Billy Boggs, 74, of Ola, died following a hard fight and courageous battle with cancer over the past two and one half years and went home to be with his heavenly family on April 20, 2006. He was born on May 16, 1931 in Little Rock and was adopted at the age of six months by Louis Boggs. He was a 1948 graduate of Ola High School. Billy worked for 33 years for the Rock Island Railroad as station master in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He retired in 1979. He married Alma Lea Woodring in 1997 and they had 9 wonderful years together. He was a member of the Ola United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Maxine Boggs; a granddaughter, Robin Alfaro; a son-in-law, William Swicegood; and two very special aunts, Bessie Boggs and Celia Boggs.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Lea Boggs of Ola; three children, Brenda Jean Swicegood of Ola, Linda Sue Higgins & husband Kenneth of Russellville, Edwin Lee Boggs & wife, Judy of Plainview; five grandchildren, Bobby Ray Swicegood & wife Kerrye of Russellville, William Jackson Boggs of Reston, Virginia, Martha Elizabeth Black & husband Jeff of Ola, Joshua Allen Higgins of Russellville, Jacob Aaron Higgins of Russellville; three great grandchildren, Michael Fenton of Russellville, Tal Swicegood of Russellville, Tynley Swicegood of Russellville; grandson- in-law, Mark Alfaro of Russellville; four step grandchildren, Danette Atwood of Russellville, Kyla Reynolds of Clarksville, Todd Higgins of Garfield, Jason Higgins of Lamar; ten step great-grandchildren and a step great-great grandchild.
Funeral will be at 2 pm Saturday, April 22, 2006 at Ola United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Sandlin Cemetery in Ola by Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be 6-8:00 pm Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a church or charity of your choosing.