Billy Joe Boutwell

Funeral services for Billy Joe Boutwell, 83, of Monticello, were held July 21, 2020, at Monticello Baptist Church in Monticello with burial following in the Monticello Baptist Church Cemetery in Monticello. Bro. Sam Taylor and Bro. Dale Authement officiated the services with Wilson Funeral Home handling arrangements.
Pallbearers were Cole Authement, David Lightsey, Ryan Authement, Mondo Buffington, Collin Lightsey, AJ Raiford, Caleb Authement, Billy Glenn Edwards, and Mike Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Sammie Henry’s Sunday School Class and the Lawrence County District II Road Crew.
Mr. Billy Joe, passed from this life on July 18 at The Aspen Living Center of Brookhaven. He was born on Feb. 22, 1937, in Brookhaven, to Fleet Smith Boutwell and Bertha Smith Boutwell.
Billy Joe Boutwell and Shelby Jean Williamson finished high school at Monticello High School in May 1955. He and Shelby Jean married Sept. 2, 1955. He was soon hired by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Billy Joe and Shelby Jean moved to Michigan and for the next three years, they were sent from state to state, sometimes for three weeks and sometimes six months. Susan was born in August of 1958 in Kittanning, Penn. In 1962, the couple returned to live in Wanilla, where they have lived for 58 years. Billy Joe had his trucking business for 30 years and retired. He was elected supervisor of Lawrence County District II and remained in the office for 27-1/2 years. He retired March 4, 2019, for health reasons.
Preceding him were his parents; and brother, Paul Fremont Boutwell (Barbara).
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Shelby Boutwell; daughter, Susan Lightsey (David); grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Authement (Ryan), Julie Susanne Buffington (Mondo), Collin David Lightsey; great-grandchildren, Caleb Michael Authement, Colton Ryan Authement, AJ Raiford, Jilian Keene Raiford, Jasper James Raiford and Addison Grace Buffington; one sister, Rena Faye Boutwell Edwards (Cletus); nieces, Paula Jane Wilson (Ronnie), Janice Nelson Henry, Belinda Stokes (Bill); nephews, Michael Cletus Edwards ( Karen), Billy Glenn Edwards (Kim); and a host of family and friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. James Stephens and the wonderful people at The Aspen of Brookhaven. Thank you, Monticello Baptist Church, for your prayers, calls, and kindness; to Ken Hedgepeth, Bro. Richard Green, and Sammie Henry and his Sunday school class. And thanks to all of you all over the county for every kind word and deed.