On September 8th, 2012, Ronald Lanier Bohler, most recently of Tybee Island, GA, passed from us and has found a new beach to roam. Ron was born in West Point, Georgia on September 23, 1941, where he grew up with his brother Bill and sister Edith and their loving parents William and Ardeth Bohler. Surrounded by the love of many uncles, aunts and their families, Ron often recounted fond childhood memories of his many cousins. In 1957, the family moved to East Point, GA where Ron graduated from Russell High School in 1959 and married Lillian Maxine née Pope. With Maxine, Ron had two children, Jeffrey and Cynthia, and four grandsons, Scott, Chris, David, and Samuel, and one great-grandson, Harley Joe.
Called for duty, Ron served with the U.S. Army in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service in 1966, Ron returned to Auburn, AL where he worked at Ampex and used his G.I. Bill to attend Auburn University. From Auburn, Ron followed his heart and the call of the beach by moving to Tybee Island, a place he loved very much, where he eventually married Virginia “Ginny” Dare Still of Walterboro, SC where he moved and helped her raise her four children: Victor, Susan, Cindy, and Lynn. With Ginny, Ron became “Paw Paw” with the birth of Wesley, Jennifer, Matthew, and Schuyler. While in Walterboro, Ron held many occupations including plant manager at Best Steel Industries, co-owner of the Bridal Aisle, and as an investigator for the Public Defender’s Office.
Yearning for a deeper relationship with his daughters, Ron left Tybee and lived for a year in LaGrange, GA, and spent quality time with his daughter Cynthia, her husband Keith, and grandchildren. Ron then moved to Vance, SC to spend a year with his step-daughter Lynn and her husband Brian the 1st (a joke between Ron and Brian). It was in Vance that Ron married his last love, Sharon Harty and returned to Tybee Island to enjoy the remainder of his life at the beach he loved so well.
Ron was preceded in death by his father, William Owen Bohler, Sr., his mother Nettie Ardeth Bohler, and his step-daughter Susan. Ron is survived by his wife, Sharon of Tybee Island, brother, William (Mary) Bohler, of Auburn, AL, sister Edith Carmichael of Valley, AL., children, grand-children, and great grandchildren listed below.
Ron was not big on labels, but loved and inspired love in many people. The following list of kith and kin will love and miss “Paw Paw”.
Children, Jeffrey (Judy) of Auburn, AL Cynthia (Keith) Bohler of LaGrange, GA Lynn (Brian) Wilson of Vance, SC Victor Still of Walterboro, SC Cindy Bohler of Walterboro, SC Sean (Wendy) Harty of Virginia Beach, VA Heather Harty of Asheville, NC Brandon Harty of South Bend, IN
Grandchildren, Scott (Melanie) Brewster of LaGrange, GA Chris Brewster of Stockbridge, GA David Bohler of Huntsville, AL Samuel Bohler of Prattville, AL Wesley (Elizabeth) Donahue of Columbia, SC Jennifer Poston of Goose Creek, SC Matthew (Erin) of South Bend, IN Schuyler Alexander of Ladson, SC Brianna Harty of Virginia Beach, VA Jasmine Harty of Virginia Beach, VA Isaiah Harty of Asheville, NC Isabel Harty of Asheville, NC
Great-grandchildren, Harley Joe Brewster of LaGrange, GA Bradley Weaver of LaGrange, GA Malachi Weaver of LaGrange, GA Alexis Poston of Goose Creek, SC Troy Alexander of Ladson, SC
Nieces & Nephews, Johnny (Deborah) Carmichael of Valley, AL Bill Carmichael of Lanett, AL Rhonda (Tim) Hill of Lake Martin, AL Robert (Cindy) Carmichael of St. Petersburg, FL Jim Carmichael of Lanett, AL Jennifer Bohler of Nashville, TN Patricia “Patty” Bohler of Nashville, TN Debbie (Mike) Whitley of Auburn, AL
Friends, Charles “Charlie” Wilson of Ellijay, GA William “Bill” White of Panama, South America
With such a blended family, an accidental omission may have occurred, please forgive us as a reasonable effort was made to include everyone.
Ron heard a song we could not hear, and walked a trail few could follow. Those that knew him, loved him, and those that loved him could never let him go from their hearts. It will be with sadness and celebration that the family will gather on Tybee Island in the near future to share our memories. If you would like to be notified of the date and time of this remembrance, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Memorial University Medical Center, Oncology Department.
Low Country Cremation Society is serving the Bohler family.