Dudley Harbin Boddie
SHREVEPORT, LA - Services celebrating the life of Dudley Harbin Boddie, 96, will be held on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 2:00pm at Brown Chapel on the campus of Centenary College, Shreveport, LA. Officiating will be Rev. William Peeples of Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. Mimi McDowell. Other clergy will include Rev. Linda Boddie Clark of Natchitoches, LA and Mickie Cowan, Chaplain of Live Oak. Interment will follow at Forest Park West. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Monday May 20, 2013 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA.
D. Harbin Boddie was born on December 22, 1916 and went to be with our Heavenly Father on May 16, 2013 following a brief illness. Harbin Boddie was born in Waller, TX, to Rev. David Baker and Ella Mae Kegler Boddie. Harbin moved often during his childhood, as do Methodist ministers' families. This afforded him a basis for many stories that he loved sharing with friends and family. After graduating from Bolton High School, he attended Centenary College. His college was interrupted in order to serve in the United States Army for four years during World War II. He returned to Centenary College after the war and graduated in 1946. He was one of the earliest members of the Centenary College Choir, under the direction of long- time friend, Dr. A. C. "Cheesy" Voran. Harbin remained connected to Centenary College in many areas. In 2011 he was awarded the Alumni Loyalty Award, one of his most cherished honors.
Mr. Boddie was a long time educator in Caddo Parish. He served as teacher at Cotton Valley High School, Fair Park High School and Lakeshore JR High School before becoming a counselor at Broadmoor JR High School. He then became Attendance Supervisor for Caddo Parish School Board, and when he retired in 1973, he was the Principal of Queensborough Elementary School. He remained active in the Caddo Retired Teachers' Association and the Louisiana Retired Teachers' Association.
He was a faithful member of Noel Memorial United Methodist Church and a member of Freeman Fellowship Sunday School Class. His greatest joy was serving his Lord through music as a member of the Chancel Choir, retiring after 64 years of loyal service.
While living at Live Oak, Harbin enjoyed the many activities offered, especially being a part of the Astros Bean Bag Baseball Team. They competed in the Senior Olympics many times and he earned many Gold medals. In May 2009, Harbin was able to continue his allegiance to his country by traveling with Louisiana Honor Air to Washington, DC to view the recently completed WWII Memorial.
Mr. Boddie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thomasine Armstrong Boddie; brother, Rev. Wyatt David (WD) Boddie; sisters-in-law, Margaret Boddie and Agnes "Sing" Boddie.
Left to cherish Harbin's precious memory are his daughter, Harriett Ellen Boddie; son, Thomas Harbin Boddie; granddaughter, Kristin Elizabeth Sibley; brother, George Baker "Jack" Boddie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honoring Harbin as pallbearers will be Jim Bahm, Judge Eugene Bryson, James Goins, William Gerardy, Brad McPherson and Robert "Chris" Middleton
Honorary pallbearers will be; the members of Freeman Fellowship Class.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Live Oak for their friendship and care, and all of the WK Hospital staff for their care and compassion during his recent illness.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon, Shreveport, LA 71101 or Centenary College of Louisiana Boddie-Baker Scholarship Fund.
At Harbin's request, if he has ever had the privilege of singing with you in any choir please join the Noel Chancel Choir as they sing
"How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place".
Published in Shreveport Times from May 19 to May 21, 2013