COL Howard Boatman, U.S. Army, Ret.

April 23, 1936June 28, 2019
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COL Howard Boatman, U.S. Army, Ret. passed away at home surrounded by family on June 28th, 2019 at age 83. He will be greatly missed for his caring nature and love for his family.

He was born in Cookeville, Tennessee on April 23rd, 1936 to Byrd and Mary Boatman, and was raised on the family farm with 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech University.

He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 35, years serving in many capacities including Chief of the Operations Division and Deputy District Commander for Project Management for the Nashville District.

He was a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard and Army Reserve, retiring as a Colonel after 38 years of service. He was a Vietnam veteran, where he served as a Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He was very active in Church throughout his life, including teaching Sunday School, serving as a Deacon, providing leadership on many committees, and helping out whenever he was called. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Donelson.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat, his son, Todd (Mary), his sister, Pearlie Bice (Tilbert), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Hermitage Funeral Home on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and also on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.

The Celebration of Life will be at Hermitage Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Larry Dearth and Rev. Chuck Workman officiating.

Retired Military Honors and Entombment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Serving as active pallbearers are Carolyn Ballentine, Kyle Smith, M.C. Kent, Marshall Kent, Barry Cloyd, and Henry Hamilton.

Honorary pallbearers are James Sutton and members of the Agape Sunday School Class at Shiloh Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Youth Ministry or to Tennessee School for the Blind.


  • Carolyn Ballentine
  • Kyle Smith
  • M.C. Kent
  • Marshall Kent
  • Barry Cloyd
  • Henry Hamilton
  • James Sutton, Honorary
  • Agape Sunday School, Honorary

  • Shiloh Baptist Youth Ministry
  • Tennessee School for the Blind


  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 2, 2019


COL Howard Boatman, U.S. Army, Ret.

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Lynn Heimbach

July 2, 2019

I have been blessed by knowing this kind man and his family. He had such a gentlemanly way and always had a smile for all. My condolences, love, and prayers continue for his family.

Todd Boatman

July 1, 2019

Sayin Goodbye to my Hero

It’s hard to say goodbye to your Hero.
My Dad taught me how to fish, how to hit a baseball, and how to shoot a fade-away from the corner.

He taught me how to open the door for others, and later how to provide “Open Doors” for others to succeed.

He taught me the value of thinking before speaking, knowing when to take care of others before they ask, and the power of saying ”I love you.”

But the most important thing he taught me was to talk to God every day.

I realize today, it’s not about saying goodbye to my hero, but trying to do the simple things in life well, like he did, and helping others, like he did.

And, if it’s God’s will, maybe I can be a hero to others, just like he was for me.

Jaclyn C.

July 1, 2019

Mr. Boatman, it is an honor to have known you, shared laughs and stories with you, and to be a part of you and Mrs. Pat's life. May you rest in peace.

Zina Ledford

July 1, 2019

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. There are so many memories of Mr. B at church, at work, and most recently at my 50th birthday party. Just know that you are loved and prayed for during this difficult time!

Zina and John Ledford and Anita Cummings

Lisa Watwood

June 30, 2019

Mr. B,
You were like a father to me. You will live on in my heart forever.
Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

Christina Quinn

June 30, 2019

God rest your soul Howard. I was truly blessed and honored to have known you and cared for you.