OBITUARY

Ernest Pope Boland

May 1, 1924February 7, 2013

Ernest Pope Boland, age 88, died on February 7, 2013. He was the son of Bradley Raymond Boland, Sr. and Annie Lois Goins Boland. He attended school in Columbus, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from high school in Pahokee, Florida.

Ernest was enlisted in the army during World War II and participated in major campaigns in the South Pacific serving in Company C, 6th Ranger Battalion attached to the 6th Army, and served in three major campaigns in New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon in the Philippines Islands. He was one of the 120 men of “The Great Raid” on the Cabanatuan Prison Camp, the most successful rescue operation in U.S military history. He graduated from the University of Georgia as an ROTC Distinguished Honor Military Graduate, a member of Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society, and a member of the ROTC Regimental Staff. He later endowed the William O. Darby award, in memory of the founder of the Rangers, awarded to the outstanding senior ROTC cadet. He served in the army over 36 years entering as a private and retired as a full Colonel. At the time of his retirement, he was the top ranking medical entomologist for the United States Army. While studying Entomology in graduate school, he started a business, Boland Bonded Pest Control Company, Inc., of Athens, Georgia, which he owned and operated for 37 years. Ernest was an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Scouting Award and the Scouter’s Key. He belonged to the Athens Rotary Club, was a Charter Member of Beech Haven Baptist Church, belonged to First Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia, and belonged to First Baptist Church of Pahokee, Florida. He served as chairman of the Athens Clarke County Consolidation Committee of 1972 and was awarded the Bell Award by the Athens Bar Association for that work. He was selected as the Rotary Citizen of the Year, was President of the Georgia Pest Control Association, belonged to the National Pest Control Association, the American Entomological Society and was a Board Certified Entomologist. After he retired from his business in December of 1988, he raised his three adopted sons at Thornwell Home and School for Children. For over 40 years, Ernest was actively involved in researching his family genealogy, corresponding with many Boland kin worldwide. Ernest was pre-deceased by sisters Mary Jim Boland Smith of Columbus, GA, Sara Kate Boland Griffith of West Palm Beach, FL, and brothers Otis Earl of Okeechobee, FL, Robert Thomas (Tom) of Waycross, GA and Bradley Raymond, Jr., of Columbus, GA. Ernest was one of eight children and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Speer Boland; brothers Cecil Glen (Jan), Jack Ennis (Ruth), sister-in-law Janie; sons Barry Andrew, Thomas Raymond (Elizabeth), Robert Earl (Virginia), Michael Scott (Jennifer); daughter Beth Holland (Tom); granddaughters Rachel and Kathryn Holland, Alden, Avery, Adreana Boland; grandsons Ethan, Noah, Thomas, Bradley, Zachary, Victor, Keller, Graham and many nieces and nephews. Visitation is Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Bernstein’s Funeral Home, Atlanta Hwy with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. the following day in Parkhill Cemetary, Columbus, GA. It is requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Thornwell Home and School for Children, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, S.C. 29325. On line condolences may be made atwww.bernsteinfuneralhome.com Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2013
REMEMBERING

Ernest Pope Boland

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February 25, 2013

Dear Betty and family,
We are so very sorry to learn of Ernest passing! He was a dear man,
and his devotion to family, country, and genealogy was amazing. You
have our deepest sympathy, and may all your wonderfu memories confort
you during this time of sorrow.
Our love to you all,
Maureen & Bennie Poole and family

Mike Rock

February 14, 2013

Great leader. Served Country and Community with honor. Proud to be a former memeber of troop 22. Made my military tour of duty much easier. Thanks Ernest.

Laura Wilson

February 13, 2013

Mrs. Boland & Beth & family:
I had not heard until now of Mr. Boland's passing and I wanted to offer my family's condolences and prayers for your comfort in the days and nights to come. Hoping that in time your memories will offer more comfort and less pain and that God will walk with you in this journey.

Tom & Laura Wilson (Bean)

Jim Massey

February 13, 2013

Dear Betty, Barry, Beth and the entire family:

Ernest had a great influence on me and several thousand young men in Boy Scouts as well as in the Army and likewise Army reserve. He was one of a kind. He was tough but yet he was concerned about others feelings and welfare. Ernest will be sorely missed by me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

I was on a trip when I heard the news.

"Keep the Faith"

Cuyler Trussell Dupree

February 12, 2013

Dear Boland family-Ernest was one of the finest men I have ever known. He taught me leadership-in the best way-by his own example. May God bless you with your memories-Cuyler Trussell Dupree

Paige Saylor

February 12, 2013

Betty and family - Ernest was a great man and will be dearly missed!
I will never forget the wonderful camping trip he took Brad and I on to Slippery Rock.
Praying for peace and comfort Betty, Barry and Beth

Daniel Lackey

February 11, 2013

I was honored to meet and get to know Col. Boland and speak to him a number of times in the last few years. His humility and humble nature personify the true American hero he was. He and Betty are precious people who it has been my privilege to know and Ernest will be sorely missed by his many friends, for he never met a stranger and to know him was to be considered a friend.

Daniel Lackey

February 11, 2013

I was honored to meet and get to know Col. Bolan and speak to him on quite a number of occasions in the last few years. His humility and humble nature personify the true American hero he was. He and Betty are precious people who it has been my privilege to know and Ernest will be sorely missed by his many friends, for he never met a stranger and to know him was to be considered a friend.

Wayne Elalrd

February 10, 2013

Betty and family, My deepest condolences in your time of grief and loss. I always thought a lot of Ernest, he was a very influetial person in my life as a young boy growing up. I held the deepest repect for him. Love ya'll, Wayne Ellard

Robbie Burton

February 10, 2013

Hamlet said "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him..." Alas Ernest, we knew ye not.