Billie Jean Parker Bohler

January 17, 1928November 28, 2018
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Brooklet, Georgia

Billie Jean Parker Bohler passed away Wednesday morning, November 28, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro, Ga. “Miss Billie” was born on January 17, 1928 to Lee Roy and Evelyn Lorraine Waters Parker in Statesboro. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Charles Emory Bohler; her parents, her brother Kenneth Roy Parker, and her son-in-law James David Childree. She is survived by her children, Rene Bohler Childree of Brooklet, GA, Ellen (AJ) Bohler Anderson of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Matt Bohler of Atlanta and Tim (Christy) Bohler of Statesboro. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Jonathan David Childree of Statesboro, Jeanna Lorraine Childree of Chicago, IL and Preston Lanier Bohler of Statesboro. Many in-laws, nieces and nephews also survive to honor her memory. A perfect example of a true Southern Lady, Miss Billie was a kind and thoughtful Christian. She conducted a personal card ministry for many years, sending birthday greetings, anniversary congratulations, sympathy messages, and words of support and love to friends, family and acquaintances. She was a faithful and active member of Brooklet United Methodist Church since 1955. In that role, she was a member of the United Methodist Women and Sunday school classes, serving tenures as secretary and in other support roles of her church. Mrs. Bohler was a graduate of Statesboro High School and attended business college in Atlanta, then worked as a secretary for Swift and Co. in their Atlanta office. While on a visit home from there, she was introduced to a young medical student, Emory Bohler, who became the love of her life. They married June 24, 1951 and moved to Brooklet to set up his practice and their lifetime home in 1955. She was an active member of the Auxiliary of the Medical Association of Georgia, the spousal support group to this organization, and the Auxiliary of the Ogeechee River Medical Society, the local organization. She was a constant figure at Dr. Bohler’s side in the many roles they served locally, for the state of Georgia and the American Medical Association, including that of Georgia’s First Lady of Medicine while Dr. Bohler served as president of MAG. She welcomed to Bulloch Co. many young physicians and their spouses, always going out of her way to make them feel at home and included. As a native of Bulloch County, Miss Billie supported the Bulloch County Historical Society, the Averitt Center for the Arts, The Botanical Garden and Georgia Southern University, the Brooklet Garden Club and Forest Heights Country Club. She loved tailgating for GSU football and attended games with Dr. Bohler and her children from the inception of the program until this year, when her health prevented her participation. As well, she enjoyed the Statesboro Bulldog Club and looked forward to the social activities of that organization. She and Dr. Bohler were strong boosters of Southeast Bulloch High School for many years. Those who were graced to be her family and friends quickly developed an appreciation for her subtle dry humor and quick wit. She was a real Steel Magnolia. She held herself and those she loved to a high standard of behavior, yet she was not one to judge or speak ill of anyone, accepting people where they were and for what and who they were. She loved to travel and she and Dr. Bohler enjoyed their trips around the country and the world with friends and family. Family vacations in Fernandina Beach were a special time for her. Family reunions were opportunities to catch up with those she loved. Staying in touch with family and sharing favorite memories and family history enabled her to keep younger generations in touch with their roots. Shopping was a favorite hobby and led friends of her children to ask to be adopted! She loved Christmas time, lunches and Friday night suppers with her Brooklet friends, and any opportunity to go. She will be missed daily by those who loved her. Her children would like to express sincere appreciation to The Lodge at Bethany, Ogeechee Area Hospice, and the sitters and caretakers in those locations and at home for the care and love shown to our mother. So many from this time became like family and we are forever grateful. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Hodges Moore Funeral Home, 22757 Hwy 80 East, Statesboro, GA. The celebration of Miss Billie’s life will take place Sat. at 11:00 AM at the Brooklet United Methodist Church with Reverend Chip Grantham officiating. The burial will follow in Brooklet City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her great nephews, Garrett Alford, Judson Alford, Mitchell Bohler, Sam Booth, Gordon Hunter and John Millican. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Dr. Charles Emory Bohler Scholarship (, Brooklet United Methodist Church, The Lodge at Bethany, Ogeechee Area Hospice, The American Cancer Society or any charity of your choice. Please visit our online memorial at to sign the guest book and share fond memories with the Bohler family. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


