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Harry Clay Boggs

December 2, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Harry Clay Boggs, 84, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, at Roane General Hospital.

He was the only son of the late Ralph Clay and Rebecca Lavada Boggs.

He was a 1946 graduate of Spencer High School, a 1952 graduate of Lincoln Welding School in Cleveland, Ohio, and a 1993 graduate of the University of Hard Knocks of Alderson-Broadus University. He was the owner and CEO of Boggs Natural Gas. His passion was flying, and during his lifetime built two airports, the last being "Boggs Field" located on Spring Creek. He started his flying at age 16 under the instruction of Don Shafer and Leon Stump. He attained his Private, Twin-Engine, Commercial, Instrument and Helicopter licenses. He also built one of his planes from a kit. He was a member of the Roane County Flying Club, being president for 20 years, and the Civil Air Patrol. In 2001, he was named Roane County's "Citizen of the Year." He was a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbor and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty Jean Richards Boggs; five children, Theresa Ann Boggs Parker (Larry) of Walton, Richard Clay Boggs (Debra) of Spencer, Nancy Jean Boggs Hapney (Lonnie) of Greer, S.C., Jeffery Cabot Boggs (Ravenna) of Morgantown and Gregory Allen Boggs (Sati) of Spencer; special "son," Paul Ashby of Fairmont; 16 grandchildren, Carey Ann Parker Antill (Tim) of Fleming, Ohio, Jill Renee Parker Wild (Randy) of Bend, Ore., Timothy Preston Parker (Rita) of Parkersburg, Jeremy David Parker (Jillian) of Beckley, Leanna Michelle Parker of Alexandria, Va., Brianna Amelia Boggs Sieja (Andrew) of Alabama, Kendra Lisanne Boggs McAlpine (Keith) of Iowa, Courtney Layne Boggs Timbrell of Spencer, Caitlin Rochelle Boggs Windland (Tim) of New Jersey, Kristina Lynn Hapney Lipscomb (Andrew) of Simpsonville, S.C., Julia Rebecca Hapney of Burbank, Calif., Marvella Roseanne Boggs of Morgantown, Myridia Mae Boggs of Bakersfield, Calif., Mikinzy Cabot Boggs of Morgantown, Kiran Anderson Boggs and Suraya Alaina Boggs of Spencer; 16 great-grandchildren, Brittany Ann Antill Legleitner (Darrin), Kimberly Gayle Antill Norris (RJ), Austin Glen Antill, Parker River Wild, Vienna Sky Wild, Levi Drew Parker, Holden Steinbeck Parker, Madison Graceann Parker, Evanna Jane Parker, Oliver Hale Sieja, Edith Amelia Sieja, Alex Clay McAlpine, Jesse Clay McAlpine, Nathan Clay McAlpine, Gwendolyn Ann Timbrell and Miriam Bryn Timbrell; three great-great-grandchildren, Devon James Legleitner, Dylan James Legleitner and Victoria Ann Norris; sisters, Marian Augusta Boggs Mace of Kingwood, Effie Mae Boggs Creamer of Hilltop Lakes, Texas, Unabelle Rebecca Boggs of Akron, Ohio and Mildred Gail Boggs Popp of Reno, Ohio; aunts, Alice Boggs Schaller and Naomi Morton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers-in-law, Glynn Creamer and Lawrence Mace.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, with the Rev. Mike King and the Rev. Garry Bowen officiating. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. today. Burial will be at Boggs Cemetery on Airfield Road in Spencer, with a time of fellowship immediately following the cemetery at Boggs Field.

Family requests donations to Spencer Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 827, Spencer, WV 25276.

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