THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Robert McWhorter Boswell, Jr., died Saturday, August 24, at the Georgia War Veterans Home in Augusta. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, in the Penfield Cemetery, with Dr. Wilfred Bellamy officiating. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Thomson Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday night at the Curtis Funeral Home. He was the son of Agnes and Robert Boswell and was born in Penfield Ga. on June 1 1925. Upon leaving Penfield, he grew up in Charleston, S.C., where his father had an untimely death. At the age of 11, he along with his mother and sister moved to Thomson Ga. Bob graduated from Thomson High School and attended the University of Georgia for 1 year before enlisting in the Navy. During World War II, he served on the LST 570, as a Gunner's Mate and participated in the occupation of Leyete, Mindora, Philippines, and Okinawa. For his display of cool heroism and devotion to duty in the face of an intense 3 day enemy air assault in the Sulu Sea, he was awarded a Bronze Star and numerous commendations for bravery. After the war he returned to the University of Georgia, where he was President of Pi Kappa Phi and the Inter-Franternity Council. In 1949, he married Jane Ansley, who predeceased him in 1998. Robert joined the Standard Oil Company in 1950. Living in Atlanta, he became the youngest man to achieve a position as Assistant Division Manager of Standard Oil in Georgia. In 1965, he left the corporate office and moved back to Thomson to buy the Chevron Oil Distributorship from his father-in-law, Arnold Ansley. He joined the Presbyterian Church (of which he was a Charter member) and was a Deacon. He was member of Rotary Club and a Boy Scout Leader. Well known for his story telling, he often had a captive audience for his funny and heartwarming stories. His vibrant personality, charismatic sense of humor, and kind generosity will long be remembered by his friends and family. Survivors include his son, Robert McWhorter Boswell III; his daughter, Mary Boswell Langham; son- in-law, Jimmy Langham; his sister, Mary Ben Brown, Penfield; grandchildren, Franklin, Jim, Robert, Elizabeth, and Billie; and 4 great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Thomson Presbyterian Church. You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome.com Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2013