Lura Sperry Boggs

April 20, 1945March 3, 2018
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GREER, SC- Lura Boggs, born on April 20, 1945, passed away in her home on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Lura was the devoted daughter of William H. Sperry and Ruth G. Sperry, and she was married to the love of her life, Carroll B. “Rusty” Boggs, Jr. for 48 years, all who preceded her in death. Lura was an accountant by trade and a Civitan by heart. She retired from the Spartanburg County Tax Office after serving as an accountant and business manager in multiple industries. While she used her accounting talents in her professional life, her ability to balance spreadsheets was often used in her role as Treasurer in many levels of the Civitan International organization. Until her untimely death, she held the office of Treasurer in the Greenville Civitan Club and Secretary/Treasurer in the South Carolina Civitan District. In her years of service to Civitan International, Lura held the position of Governor for the South Carolina District in 1993-94 and 2011-12. She was elected Region 2 Director of Civitan International from 2014-16. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church- Greenville. Lura is survived by her two precious daughters and their husbands, Anne and Lou Lavely, and Victoria and Luke Brunson. She is also survived by her treasured grandsons: Andrew Lavely, Zachary Brunson, Benji Brunson, and Jonathan Brunson. She was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Carroll Boggs. Services will be held at the Woodlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery at 1 Pine Knoll Drive, Greenville, SC 29609. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 7 from 5-7 PM. Funeral services will be in The Chapel at Woodlawn Funeral Home on Thursday, March 8 at 2 PM with internment to follow immediately in Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lura’s name to Civitan International at under the Shropshire Fellow program.


  • William H Sperry, Father
  • Ruth G. Sperry, Mother
  • Carroll B. "Rusty" Boggs Jr., Husband
  • Anthony Carroll Boggs, Son
  • Anne Lavely, Daughter
  • Lou Lavely, Son-in-law
  • Victoria Brunson, Daughter
  • Luke Brunson, Son-in-law
  • Andrew Lavely, Grandson
  • Zachary Brunson, Grandson
  • Benji Brunson, Grandson
  • Jonathan Brunson, Grandson


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Sam Bennett

March 22, 2018

My most recent memory of Lura is this past winter, when she helped me organize all the paperwork involving the fruitcakes. She diligently went through all the stores and made sure the amounts of both fruitcakes and monies were correct. I could never have done this myself, and am grateful that Lura was there to help me.

Jean Ballew

March 8, 2018

Dear Anne, Vicki and families,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Lura’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Most sincerely,
Jean Campbell Ballew and family

Terry Matheny

March 8, 2018

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. Lura was a remarkable individual with an abundance of vitality. She truly loved her family, God, and Civitan. I first met Lura in the 1980's when she was a member of the Metropolitan Civitan Club. At that time, she make a tremendous impression on me for thoughtfulness and kindness. This impression has lasted me for over thirty years. I know that she will be missed by all that knew and loved her. She is now in a glorious home with Rusty and Anthony. God bless you!

Louise Riley

March 7, 2018

Victoria, Anne, and family,
I was greatly saddened to hear that your mom, mother-in-law and grandmother passed away this weekend. She was always a strong, active member of your family and for the Civitans. I will always remember her spirit and love of her grandchildren and her eagerness to help their teachers.

I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve for her.

With deepest sympathy,
Louise Riley

Kris Monday

March 7, 2018

I have only been Ms. Lura's neighbor for a couple of years, but in that time I knew her to be a kind and friendly neighbor. She always smiled and spoke. She was the kind of neighbor you hope for when you move to a new place. A couple of instances stand out in my mind. One morning, I had a flat tire on my truck and I needed to take my kids to school. She must've seen us from her window because she was right out the door, asking how she could help. That morning she happily took my boys to school and wouldn't hear a word of me repaying her. She just said one day I may need you. Another time that stands out was when we saw one another outside and she asked if we had gotten one of our boys a drum set. I cautiously admitted that yes, we had. I thought for sure she had been annoyed by all of the commotion coming from our house but to my surprise, she said that's great! She said she'd love to come try them out sometime. She was a lovely lady. I wish I had had more time to get to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with you...

Debbie Hiller

March 7, 2018

Lura was my great friend and co worker in SC Civitan. I went to many District meetings and conventions with her. I was blessed to be one of her recruits to build a new club in Easley SC the Foothills Civitan Club. She was a tireless warrior for Civitan. She and I worked on awards for the club year after year.

I came to know Lura as a true and loved friend. In my 20 years of Civitan membership, I have never known a more loyal, devoted, and hard-working person for the cause of Civitan.

Aside from Civitan, I must say that Lura was just an absolutely wonderful, giving, caring person. I will have an empty place that no one can ever fill. She was just a jewel that can never ever be replaced. But I do know that this precious lady is now in Heaven rejoicing with Jesus and her dear loved ones.

I am thankful that God placed Lura in my life. She was certainly one of my all time greatest friends. I send my love and condolences to her family.

Michael Sperry

March 5, 2018

Lura (I called her "Li Li") was my big sister my closest frined. She was born on April 20, 1945 and I was born on March 31, 1946. So, for 20 days each year we were the same age. She called me on my birthday every year to say: "Hello twin!" I will miss that call this year.

She was my "go to" person when I needed advise. She was the rock of our family, the "Mother Hen" who ruled the roost and kept us all in line. And everyone of us loved her. I am sure she is rejoicing now that she is reunited with Rusty and Tony, but I am not. A ligth has gone out of my life. I will miss her so.

Bill Tolleson

March 5, 2018

Lura is wonderful person of ethic and character. She was a friend and go-to person for many of us Civitans in South Carolina. She was always there providing consistency and continuity. She enabled the smooth transitioning for incoming South Carolina District Governors. She was “the glue that held the District together” especially in difficult times.
Even though Lura received a significant number of honors and recognitions, it will be the numerous unseen and unknown things she did that will be missed the most. “Quitting,” before the job was finished, was just not in her vocabulary.
She loved her family and often lovingly spoke of her family, did many things for them, with them, took them on trips. Lately, she was especially proud that her grandsons were 3rd generation Civitans.
Thank You, Lura, for the many things you did to enrich our lives.
Bill Tolleson, SC District Governor, 2015-16

Scott Rhymer

March 5, 2018

Please accept my thoughts and prayers for the loss for Anne, Lou, and the entire family. I will be thinking of you both in the coming days and weeks and hope that you two will find resolve in that your mother is in a better place.

Frank Kelley

March 5, 2018

I have such fond memories of serving with your Mom during our time of service as Directors on the Civitan International Board of Directors. There will never be another Lura and we all are better for knowing her. She was a wonderful person whose smile I will always remember. My wife Kim and I send our prayers and condolences to the family.