Roger Darrell Boatright, 71, of Alma, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Bacon County Hospital in Alma, after an extended illness.
He was born February 18, 1949 in Bacon County to the late Alton (Dink) Boatright and Bertha Ray Boatright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Alton Boatright Jr., Kenneth Boatright and Sammy Boatright and by a sister Shirley McClure.
He was a 1967 graduate of Patterson High School and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He retired from the Georgia State Patrol as a Trooper First Class. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Big Brothers Sunday School Class, Bacon County Lodge #56, the Bacon County Exchange Club, the GSP ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and the Huddler’s, Inc.
He was first elected as council member for the City of Alma in 1986, jumpstarting his love for service to the community. In 1990, he was elected Mayor of Alma and faithfully served in that capacity for 14 years. In 2009, he was elected as Chairman of the Bacon County Board of Commissioners and was serving as a council member for the City of Alma at the time of his death. During his tenure as mayor, he was appointed by then-Governor Zell Miller to the board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and later served as chair of this statewide board. He was also a long-time board member of the Georgia Municipal Association, and served as President in 2001. His love for community was also shown through his decades of dedication and leadership on the board of the Bacon County Hospital Authority, currently serving as Chair of the Health Services Board. He was presented the Liston Elkins Award for distinguished service to Southeast Georgia. However, his most rewarding and cherished role was as ‘Papa’ to his two-beloved grandsons.
He adored his family and is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joy Britt Boatright, Alma; his daughter, Patti Boatright Fort and husband Clint and two grandchildren, Evan and Jacob Fort, all of Brunswick; three sisters, Charlotte Conner and husband David, Jesup, Joyce Cason and husband Ervin, Alma and Diane King and husband Jerry, Mershon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Buster and Cona Meeks, Alma and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, from the Martha Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery with Pastor Rick Brown and Pastor Ron Sweatt officiating. The Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard and other law enforcement will serve as escort.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Bacon County Hospital Foundation, Inc. 302 South Wayne Street, Alma, Georgia 31510.
Crosby Funeral home of Alma is in charge of arrangements.