Whitesburg KY

Former Cowan teacher Ray Boggs dies at 85



Ray Boggs, 85, died June 7 at Pikeville Medical Center.

Born in Flint ( Kingscreek) to the late Charlie and Victoria Ingram Boggs, he was a brother of the late Ivard Boggs, Vivian Combs, Reva Cornett, and Ina Hubbard.

He was graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1953, and attended Lee’s Junior College, then accepted his first teaching assignment at the one-room Upper Dry Fork School in the fall of 1954.

After teaching for one year, he joined the United States Army, and was trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. After serving in the military, he resumed his teaching career and taught in several one-room schools in Letcher County.

Mr. Boggs was a 1963 graduate of Pikeville College, and was among the first group of teachers assigned to Cowan Elementary, where he was the school’s first coach, coaching football, basketball, and softball. He was responsible for selecting the school’s Bulldog mascot, and the colors of blue and white.

He was retired in 1993 after teaching for 39 years.

Mr. Boggs was a longtime church deacon and was a member of Premium Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Ida Lillian Brown Boggs of Dry Fork; two sons, Stephen Boggs and wife Brenda, and Paul Boggs and wife Jennifer, all of Dry Fork; two grandchildren, Jessica Goad and husband John of Ice, and Shade Boggs and wife Jade of Dry Fork; a brother, Danny Boggs and wife Carolyn of UZ; and a sister, Joyce Cornett and husband Robert of Kingscreek.

Funeral services for Mr. Boggs were held June 10 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Benjamin H. Brown Cemetery at Dry Fork.

A celebration of life event will be held at a later date.

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