Belden – One of the giant timbers in the forest of life, Mr. Charles Lee ‘Blackie” Boatner, 89, transformed from this life to the life everlasting, in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his country residence in the Endville Community of Pontotoc Co.. Known far and wide as “Blackie”, he was born June 29, 1928 in Collinsville, MS to George Boatner and Ada Goforth Boatner. A devoted and patriotic American, Blackie proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. in World War II and for his valor and bravery, he won the World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal. Blackie worked as a Technician and later Supervisor employed by Bellsouth (AT&T), retiring after 30 years of service. He married Joanne Jones on March 2, 1956 in Tupelo, MS, and they shared many wonderful years together until her death, May 18, 2014. Blackie loved the farm he and his family shared in the Endville Community where he raised cattle and communed daily with God’s creation. He was a “regular” at the Endville Grocery, where he was a master storyteller and shared happy times with his many friends. Blackie and Joanne enjoyed traveling to Branson, MO and Nashville for music shows.
Blackie was an avid softball and little league baseball fan. He enjoyed coaching and umpiring for many years, as well as playing semi-pro baseball during his younger years. He enjoyed fishing at Pickwick and taking his family to the lake. His greatest joy was spending time with his family locally and in Meridian. He was a member of the Tupelo Marine Corp. League. Blackie gave his life to Jesus at Second Baptist
Church in Milltown over 60 years ago. He was a Men’s Sunday School Teacher and Choir Member at Belden Baptist Church many years before joining Harrisburg Baptist Church where he was active until his health failed. A highly admired father and grandfather, Blackie left a strong legacy of devotion to God, his country and his family, whom he revered. His likes will not pass this way again.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 PM Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his brother in law, Bro. Doug Jones and close family friend, Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will follow next to his beloved sweetheart, Joanne in Endville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 PM-7PM today (Wed.) and from Noon-service time on Thursday all at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving their friends.
The patriarch of the Boatner family leaves behind one son, Buck Boatner (Vivien) of Endville; three daughters, Judy Morse (Dennis) of Endville, Cynthia Stepp (Eddie) of Tupelo, and Marilyn Hicks (Larry) of Tupelo; two brother-in-laws, Rev. Doug Jones of Pontotoc and Fred Russell of Tupelo, sister-in-law, Lillian Boatner of Collinsville; his grandchildren, Alan Westphal (Katie), Joseph Westphal, Denny Morse (Erica), Lee Westphal (Paige), Jordan Morse, Luke Westphal, Allison Roberts (Joe-Dan), Brian Boatner (Emily) and Jesse Hicks Robertson (Josh); fourteen great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Brett, Jacob, Jude, Vada, Tyler, Wyatt, Branten, Augie, Zander, Lawson, Jackson, Joanna and
Grant; his in laws and beloved nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joanne Jones Boatner; brothers, Jim Boatner and Artis Boatner; sister, Yvonne McNeese, great grandson, Bradyn Coley, and granddaughter, Bethany Morse.
Memorials may be made to the Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 42, Tupelo, MS. 38802, or to the American Legion Baseball Program, 1875 Legion Lake Road, Tupelo, MS. 38804.
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Marilyn, Barbara and I wanted to express our sympathy and offer our prayers for you and your extended family following the deaths of both your dad and your niece. Of course, we remember your dad from encounters at Rosewood. The two of them sounded like grand persons. We also remember with great thanks the assistance you were when both of our moms died. I am convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and we hope that that bedrock truth will enfold all of you as you make your way through this time. Very sincerely, Skip and Barbara Robertson
Submitted by Skip and Barbara Robertson on Feb 8 2018 07:44:23 PM
blackie was a good friend we are prayer to the family
Submitted by dean and mary and karen coker family on Feb 8 2018 12:30:18 PM
Our sincerest condolences to the Boatner family.
Submitted by Larry and Julia Ezell on Feb 7 2018 05:42:13 PM
Blackie was indeed a great man who loved his family and his God. I know that you will all miss him and my prayers are with your family.
Wayne and Elaine Patterson
Submitted by Wayne Patterson on Feb 6 2018 06:03:09 PM
I have many fond memories of working with Blackie during the mid 70's in the Tupelo Construction group.His good humor and work ethic made hard days bearable. Our church basketball league was also enriched by his presence.
My heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days to come.
Submitted by Hal Moss on Feb 5 2018 12:19:33 PM
Blackie was someone who you needed to get know the real Blackie.
Buck , I’ll be praying for all of your family.
To know Blackie was to know one of a kind.
Submitted by Phillip McGhee on Feb 5 2018 10:34:24 AM
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