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Clem Boatright, First Choral Director, Home With the Lord

Former CCC faculty member Clem Boatright, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, October 23, 2011, from his home in Brevard, NC. As the first choral director at Clearwater Christian College, Mr. Boatright was highly influential in the establishment of the distinctive music philosophy of the college and played an integral part in the founding of the college. His high standard of musical excellence, love for the Lord Jesus Christ, and infectious smile were the trademarks of his ministry at the College.

Mr. Boatright was born in the Tarrer Inn in Colquitt, Georgia, in 1923. After high school and a brief period at Emory University, he enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II. After the war, he was persuaded to study music; a decision that began a highly successful and rewarding career. With a masterís degree in music from Louisiana State University, Clem held a number of voice, opera, and choral positions at various schools and universities. In 1970, he joined the college family to launch the College Choir and music program. Initially, he served part-time at CCC and full-time at neighboring St. Petersburg Junior College until our program was developed fully. In 1986, he retired from teaching and moved near family in western North Carolina. Even in his retirement, Clem continued to use his musical talent and experience at the Brevard Music Center and the local churches he attended.†

Mr. Boatright was recently honored at the 2011 Choir Reunion of the College with a dedicatory choral piece written by alumnus Nathan Burggraff.

Mr. Boatright is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, and is survived by his children, Karen, Jan, Lynn, Clem Jr., and Rusty, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 27, at the Philadelphia Baptist Church in McAlpin, FL. A memorial service will also be held Saturday, November 12, at the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Brevard. The family has asked that in honor of their father, donations should be sent to Clearwater Christian College or Friends of Israel. Notes may be forwarded to the family in care of Linda Thomas, 34 Reeves Road, Brevard, NC, 28712.