Edward Boley, 81, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 9, 2013. On July 12, 1932, in the Mountains of East Tennessee, Anderson and Hettie Boley welcomed another "little Boley" Edward into their home. Always proud of his East Tennessee heritage, Ed was educated in the Cocke County schools and received his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State.
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Ed taught in Tennessee before moving to Caroline County, where he taught at C.T. Smith High School. In Fredericksburg, he was the principal at James Monroe High School, as he pursued his Master's Degree at William and Mary College.
In 1970, he came to Roanoke and served as principal at Patrick Henry High School, in Central Administration, and as a teacher.
Ed was a gentle man and a gentlemen. He loved to sing and he performed with several local choruses and with the church choir at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church.
Always wanting to contribute to the community, he served as President of the Mental Health Association and the Thursday Morning Music Club. He also served in leadership positions in his educational association and Greene Memorial UMC.
All who knew him realized his commitment to his family, his church, his friends, and his community.
Waiting to greet him in a better place are his parents; his in-laws, Ada and Hubert Brickey; nephew, Christopher Boley; and a beloved sister, Cynthia; along with his faithful dachshunds.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn; his dachshund, Buster; a brother, Don Boley and his wife, Emma, of Newport, Tenn.; a niece, Kim Boley Whitmore and husband, John and a great-nephew Christopher, of Johnson City, Tenn.; niece, Alicia Boley Stinson and husband, Scott and great-niece and nephew, Emily and Tyler, of Del Rio, Tenn; great-niece, Jodi Hollands, of Greenville, Tenn.; along with a close group of friends who have provided support and care though out his illnesses.
Flowers would be appreciated, or donations to the following, Thursday Morning Music Club Scholarship Fund, c/o John Hall, 6109 Wertz Orchard Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018, Fine Arts Series, Greene Memorial UMC, Second Street, Roanoke, VA 24011 in his memory.
The family would like to give a special thank you to South Roanoke Nursing Home and Gentle Shepherd Hospice for all their care and support.
Friends may visit with the family Wednesday, September 11, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Simpson Funeral Home. A memorial service celebrating Ed's life will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Greene Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Heaton officiating, assisted by the Rev. Roger Matthews, the Rev. Bernard Via and the Rev. Arthur Grant. Interment will be private. Friends may send their condolences to the family by visiting www.simpsonfuneral.com. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home and Crematory, 540-366-0707.
Published in Roanoke Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013