  • Rene Bohler Childree, Daughter
  • Ellen Bohler Anderson (AJ), Daughter
  • Matt Bohler, Son
  • Tim Bohler (Christy), Son
  • Jonathan David Childree, Grandchild
  • Jeanna Lorraine Childree, Grandchild
  • Preston Lanier Bohler, Grandchild
  • Lee Roy and Evelyn Lorraine Waters Parker, Parents
  • Dr. Charles Emory Bohler, Husband
  • James David Childree, Son-in-law
  • Kenneth Roy Parker, Brother
  • Mrs. Bohler is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

  • Garrett Alford, Active Pallbearer
  • Judson Alford, Active Pallbearer
  • Mitchell Bohler, Active Pallbearer
  • Sam Booth, Active Pallbearer
  • Gordon Hunter, Active Pallbearer
  • John Millican, Active Pallbearer

  • The Charles Emory Bohler Scholarship
  • Brooklet United Methodist Church
  • The Lodge at Bethany
  • Ogeechee Area Hospice
  • The American Cancer Society


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, December 1, 2018

Billie Jean Parker Bohler

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Woodie Jones Wisebram

December 1, 2018

Sending deepest sympathy to all the family. I grew up knowing Rene and her parents and, in later years, worked with Matt at the High Museum of Art. I always loved reminiscing about Statesboro and Brooklet with him, and he would keep me up to date on his family. The Bohlers will forever be woven into all that is good about Brooklet and beyond. With love, Woodie

Dr. Sam Tillman

December 1, 2018

We are so sorry to hear this news. Billie was always so sweet and welcoming. We will miss her
. Much love to all the family
Dr. Sam Tillman and Sharon Tillman

Lander Carn

December 1, 2018

You and your family are in my heart, mind, and prayers. Billie will be missed.

Jaime Ebright

December 1, 2018

I mostly knew Miss Billie through her daughter, Ellen, and had the pleasure of her company upon the festive occasions here in Florida during the holidays. I feel as though I know her fairly well; she extolled upon her daughter all of the virtues she possessed. The quintessential Southern charm, grace, and caring spirit with a joyful approach to life that shined like the brightest star in the sky whenever she was here. And it was doubly bright when the two of them were together! I feel truly blessed to have been graced with her presence and she will be deeply missed! Her memory will live on forever in all of those who knew and loved her.

Pat Howard

November 30, 2018

Oh, how many times I spent at Rene's house, spend-the-night parties, birthdays, etc.! Ms. Billie was always there, making our fun times even more fun! She played games with us and made sure we enjoyed ourselves and were well fed. I didn't appreciate it as a kid because, well, I was a kid.....but as I've grown older, those memories have surfaced and I truly cherish them. I have one vivid memory when y'all lived in the white block house down the street. We were playing "Go to the Head of the Class" and Ms. Billie was sitting in a lawn chair. We kids were gathered around and she was officiating. I just remember that at that moment I really loved her for the way she interacted with us. Rene, Ellen, Matt and Tim, I'm sorry you are going through yet another time of grief and can only pray that these fond memories of your Mama will ease the pain somewhat. I love all of you!

Doris Price

November 29, 2018

Some of the best days of my life was spent across the street at Dr Bohler and Miss Billie. She had a lot of influence in my life or I probably would have amounted to nothing. I loved her children so much and loved babysitting them. They saw me through some crazy days and I cannot ever thank them enough.

Bob Snyder

November 29, 2018

This good lady, Billie JeanBohler, and her late husband, Dr. Emory Bohler, are Brooklet and Bulloch County revered icons. What a wonderful memory! I smile to myself as I think of their reunion beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Scott Gulledge

November 29, 2018

To the entire Bohler family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet person. I have wonderful memories of going to your parent's house when we would visit our grandparents in Statesboro. Your parents were such great hosts. We always had a fantastic time.