2017-11-09 / Obituaries

Wilda Myrtle Smith Boatwright

Funeral services for Wilda Myrtle Smith Boatwright, 99, of Rayle were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Sardis Baptist Church with Rev. James Bowen officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. She died Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Piedmont Hospital in Athens, Georgia.

Mrs. Boatwright was born in Palmetto, Georgia, and was the daughter of Greene and Fanny Yeargin Smith. She was the widow of Joseph Alexander Boatwright and they were married for 48 years.

Mrs. Boatwright was a homemaker and had lived in Rayle for most of her life. She was a member of Sardis Baptist Church and had traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, and Canada, but she often would say that out of everywhere she had visited, Rayle was her favorite place to be.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Caroline Boatwright, one grandson, Joseph Alexander

Boatwright III, and 16 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her son, Joseph Alexander Boatwright Jr. of Rayle; five grandchildren, Mildred Amy Boatwright of Augusta, Donna Kay Guillen of Rayle, Kimberly Avery (Rodney) of Oglethorpe, Keri Kimbrell (Wayne) of Rayle, Donald “Bo” Hicks of Rayle; four great-grandchildren, Casey Jones of Rayle, Wendy Corrales-Castellanos of Rayle, Alex Avery of Oglethorpe County, and Ashley Avery of Oglethorpe County; and 11 greatgreat grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wayne Kimbrell, Curtis Farmer, Kashten Hicks, Tomarcus Jones Jr., Daryl Shedd, and Jovan Jenkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sardis Baptist Church, 431 Sardis Church Rd; Rayle, Georgia 30660.

Hopkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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