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William Lanier "Boots" Oglesby

March 1, 1942 — November 24, 2020

William Lanier "Boots" Oglesby

Mr. William Lanier Oglesby, better known as “Boots,” passed away peacefully at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, with his daughter by his side. He was a lifelong resident of Elberton and was 78 years old.

Boots was born in Elberton on March 1, 1942, son of the late Joe and Lucille Helen Moon Oglesby. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a former member of Elberton Granite Association and was the owner of Oglesby Granite Sales and B & B Quarries. Boots never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face and a “thumbs up.” He loved his family, friends, and pets fiercely. He was truly one of a kind.

He is survived by his children: Amanda (Frank) Casey of Macon, Paula Armstrong of Elberton, and Ben Oglesby of Elberton; grandchildren: Christa Cobo, BJ (Britney) Oglesby, Patrick Armstrong, Zachary Armstrong, Lauren Casey, Peyton Oglesby, and Megan Casey; great grandchildren: Ason Grimes and Avery Oglesby; brother, Jerry (Beth) Oglesby; sister-in-law, Helen Oglesby and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Beverly Carole Albertson Oglesby; and his siblings: Wayne Oglesby and Jean (Pete) Smith.

Due to the coronavirus, a private celebration of Boots’ life will be held at the Berry Funeral Home Chapel with Father John Keeler officiating. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery.

Mr. Oglesby will lie instate at Berry Funeral Home from 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m. on Thursday, December 3, for those wishing to pay their respects and sign the guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to T. J. & Friends Foundation, Ramp Ministry of First Baptist Church of Elberton or to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Elberton.

Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory of Elberton is respectfully in charge of arrangements for Mr. William Lanier “Boots” Oglesby.

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Past Services

Lying In State

Thursday, December 3, 2020

9:00am - 4:30 pm (Eastern time)

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory

1 Berry Lane, Elberton, GA 30635

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