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Updated: 11/28/2013 08:00:01AM

Calvin Clayton Boggess

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Calvin Clayton Boggess, 78, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home, after a long illness.

He was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Fort Ogden, Fla., to Clayton and Pauline (nee Gilman) Boggess, and lived there his entire life.

Calvin attended school in Fort Ogden, and graduated from DeSoto County High School. He was baptized June 17, 1945, at First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, where Calvin was a member all his life. He was very active in the field of agriculture — cattle, citrus and farming, and spent the last several years concentrating on citrus, which was his passion. Calvin served two terms as County Commissioner, and 25 years as a director of Farm Credit of Southwest Florida. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Calvin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eloise (nee Williams) Boggess; son, Calvin (Shelley) Boggess of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Melanie (Dale) Hobbs of North Port, Fla., and Stephanie (Paul) Cummins of Cape Coral, Fla.; four sisters, Peggy Russell of Arcadia, Fla., Joyce (Ronald) Gracy of Ringgold, Ga., Diane (Steve) Nichols of Fort Ogden, and Patricia (Raymond) Christ of Milton, Fla.; brother, Clayton Boggess Jr. of Fort Ogden; and grandchildren, Aaron, Jacob and Joshua Hobbs, Hannah and Hill Boggess, and Conor Cummins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank Boggess; and grandson, Parker Boggess.

Friends and family may extend condolences from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at the Boggess residence in Fort Ogden. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Wayne Ernest. Burial will follow at Fort Ogden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, 9500 S.W. Hull Ave., Arcadia, FL 34269; or to Tidewell Hospice, 919 N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes.

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