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 William Augustus Bootle Sr.

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William Augustus Bootle Sr.

Birth
Round O, Colleton County, South Carolina, USA
Death
25 Jan 2005 (aged 102)
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Burial
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Plot
Front Lawn, Lot 7
Memorial ID
30284659 View Source

District judge who helped oversee desegregation in the American south.
The federal courthouse and post office building in downtown Macon is named in his honor. Contributor: Kelby (47297253)
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Judge William A. Bootle
MACON — Judge William A. Bootle, 102, died Tuesday at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday at First Baptist Church with burial in Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. Dr. Robert Setzer and Dr. Kirby Godsey will officiate. The family will meet friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., Friday at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street and may be contacted at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Hall, 111, 4701 Braeburn Lane, Macon. They suggest that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 511 High Place, Macon, GA 31201 or to Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, GA 31207.
Judge Bootle was born August 19, at a spot called Round O, which is just South of Walterboro on what is today Route 17-A running through Walterboro to Charleston, SC. His mother was Cara Lilla Benton Bootle, his father, Phillip Loraine Bootle.
Judge graduated from Reidsville High School and Mercer University. He graduated from Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law in 1925. He married Virginia Childs in 1928. Judge Bootle was appointed U. S. Attorney by President Herbert Hoover in 1928 and U. S. District Judge by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.
Judge Bootle, in the face of popular and State Government opposition, ordered the admission of African-American students to the University of Georgia and successfully navigated through tumultuous social currents to find an avenue for peacefully and successfully desegregating Bibb County's Schools. He courageously ordered Voter Registrars to allow African-Americans access to the polls.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a life trustee for Mercer University.
Survivors include his daughter, Ann Bootle (Ellsworth) Hall of Macon; two sons, Dr. William Augustus (Brenda) Bootle, Jr. of Warner Robins and Dr. James C. (Betsy) Bootle of Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Bootle Herp and her husband, Dan Herp of San Francisco, William Augustus Bootle, III of St. Simons Island, Dr. Virginia Childs Hall and her husband, Dr. John D. Putzke of Jacksonville, FL, Ellsworth Hall, IV of Macon, Katherine Bottle Attie and her husband, Alexander of Paris, France, Robert Ashley Butler and his wife, Stephanie of Cumming and David Ashley Butler of St. Simons Island; five great grandchildren.
Visit www.mem.com to express tributes. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements. Obituary transcribed by David Hutchins Israel

District judge who helped oversee desegregation in the American south.
The federal courthouse and post office building in downtown Macon is named in his honor. Contributor: Kelby (47297253)
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Judge William A. Bootle
MACON — Judge William A. Bootle, 102, died Tuesday at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday at First Baptist Church with burial in Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. Dr. Robert Setzer and Dr. Kirby Godsey will officiate. The family will meet friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., Friday at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street and may be contacted at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Hall, 111, 4701 Braeburn Lane, Macon. They suggest that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 511 High Place, Macon, GA 31201 or to Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, GA 31207.
Judge Bootle was born August 19, at a spot called Round O, which is just South of Walterboro on what is today Route 17-A running through Walterboro to Charleston, SC. His mother was Cara Lilla Benton Bootle, his father, Phillip Loraine Bootle.
Judge graduated from Reidsville High School and Mercer University. He graduated from Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law in 1925. He married Virginia Childs in 1928. Judge Bootle was appointed U. S. Attorney by President Herbert Hoover in 1928 and U. S. District Judge by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.
Judge Bootle, in the face of popular and State Government opposition, ordered the admission of African-American students to the University of Georgia and successfully navigated through tumultuous social currents to find an avenue for peacefully and successfully desegregating Bibb County's Schools. He courageously ordered Voter Registrars to allow African-Americans access to the polls.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a life trustee for Mercer University.
Survivors include his daughter, Ann Bootle (Ellsworth) Hall of Macon; two sons, Dr. William Augustus (Brenda) Bootle, Jr. of Warner Robins and Dr. James C. (Betsy) Bootle of Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Bootle Herp and her husband, Dan Herp of San Francisco, William Augustus Bootle, III of St. Simons Island, Dr. Virginia Childs Hall and her husband, Dr. John D. Putzke of Jacksonville, FL, Ellsworth Hall, IV of Macon, Katherine Bottle Attie and her husband, Alexander of Paris, France, Robert Ashley Butler and his wife, Stephanie of Cumming and David Ashley Butler of St. Simons Island; five great grandchildren.
Visit www.mem.com to express tributes. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements. Obituary transcribed by David Hutchins Israel

Bio by: Joe Garcia


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