Edward "Ted" Theodore Boggess, 86, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, February 3rd. Ted was a devoted family man, talented architect, and committed member of the community. Ted was born October 26, 1932, in Charleston, WV, to Elma and Arthur Boggess.
He was proceeded in death by two sisters, Vivian Boggess Elledge and Christie Boggess Hamilton, and is survived by his brothers Jack and Richard Boggess.
Born in Charleston, WV, Ted had his first small business by the age of 6, shining shoes in order to provide a means of support for his family. As he grew, he became an exceptional student, a young man with a gift for the arts, and an athlete who excelled in several sports. At 18, he joined the Navy during the Korean War. He was stationed in Tully, Greenland, where he helped to build the Air Base, served on the Admiral's Flag, and later played baseball for the Navy in the Caribbean. He served for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1955.
Ted graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School, served 4 years in the Navy, and completed his architecture degree at the Ohio State University. Having been the first in his family to go to college, he returned home to Charleston after graduation and was one of the first employees of the firm Zando Martin & Milstead. As fate would have it, a government project, the new Wood Products Lab near Princeton brought the young architect to town to administer the contract. During his time on the project, Ted started meeting locals and generating work for the firm. He quickly realized that this area had a great deal of potential and he had a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact by starting his own architectural practice. Ted moved his young family to Princeton and started E.T. Boggess Architect, Inc., in 1966. He specialized for many years in church design and held the distinction of having designed more than 130 churches during his career, more than any other West Virginia architect. The firm has been active for more than 50 years and throughout his long illness, his love and passion for architecture was still very clear and present in his mind every day. He left behind a beautiful architectural legacy that would only be eclipsed by his love and devotion to his family.
Ted married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jeanne Burford in 1953. Together they were the proud parents of three sons: Jeffry Theodore, Todd Edward, and Timothy Doyle. Ted and Jeanne were married for twenty-two years until her tragic passing in May of 1976. In 1978, Ted was designing a church in Tampa, Florida, and sought assistance through an old friend and Navy buddy, who had also become an architect, Lee Scarfone. Lee introduced him to his office manager, Kendra Stahle, and they married six months later. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary of marriage. Ted enjoyed being referred to as Concord University's "First Gentleman" during the period while his wife, Kendra, serves as its President. His other beloved titles were being called "Dad", "Pop" "Grandpa" and "Pawpaw." His greatest pride was in his six "amazing, beautiful, perfect, and wonderful grandchildren," Alyssa Jeanne and her husband, Brandon McDuffie, Madeline Elise, Benjamin Edward, Atticus Jake, Olivia Jeanne and Sadie Anne.
As his firm grew, Ted became more and more involved with his local community. Now having three young sons, he was actively involved with and committed to the establishment of the Little League Baseball and Football Associations in Princeton. He tirelessly served on multiple committees that raised the funds and obtained support for the new Princeton Community Hospital. Ted was also an original member of the group that helped bring professional baseball to Princeton. He served in the Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, including as President in 1970; and was a member of the Princeton Planning and Zoning Board and both the Elks and the Kiwanis Clubs. While attending the Princeton First Church of God on Mahood Avenue, he served as Chairman of the Board, as Sunday School Teacher, and in nearly every other capacity with the local church, as well as serving for ten years as a member of Warner Press Board, the national publishers of the COG. He was a Charter member of the Concord College President's Club, and a member of the Southern Plumbers.
Ted is a member of the American Institute of Architects, was a registered architect in 9 states, was a member of IFRAA (Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture), and he proudly served more than 25 years on the WV State Board of Architects, having been appointed to that role by five different WV governors. Ted was noted for being one of the longest serving members of NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) with more than 25 years of service, including service as the Chair of the NCARB Education Committee. With NCARB, Ted was Past Region II Coordinator for NCARB Intern Development Program, Past Chairman National Education Committee, Past Member Procedures and Documents Committee, Past Member, Professional Development Committee, Past National Association Accreditation Boards Team Member. These committees were responsible for establishing educational requirements for new architects and evaluating architectural programs at colleges and universities throughout the country. In 2001, Ted received the distinguished Member Cum Specialis award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of NCARB.
In addition to his professional recognitions, Ted was recognized for his contributions to the community, ETB Architect, Inc. was recognized by the PMCCC for their 50 years in membership in 2018, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award - 2016, * Princeton/Mercer County Chamber of Commerce "Excel Award" - January, 2011, * WVAIA "Honor Award" for Renovation Design of the Princeton Public Library - April 2012, * WVAIA "Merit Award" for the WV Tourist Information Center - 1995.
Those left to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife, Dr. Kendra Stahle Boggess; Three sons and their spouses, Jeff and JoEllen; Todd and Sharon; Timm and Gina; Six loving grandchildren, Alyssa Jeanne and Brandon McDuffie; Madeline, Benjamin, Atticus "AJ", Olivia and Sadie. Two brothers, Jack and Richard along with his Aunt, Helen O'Hara. His special caregivers that loved him dearly, Annie Myers, Terri Vest and Nancy Stover. His extended family both present and past employees of ET Boggess Architect, Inc.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Hospice Compassus for their care.
A time of gathering & sharing will be held Friday, February 8, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Chuck Mathena Center, 2 Stafford Common, Princeton.
Services to Honor and Celebrate the life of Ted Boggess will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019 from the Princeton Presbyterian Church, 1809 West Main Street in Princeton with Pastor Ed Pettus officiating.
Following his services on Saturday, the family will honor his request, he will be cremated and at a later date entombed at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Bluewell WV. Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Boggess, Todd Boggess and Timm Boggess, Ben Boggess, Atticus Boggess and Brandon McDuffie.
The family would like to thank all our friends and our amazing community for the great outpouring of love and prayers in the loss of our patriarch, Ted.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Concord University Foundation at https://www.concord.edu/tedboggess.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com.
The Boggess family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
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