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Former South Congaree Town Council-member and dedicated community servant passes away

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – Walter Boatwright, a past member of the South Congaree Town council, passed away Sunday night at home. He was 76 years old.

Boatwright had lived in the South Congaree area since the early 1960’s. He was known to have a beautiful, well-kept home and yard and spent many hours laboring to keeping it looking just so.

He was very involved in the community and was always ready to pitch in for the good of his neighbors, friends, and family. He dedicated 18 years to serving on the town’s council, serving as the mayor pro-tem a number of times.

Boatwright was married to Viola Boatwright who herself has served as the town of South Congaree’s municipal judge for 20 years. Walter had two children, both girls, by a previous marriage, and Viola had one son. Together, the pair had 5 grandchildren that they loved and cherished.

Boatwright was a proud member of the Jamil Shrine Temple for more than 40 years. He was very active in the Jamil Characters, and through his participation with that unit, he helped raise thousands of dollars to support the Shriner’s Children Hospital. He and his wife also attended Dunn’s Chapel Church for a number of years.

Prior to retiring, Boatwright owned and operated Boatwright’s Steel Service just outside of South Congaree. Through that business he fabricated steel products of all types. He was known to be a fair boss and owner, and once said that he had never sent a single employee home, even when work was slow, but always found some way to keep them working and on the payroll. He knew all of them had families to support and how important that was to them.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson’s Funeral Home of West Columbia. Those have not yet been finalized.

We will update this story as more details regarding his final arrangements are complete.

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