ATLANTA, Ga. - Dr. William M. Boggs of Atlanta entered into rest Sunday after an extended illness. His life was marked by high achievement. He was a Marine Corps veteran of two tours to Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 after, which he received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for service to his country. He graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University where he received a bachelors degree in Religion. He also graduated from Yale University with a BA degree in Philosophy and later received his PHD from Claremont Graduate School in California. He was the senior pastor of the Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene and later the Wilshire United Methodist Church of Los Angeles, California. After the ministry he joined Synectics Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts for eleven years where he later became Managing Partner of their international consulting company. He also authored a book titled, "Sin Boldly But Trust God More Boldly Still". He is survived by his wife, Dagmar Bednarzik Boggs; his sons, William M. Boggs Jr., of Atlanta, Justin Boggs of Oklahoma and his daughters, Bridgette Boggs of Atlanta, Tanya Boggs Willey of San Francisco and Nikki Tuttoilmondo of California; his mother, Gerline Boggs of New Ellenton, South Carolina; his brother, Bobby W. Boggs Sr. of North Augusta, South Carolina, and his sister, Mary Boggs Mixon of Augusta, Georgia; three grandchildren, Dakotah Boggs, Cayman Wittrock and Brody Wittrock. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Benjamin Boggs , his father, Floyd M. Boggs and his sister, Brenda Boggs. The family will receive friends on Thursday December 20th from 6-8pm at the Patterson Spring Hill Funeral Home, 1020 Spring Street. Funeral services will be held on Friday December 21 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, 2711 Peachtree Road. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the: March of Dimes, 1776 Peachtree Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2007.