|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1892|
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1938|
Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Nov. 12, 1938, Saturday, pp. 1 & 16:
Services for Boatner Will Be Held Today – Prominent Local Attorney Dies of Gunshot Wound Inflicted Tuesday
Yandell Boatner, 47, prominent Shreveport attorney, died in a local sanitarium at 3 a.m. Friday from the effects of a bullet wound inflicted at his home, 1040 Delaware street, Tuesday morning when a .22 rifle discharged into his chest.
The rifle was discharged when Mr. Boatner sought to remove clothing from a closet, it was believed. There were no witnesses to the accident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today from the chapel of the Osborn funeral home with the Rev. Dana Dawson, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Dean R. E. Smith of Centenary college will assist Mr. Dawson. Burial will be in Forest Park cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Belchic, Charles G. Laskey, N. C. McGowen, A. A. Mason, Fred Simon, Dixon Carroll, Archie M. Simon and John C. Pugh, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Paul D. Abramson, C. R. Bates, C. W. Billeiter, C. N. Black, Charles H. Blish, J. Hubert Brown, Arthur Campbell, Clem B. Clarke, James G. Cowles, David E. Crawley, Judge Ben C. Dawkins, Ward Delaney, B. K. Dorman, Francis M. Fonville, W. H. Francis, L. Percy Garrot, F. J. Gaumer, Dr. J. M. Gorton, J. M. Grimmet, John T. Guyton, H. E. Harper, Leonard Hargrove, W. K. Henderson, Dr. W. B. Heidorn, Robert A. Hunter, Byron A. Irwin, Joseph E. Jackson, Melvin Johnson, Robert J. Kavanaugh, Richard Lake, Donald C. Laskey, A. A. LeJune, C. Huffman Lewis, C. W. Longwill, Frank J. Looney, Frank O. Looney, Pat Looney, Judge J. F. McInnis, George T. Madison, J. Norrie Marcantel, Lucien H. Marioneaux, Philip H. Mecom, T. M. Milling, Cecil Morgan, Harry A. Nadler, George T. Naff, W. M. Phillips, A. Olin Price, Gahagan Pugh, Henry E. Rondeau, O. D. Roshton, M. J. Sayer, Allen Sholars, Alex F. Smith, Frederick J. Stewart, C. R. Swank, John H. Tucker, John M. Vantrease, Bert Winham, W. C. Wilkins, C. C. Wood, and all members of the bench and bar of Caddo Parish and all members of the board of stewards of the First Methodist Church.
Mr. Boatner, a member of the legal firm of Pugh, Grimmet and Boatner, was born in Mississippi. His parents were Dr. F. L. Boatner and Mrs. Elizabeth Wills Boatner. At the age of 13 he moved to Wilson, La., to learn telegraphy and train dispatching under his brother.
He was graduated from the Louisiana State University with an A.B. degree in 1913 and with an LL.B. degree in 1916. While at L.S.U. he worked as a member of the staff of the Baton Rouge State Times. He later was employed by the New Orleans Item.
During the World War he served in the A.E.F. as an officer in the 334th Field Artillery, 87th Division. He was later commissioned a captain in the artillery reserve. He had been an honorary colonel on the staff of the governor of Louisiana.
Mr. Boatner came to Shreveport in 1919 and served for two years as assistant United States attorney for the western district of Louisiana and was for a short time ad interim U.S. attorney.
He became a member of the legal firm of Milling and Pugh to succeed Judge T. M. Milling in 1921. After the death of Mr. [John Crea] Pugh in 1926, J. M. Grimmet joined the firm, which became Pugh, Grimmet and Boatner.
Mr. Boatner was a member of the board of directors of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and was twice (1927 and 1928) president of the organization. He was also one time president of the Norwela council, Boy Scouts of America, and of the Shreveport Civitan Club.
Surviving Mr. Boatner are his wife, Mrs. Frances Robertson Boatner; a son, Yandell Boatner, Jr., 19, a student at Virginia Military Institute; two daughters, Frances Boatner, 17, a student at Centenary college, and Mary Elizabeth Boatner, 10; two brothers, V. V. Boatner of Chicago, and Burke Boatner of Hartford, Conn.; and four sisters, Mrs. Lester Greer of Potts Camp, Miss., Mrs. A. L. Smith of Gulfport, Miss., Selwyn Boatner of Santa Fe, N.M., and Mrs. Carl Timmons of Phoenix, Ariz.
Frances Goldsby Robertson Boatner (1894 - 1964)*
Forest Park East Cemetery
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