Charles "Blackie" Boatner



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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