July 18, 2018

Mr. Harry Botsford

Mr. Roger Harold “Harry” Botsford, Jr., age 70, of Roanoke passed away peacefully Tuesday March 27, 2018 at his family farm.

Funeral services for Mr. Botsford were conducted Saturday March 31, 2018 with the Rev. Chris Martin officiating. The funeral took place at his neighbor’s venue in the woods, a place Harry loved. Interment followed in Lebanon Christian Church Cemetery. Those serving as pall bearers were: Britt Wiggins, Bobby Robertson, Steve Robertson, Tony Johnson, Junior Johnson, and Roger Johnson.

Mr. Botsford was born April 20, 1947 in Baltimore, MD to the late Roger Harold Botsford, Sr. and Margaret Harlin Botsford.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Roanoke, but had previously attended Centralhatchee First Baptist Church.

Among the activities he participated in were singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and serving on the administrative board. He also served as the chairman of the Cemetery Committee at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church for several years. He adored young children and visited them often in the church nursery.

It was said that he was a “child whisperer”, and could calm any baby by holding them and showing them love.

He was a member of the Centralhatchee Masonic Lodge #403 F. & A. M.

He served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He earned the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Rifle Marksman Badge, and a Good Conduct Medal. He also served as a Field Music Bugler, and played “Taps”.

He was a hard working man who rarely remained still. After many years hauling cattle he settled down and purchased his family farm near Roanoke.

You could always find him working the ground his family tilled so many years ago. He loved to grow delicious food for the table and made sure his granddaughters knew how to grow their own gardens.

He was a quiet man who loved his family and held a special place in his heart for “his four girls”. He especially enjoyed getting together and eating with friends and family. He always made sure that he waved goodbye and told you how much he loved you when you would leave his home.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Botsford of Roanoke; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Brian Wiggins of Franklin; two granddaughters, Hannah Wiggins and Taylor Wiggins; four sisters, Peggy Carden of Roanoke, Lynn Robertson of Roanoke, Beth Strohm (Frank) of Valley, and Babs Hester (Don) of Roanoke; one brother, Roger Harold Lamp of Carlisle, PA; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

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