HARRISBURG -- Jimmie Lee Boatright, 84, passed away peacefully at 3:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at his home.
He was born Nov. 23, 1932, in Brushy Township, near Harco, in his grandparents' home. He was the son of Lloyd and Elsie (Burlison) Boatright. He married the former Joy Ann Serles on April 11, 1954, at Galatia Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joy; three children, Joy Lynn (Dennis) Murphy, Kerry (Cindy) Boatright and James "Joe" Boatright; seven grandchildren, Audrey (Chris) Bernard, Amy (Barry) Wilken, Ashley (Cameron) Brown, Roby (Olivia) Boatright, Nikki Boatright and Cheyann and Caleb Boatright; six great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Lucy Bernard, Oliver and Ella Wilken, Samuel Brown and Liam Boatright; sister, Lillian Moore; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vivian Stevnson; and brother, Jack Boatright.
Jimmie proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason.
He retired from Amax Coal Company.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, in Bankston Fork Baptist Church with Pastor David Smith officiating. Burial with military rites will be in North America Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia with Masonic rites presented at 7 p.m. by Harrisburg Masonic Lodge.
Memorials may be made to Bankston Fork Baptist Church and North America Baptist Church.