OBITUARY

Wilson Boggan

November 23, 1918December 14, 2013

Wilson Boggan, 95, a resident of Saraland, Alabama, passed into eternity on December 14, 2013. Mr. Boggan was born November 23, 1918, in Bolling, Alabama, to Willie and Martha Pope Boggan. After finishing his education he moved from the farm to Prichard, Alabama, where he began a 38-year career with International Paper and met his future wife of 70 years, Julia Daniel Boggan. In 1943, his new job and new marriage were interrupted by two years’ overseas service in WWII, with Company I, 350th Infantry, 88th Division, fighting with the “Blue Devils” in North Africa and Italy. Mr. Boggan brought home many medals of valor which he tucked away in a drawer with no explanation -- The Bronze Star for Valor; WWII Victory Medal; European African Middle Eastern Medal with Two Bronze Stars; the distinguished Combat Infantry Badge for outstanding fighting ability in combat; the Good Conduct Medal; and also earned the French Croix de Guerre for acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. Many years later when the medals were found by his growing daughters, they asked to hear the stories of his valor. The only explanation ever provided was, " I received them for doing my job, nothing more. We don’t need medals in life for doing what we’re supposed to do – Simply perform every task to the best of your ability and that’s reward enough. ” And everyone who knew Mr. Boggan knew he lived his life by those very words. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and four daughters -- Anita Scoper (Kenneth), Ellen Rooney (Phil), Mary Dove (Ricky), Martha Biggs (Wayne); 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; other relatives; and a loving church family and staff at First Baptist North Mobile. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. Visitation is Wednesday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m. with services following at 11:OO, at First Baptist North Mobile. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Mr. Boggan's name to First Baptist North Mobile for Missions or "Love Helps" to aid needy families in the North Mobile community.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 18, 2013
REMEMBERING

Wilson Boggan

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Jean Johnson

January 22, 2014

I wish I had known Wilson better because he was such a great man of valor. No wonder our Julia loved him so much. My best pastor ever growing up was Bro. Zell Pope from Bolling, Al.
Blessings and prayers to all the Boggan family.

December 18, 2013

So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.

Anita Hewes

December 18, 2013

Mary,
I am so sorry to hear about your daddy. What a great man he was. I pray that God will help you thru this time.
Sincerly
Anita Cannon Hewes

James Patrick

December 17, 2013

The world has lost a man of valiance and utter Godliness. I can only imagine Mr. Boggan enjoying his homecoming. I pray peace and comfort for Mrs. Boggan, their four beautiful daughters and the entire extended family. God is good.

Windsor Hodges

December 17, 2013

Rest In Peace Uncle Wilson, Hug All the Family and Friends there with you.
Windsor.

December 17, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family! What a blessing he must have been to you all! I was so touched by his words, "we don't need medals for doing what we're supposed to do" ... truly words to live by! May God's peace that passes all understanding comfort and sustain you during this time.
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Deborah May

Linda Wakeland

December 17, 2013

Sorry for your loss.

December 17, 2013

You were so blessed to have a wonderful father and husband. Take comfort in knowing he is in his eternal home. Our prayers are with you.
God be with you,
Dan and Priscilla Taylor

Emily Winn

December 17, 2013

Thinking of you all and lifting up many prayers for your family.

December 17, 2013

Jerry & Mary Beavers
Our deepest sympathy about the loss of
Wilson. We love you both and have treasured your friendship.
your friendship.