Dr. James E. "Doc" Boggs

September 20, 2011


Dr. James E. "Doc" Boggs, 84, of Ivydale, entered into rest on September 20, 2011. He was born on Feb. 6, 1927 and was the son of Guy and Ruby Boggs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Bambi Boggs, and his sister, Dorcas Linkinogger.
James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Boggs of Ivydale; daughters, Debbie Messer (Joe) of Sissonville, Rebecca Hill (Ken) of Union, KY, and Dr. Kimberly Pugh (Glenn Cobb) of Charleston, SC; brother, Dr. G. Vernon Boggs of Luray, VA; grandchildren, James Smith, Matthew Smith, Lindsay Flanagan, Jacob Pugh, Ashley Greene, John Hill, William Messer, 1st Lt. Joshua Pugh, 2nd. Lt. Zach Pugh, Megan Hill, Luke Bailey; great-grandchildren, Zach Null, Cade Flanagan, Audrey Flanagan, Reed Smith, Claire Flanagan, and Ella Flanagan.
James was an Army veteran. He was a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He interned at St. Mary's Hospital, in Huntington, and did his surgery residency at CAMC Memorial Division. After practicing surgery in Charleston for over twenty years, he returned to his beloved roots in Clay County, WV. where he started a family practice in his boyhood home. He retired in 2006, having touched the lives of many.
He was an avid gardener, hunter, fisherman, farmer, and entrepreneur. He was a loving husband, dad, and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family. He will be remembered for his infinite generosity, his gift for healing, and most of all for the love and care he provided for his family. We are comforted in knowing we will be reunited in heaven.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 24 at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith funeral home with pastors Wilma Dobbins and Gary Kendall officiating. The burial will follow in the Douglas Cemetery, Ivydale, WV.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 23 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536, or the American Cancer Society.
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