Julia Elise Arnett Boddiford

November 26, 1919April 9, 2011

Julia Elise A. Boddiford Julia Elise Arnett Boddiford, aged 91, of Sylvania, Georgia, died on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Mrs. Boddiford was born on November 26, 1919 in Chatham County, Georgia. Her parents were Otis John & Sarah Amelia Robbins Arnett. She had four brothers. John Otis Arnett, Jr. was killed in World War II and Leigh DeKalb Arnett later died of complications of injuries that he received during World War II. Spencer Robbie Arnett and Gene Lewis Arnett are her surviving brothers.

Mrs. Boddiford attended Georgia Women’s College in Milledgeville, Georgia. During World War II, Mrs. Boddiford worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. After the war, she returned to Sylvania and worked for the Telephone Company of Sylvania, GA. She married George Edward Boddiford, Jr. on November 11, 1948. They had three children, Edward, Sarah and Julie. While her children were growing up, Mrs. Boddiford stayed at home as a wife and mother to her family. Later, after her children were grown, she worked with her husband and after her husband’s death, her son, at Feed, Seed and Farm Supplies. She was a very active member of Buck Creek United Methodist Church and the Buck Creek Homemaker’s Club.

She is survived by her son and his wife, George Edward, III & Patricia L. Boddiford, and their two children, Christina Jane Boddiford and George Edward “Chip” Boddiford, IV. She is survived by two daughters and their families, Sarah N. & Bobby L. Boddiford and their son and his wife, Benjamin Chadwick “Chad” & Mary Helen Scott Boddiford and Julie B. & Martin Phillips and their two children, Amy Elizabeth Phillips and Travis Martin Phillips.

Visitation was held between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM with the funeral service immediately after visitation at Buck Creek United Methodist Church on April 12, 2011. Burial was at Screven County Memorial Cemetery in Sylvania, Georgia. Rev. Steve Purnell officiated at the service with Veronica Howard as the musician. Pallbearers were Fred Sowell, Robin Arnett, McQue Boddiford, David Boddiford, Joe Boddiford and Charlie Waters.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to the Buck Creek UMC Building Fund, c/o Angie Johnson, 2508 Buck Creek Road, Sylvania, GA 30467.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Online at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Charley Ann Stewart-Charlton

August 29, 2011

Sara Nell and Family,
Lorraine and I share in your loss. I came upon this after looking at Mom's guest book on here. I remember your mother and family very well. If I ever see you again, Sara Nell, I will remind you about something you said once, and I have never forgotten it.
In Deepest Sympathy,

Donnie and Dorothy Bennett

April 16, 2011

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

April 12, 2011

May you rest in Peace--From all the Buck Creek Homemakers Club members

April 12, 2011

Sara Nell, I am sorry to learn about your mother. My mother will be 92 this year and she often asked about your mother; they were both good Buck Creek memebers and instilled good values in their children. She will be missed. Sam Anderson (Dorothy Anderson's oldest son)

Russell & Melinda Sutton

April 11, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.