Sunday, February 4, 2018

Lena Boatner

Ms. Lena (Massey) Boatner, 91, passed on Saturday February 3rd, 2018 in Oxford, MS. Visitation will be held at Evergreen Baptist Church in Louisville, MS on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00-11:45 followed by a Graveside Service at Noon officiated by Bro. Albert McMullen.

Lena was born in Winston County on August 31st, 1926 to Silas Massey and Mary Jane Upchurch. She was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church of Louisville. She served at church as a Sunday School teacher, Nursery worker, and a member of the women’s ministry. Lena and her husband owned and operated Boatner’s Jewelry store in Ackerman, MS. After moving to Louisville, Lena worked as a seamstress at Perry’s Department store and Barney’s Alterations. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening, her rocking chair(s) and visiting friends. Lena was a simple lady that loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart. She put others first and loved her friends and family dearly.

Lena is survived by her three granddaughters, Heather Bouchillon of Louisville; Holli Ratcliffe and her husband Andrew of Oxford; Stefanie Powell and her husband Cpt Gabe Powell of West Point, NY; and her son-in-law, Mike Bouchillon of Louisville. She has five great grandchildren: Grayson, Massey, Jett, Eloise, and Amelia-Jean.

Lena is preceded in death by her husband, Mearl F. Boatner; her daughter, Janie Bouchillon; her son, Doug Boatner; and her siblings: Robert Massey, Margaret Barton, Morris Massey, James Massey, Roy Massey, and Troy Massey.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lena may be made to Evergreen Baptist Church of Louisville, 230 Evergreen Church Road, Louisville, MS 39339 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at