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Jerry Tillman Boatwright

The Apalach Times

Mr. Jerry Tillman Boatwright, 64, was born in Apalachicola on July 21, 1955 to James “”JT” Tillman and Velma Boatwright. He went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 19 with his loving wife, Laura Jean Tucker Boatwright, by his side.

Jerry and Laura were married June 6, 1986 in Apalachicola. They were inseparable for 34 years happy years!

Jerry started his career in Eastpoint, working on the Apalachicola Bay. During this time he worked in the seafood industry in Franklin County, crabbing and doing a little oystering at times. Jerry spent most of his life working on the Apalachicola Bay until 2002 when he decided to start a different a career with Apalachicola Forest Youth Camp, in Wilma. After several years of working with the youth camp, Jerry left and started a new journey with the St. George Island Plantation as a security officer. This was Jerry's favorite job of his life, and he continued this job for approximately eight years until he became too disabled to continue.

Jerry's true love was woodworking. He would build dog boxes for local hunters, or anything he could come up with to build in his spare time. Jerry also would help repair or rebuild boats, sterns or just lend a helping hand with outboard motor mechanics. Later in his life, Jerry was touched by the Lord Jesus Christ and his passion for woodwork led him on a different path. With his heart full, he felt the need to help in ways that would touch other people’s heart. Jerry began making crosses; the crosses started small and he would give them out to family members and friends, who accepted them as a beautiful treasure indeed built to perfection! As the extreme passion for hand carving the crosses grew, Jerry started bringing the crosses to his wife's church to give to kids for Christmas, along with his doctors’ offices for the nurses and staff. Sometimes Jerry would get the feeling, at the news someone having a hard time, needed support, or just needed something to remind them of our Lord Jesus Christ. He would track them down and give them one of his beautiful treasures to them.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Laura Jean Tucker Boatwright; son Shawn Tillman Boatwright and daughter Hannah Lillian Boatwright; two grandchildren, Colby Tillman Boatwright and Rileigh Renee Boatwright; brother Larry Boatwright (wife Aileen); sister Revena “Binky” Boatwright Page (husband Donald); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry is preceded in death by his loving mother, Velma Shiver Boatwright, and his beloved sister Jeanine Boatwright Woods.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. at the Eastpoint Cemetery. Social distancing practice is required. McClellan Funeral Home of Quincy is handling arrangements,