Floyd Jackson “Jack” Boling Jr. died Jan. 21, 2021. He fought bravely to survive until his family was all able to say goodbye. He was 88 years old and had a long, happy life.
Jack was born in Chatham County, North Carolina on Aug. 20, 1932 and raised in Siler City to parents Emily Jennings and Floyd Jackson Boling Sr. and has two sisters, Emily Grace White and Elizabeth Strand.
He attended Siler City High School and graduated from Fishburne Military School.
He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and returned to Siler City to work tirelessly at the Boling Chair Company, becoming president at age 33. With company plant locations in Siler City, Liberty and Mount Olive, Jack enjoyed exercising his private pilot’s license to visit the operations and employees in each town.
Jack lived by the Golden Rule and applied its principle in life and all business dealings at the Boling Chair Company — with suppliers, with employees and with customers.
He was active in his community as a volunteer fireman and was a member of several organizations including: Rotary Club of Siler City, serving as past president and recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow; and Siler City Chamber of Commerce, serving as past president. He was a member of the Siler City Masonic Lodge No. 403, a member of the Scottish Rite and a Shriner.
He was a member of several boards: Siler City Library, Siler City Airport, former First Union, Chatham Hospital Board of Trustees executive committee and Sprint Mid-Atlantic. He was named Small Businessman of the Year in NC by the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. He was also past president of the Government in Business Council of North Carolina.
After years of living in Siler City, he moved to Uwharrie Point and lived on Badin Lake. He continued being active in the community serving on boards at Uwharrie Point and was the past president of the UPCA. He contributed to various agencies such as Hospice of Montgomery County.
Jack was also proud to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1947, he attended the 6th World Scout Jamboree held in Moisson, France; the first after World War II. He also served honorably in the United States Army, achieving the rank of corporal. He was stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico working on the initial phases of the Military Missile Projects.
In addition to loving his community and family, he loved grilling his famous “FJB burgers” and watching Duke sports, especially when Duke beat Carolina. He was a loyal Duke fan.
Jack enjoyed several hobbies, many of which centered around family and friends.
He loved growing many varieties of roses and sharing them with friends. His love of golf earned him two holes-in-one. Most of all he loved antiquing with his wife, Joan.
Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; his four children, son Jackie Boling (Wanda) of Siler City, Susan Reece (Buddy) of Uwharrie Point, Ann Langer (Steve) of Lafayette, Colorado, and Sarah Bouchelle (Dave) of Suwanee, Georgia; his six grandchildren, Gardner Reece (Angela) of Winston-Salem, Miles Boling (Miranda) of Siler City, Jamie Safulko (Andy) of Englewood, Colorado, Ian Langer of Seattle, Washington, and Anna and Mia Bouchelle of Suwanee, Georgia; and his three great-grandchildren, Clara and Evan Jackson Reece, Merritt Boling, and Baby Boy Boling due in February, who will carry on the Boling family name.
He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren more than anything. He was very proud of his family as they were of him. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 26 West North Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 or a charity of one’s choice.
Smith & Buckner funeral home is assisting the Boling family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com