caring wife of 47 years, in Pittsburgh, PA, before his career in sales moved the young family to Atlanta, GA in the late 70’s, to Louisville, KY and Greensboro, NC in the 80’s and back to metro Atlanta in the 90’s, where he lived until his death.   Everywhere Ron went he developed amazing friendships, many of which were formed on a field or court and involved him coaching and cheering on his children Stacey (Jim) McCallum and Ronnie (April) Boggs.      

When Stacey and Ronnie finished their own college athletic careers, Ron stayed active by volunteering and mentoring challenged youth throughout metro Atlanta and in 2013 won the Director’s Award for Volunteer of the Year from the Opportunity Knocks Organization.

Ron’s greatest passion in his final years was his grandchildren, Preston Hurter (23), Brant Hurter (20), Kason Boggs (13), Kara Lynn Boggs (12) and Bailyn Boggs (8).   You would always see, and likely hear, Ron as he supported them and kept their statistics for his entertaining post-game story telling.  They were his prides and joy.  

A memorial service will be held for Ron on Thursday, November 29th at 1 PM in the Chapel at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to The 6-4-3 Foundation (P.O. Box 643, Marietta, GA 30061), whose mission it is to enhance the lives of children and families through sports.  

17 Comments To "Ronald L. Boggs"

Gary and Gail Bartnick On Dec 04 2018 at 1pm
Lolly, Stacy and Ronnie, so sorry to hear about Ron. Bob Burns told me that your dad was in bad shape and that's when I called and left a voice message offering thoughts and prayers. It was a short time later that I found out he had passed. Gail and I want to send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Your dad was a good man and he, Bob and I had many laughs together over the years as well as great conversations regarding sports. I spoke to him a few months ago and he told me about what all of you were up to and he was very proud of you. Deepest sympathies. Reply to this comment
Cathy and Cris Sheets On Nov 30 2018 at 5pm
Dearest Lolly and family We just learned of Ron's passing. We are so shocked and saddened by this news. He certainly will be missed by many especially those of Freedom High School Class of 1966. We have stopped having reunions as the committee just got tired of doing all the work. We enjoyed the times that Ron and you attended the reunions. He always had a tale or two to give us some laughs. He had an enormous heart and a loving personality. I remember when my husband lost his job and Ron wanted us to move to Georgia and stay with you guys until we got on our feet. What an awesome offer, we couldn't accept. Our hearts are broken and we send our deepest sympathy. We will send a memorial donation to the 6-4-3 Foundation. Give me a call.724 495 6318. Prayers and love. Reply to this comment
Francene Barnette On Nov 29 2018 at 12pm
“MOVE THOSE CHAINS!” In that thunderous voice whenever the Steelers complete a 1st down. I will never forget that was Mr. Ron Boggs. Reply to this comment
Echo On Nov 29 2018 at 11am
Dear Mr. Boggs, It is with deepest sympathies to your family. You were always so kind with a good spirit. I will pray for your family during this time. Reply to this comment
James Yohe On Nov 28 2018 at 9pm
My memories of Ron began with Little League tryouts. He was always a supportive friend & excellent player in football, basketball and baseball. My deep sympathies to Lolly and family. Reply to this comment
Danny Pralgo On Nov 28 2018 at 9pm
I remember bringing my young teams to practice & train at Grand Slam USA in the 90s, I remember Jimmy Gaul always saying "I love training with Ron Boggs, he knows so much baseball and he always does it with a smile", I loved watching you at the fields watching your Grandson Brant play and pulling for all of his Friends and Teammates. I miss your hand shakes, high fives, and hugs. We Love you Ron! Danny Pralgo and the 643 Family Reply to this comment
Paul Terlemezian On Nov 27 2018 at 5pm
Ron - the memories will last forever - I learned so much from you over nearly 4 decades of friendship - you will be missed and never forgotten. Your laugh, your smile, your handshake, your hug, your stories and your empathy for humanity are remarkable - and most of all your love of your family is a treasure for all to enjoy. God's team just drafted an all-star. Reply to this comment
Lynda and Skip Johnson On Nov 26 2018 at 5pm
We were so saddened to learn of Ron's passing. Lolly, know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Stacy, Ronnie and the rest of your family as you celebrate Ron's life and mourn his loss. He was a very special man. We're just sorry that so much time passed without getting together with the two of you. Love and prayers, Lynda, Skip, Trey and Tim Johnson Reply to this comment
Janet Miles On Nov 23 2018 at 6pm
So sorry to hear about your father. Prayers for you and your family from BHBC children’s ministry Reply to this comment
Allen Family On Nov 22 2018 at 5pm
In our thoughts and prayers Reply to this comment
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