Joe Lennis Boaldin, 88, of Altus, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at the Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday in the Kincannon Memorial Chapel with Tom Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in the Restlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.
Joe was born on Dec. 10, 1925 in Eldorado to A.C. "Abb" and Mae (Buchanan) Boaldin. He attended Altus High School and joined the US Navy after his junior year. He was a veteran of World War II and served during the Battle of Okinawa. After his discharge, he finished high school in 1946. He was one of eight veterans on the football team that year. He also attended Cameron Junior College. He married Betty Jo Chappell in Vernon, Texas on March 4, 1963. Joe served Jackson County as the Jackson County Sheriff from 1969 until 1989. Joe loved fishing, watching OU ball games and being with friends and family. He was a member of the Elm and Hudson Church of Christ and the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame for boxing.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 1987; five sisters, Abbie Heidebrecht and husband Tom, Geneva Walston and husband Jack, Dorothy Abbott and husband Joe, Agnes Whittington and husband Duffy, and Madge Bills and husband George; and three brothers, James, A.C., Jr. and wife Oleta, and Leland.
Survivors include a daughter, Nita Allen and husband Tommy; a son, Tommy Stapp and wife Eddie; three grandchildren, Trevin Stapp, Cari Stapp and Shane Allen and wife Nicole; two brothers, Wilmer "Bo" Boaldin and wife Barbara, and Robert Boaldin; and a sister-in-law, Pyrlene Boaldin.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Kincannon Funeral Home.
Additional parking for the service is available behind the funeral home, Best Western to the South and Western Sizzlin' to the North.
Family and friends unable to attend may log on to kincannonfuneralhome.com 30 minutes prior to the service, click on the "Live Services" tab, to view the live webcast of the funeral.
Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com