Remembering Ray Boswell

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 6:47 PM CDT
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A longtime Lauderdale County supervisor died Wednesday night at 73-years-old due to heart-related issues.

Ray Boswell captured the attention of Lauderdale County from the day he took office in 1988. He was known for having strong opinions and wasn't afraid to say anything he was thinking, no matter how it came across.

He put that kind of heated passion toward saving the taxpayers' money, making it a top priority on the Board of Supervisors to vote down many ideas that could be costly to his citizens.

His District 5 constituents were fiercely loyal, keeping him in office for 20 years. Boswell was elected supervisor from 1988 to 1996, when he was beaten out by Jerry Creel, then again from 2000 to 2012 when he was beaten by Kyle Rutledge. But not everyone was as supportive.

The former supervisor made his fair share of enemies, and had multiple run-ins with law enforcement. One of the most infamous confrontations was between Boswell and Sheriff Billy Sollie in 2010 when a discussion over cell phone plans became heated.

Beneath the exterior of his tumultuous career, Boswell was also a family man. He leaves behind three daughters and six grandchildren.

Boswell's life has had a resounding impact for his family, his county and everyone who knew him.