William J. "Billy" Boles passed away peacefully on September 1, 2019.
Mr. Boles was 95 years old and a life long resident of Duluth, GA. He was a member of Duluth First United Methodist Church and the Duluth Masonic Lodge #480 F&AM for over 65 years. Mr. Boles was a veteran of the U.S. Army and fought in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a POW but escaped to safety. Billy was awarded two bronze stars as well as other medals. He was finally awarded his POW medals in 1989, after waiting 45 years, in a ceremony at Fort McPherson.
Billy was in the U.S. Army 7th Armored Division Organization (serving as President for 8 years), the Battle of the Bulge Association as well as several other organizations. He was retired from Latex Construction Company after 56 years of loyal and dedicated service. In his earlier days, he was one of the race car drivers that started NASCAR in 1948 with Bill France, Sr.
Billy is survived by his three daughters, Beverly Cantwell, Sandra Lamar and Diane Greer; sister, Betty Ruth Singleton; brother, Jimmy Martin; grandchildren, Billy Donau, Lisa Greer and Media Medrano; great grandchildren, Krystal West and Ashley Hutto; great great grandchildren, Kinsley and Ethan Hutto and Parker and Bradee West.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Duluth First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross.
The family will receive friends Monday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, (770) 476-2535.