Eddie James Boatwright
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 28, 1953
  • Date of passing: Jan 17, 2016
Let the memory of Eddie be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Eddie Boatwright, 62, born on November 28, 1953 and passed away on January 17, 2016. We will remember him forever.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor his memory by making a donation to the “Dr. Eddie Boatwright Scholarship Fund”. Please send your donations to:


Dr. Eddie Boatwright Scholarship Fund

Foundation for Compton Community College District

1111 E. Artesia Boulevard; Compton, California 90221


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Evette Hemmons on 23rd January 2018

"I know your singing to Aunt Nee today.  Missing you and your Hugs."

This tribute was added by Evette Hemmons on 13th December 2016

"Hey Cuz, as we approach the Anniversary of your transition and the Holiday's are here, we miss you more than we have all year long.  We Miss your mighty Hugs, your laughter and presence.  You are there with some special relatives.  All of you are with us with special Love this Holiday Season and ALWAYS!
Love, Evette"

This tribute was added by Fernando Rodriguez on 2nd October 2016

"I meet Dr.Boatwright at El Camino Compton Center I took both his Anatomy and Physiology classes. I had recently made a return to school and decided to have a change of careers. I can honestly say he has been one of the most inspiring people I have meet in my journey towards a career in healthcare. He was a great professor that not only in my opinion prepared students for their next chapter in education but inspired them to push themselves. He truly made me believe that I would be able to handle the course work that I am currently doing and will finish soon. I cannot say enough how well  prepared I am today in my schooling because of his teachings. He was giving his students a solid foundation not only in Anatomy/Physiology but also in believing in yourself( specially for students like myself who come from very humble families). He was a great mentor and will be greatly missed. I am glad students at the Compton Center had the luck of being taught and mentored by him. Rest in Peace Dr. Boatwright- one of your students/mentees"

This tribute was added by Connie Bridgeforth on 18th May 2016

"My "Bruzzin" Eddie and I have shared so much together throughout our lives, he was born exactly 2 weeks before me and our little trio of trouble -makers aka crumb-snatchers consisted of Calvin, Eddie, and me!
I recall Eddie not being in trouble too much cause he would watch what Calvin and I did, and then not do the same thing. HE WAS MANIFESTING HIS BRILLIANCE EVEN THEN...
I am so thankful for the blessings he brought in his life to our family and to all the communities he interacted with..
Many a Fiskite (graduate of Fisk University) is grieving his transition at this time now..

To my Dearest Brother-Cousin, you are with me always, I think about you whenever I hear birds singing cause you where a handsome songbirg....

Rest in peace,

      Sister-Cousin Connie"

This tribute was added by Ronnie Bridgeforth on 15th April 2016

""Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
unseen, unheard but always near,
still loved, still missed, and very dear.


This tribute was added by Ryan Lauderdale on 8th March 2016

"My brotha Boat!

My Dad first introduced you as Dr. Boatwright but soon after you hired me to be your trainer you became Boat (at your request lol)! You came a long way in your fitness journey. You started at over 330lbs and in a fairly short amount of time we got you to lose about 100 lbs. That was a proud moment in both of our lives.

I was in attendance at your funeral and it was great hearing so many stories of others find memories with you. There were many there that knew you much longer than I have. Nonetheless, I will forever treasure the things I learned from you. You always had a spirit of perseverance, focus, gratefulness, kindness and love to name a few. Thanks for your encouragement, guidance, letters of recommendation for school you wrote on my behalf, mentorship, and for being an example of how to love, be loved and give love.

Rest in peace my brotha.

Your trainer,

Ryan Lauderdale"

This tribute was added by Frederick Simpson on 1st February 2016

"There is a hole in my heart my dear cuz, brother, friend, and mentor. That hole will not be filled till I see you again in heaven - I miss you so very much Eddie.....


This tribute was added by Adrian Lee on 28th January 2016

"Papa Boat,

Gone to soon...My warmest and most memorable moments of Dr. Boatwright was on my first visit to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2011 to visit Alyce while she was working on Capitol Hill. Papa Boat spoke on the importance of voting, the importance of voting in Northern Virginia, how to work hard on achieving my dreams by furthering my education, and he gave me the courage to speak up, to sell myself, in order to get the best job and opportunities that life has to offer. He was one of the best cooks, mentors, fathers, professors, and Fisk University Alumnus that I know! Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember Papa Boat! May the love of family and friends comfort you Alyce & Mama Boat during these difficult days. My heartfelt condolences.

-Adrian L. Coleman
Son Ever on the Alter,
Fisk University
Class of Twenty '11"

This tribute was added by Felicia Noble-King on 28th January 2016

"Going to miss you dad and I liked to thank you for delivering my first gift from God your first granddaughter. And for always being there for all of us through good and bad times .And for stepping up when are mother passed away mrs.argie boatwright and for sharing your amazing voice with us singing here now by Luther around the house. From your daughter Felicia king and family. Until we meet again"

This tribute was added by Jasmine Lott on 28th January 2016

"Papa Boatwright made some of the BEST food! I still think of him every time I make that white cheesecake recipe from him. Alyce, your father left a huge impression on me in my undergrad years. He was the best roommate dad ever! Always making sure we had food, fun, and "cookie" muffins (though u know what we actually called them). He is such a warm spirit that was so friendly, motivational, and knew NO strangers. He always told me to call him if I ever needed anything, and that meant a lot. His undergrad stories were the craziest, and his love for going on the boat at homecoming never ended. I am here for you whatever you may need, and I love you. My warmest condolences to you, your brother, your mom, your best friends, and the Boatwright family."

This tribute was added by Brandi Surratt on 27th January 2016

"Alyce, Tommy and Angie, you guys are in my prayers. Rejoicing in the fact that Eddie was loved and knew Jesus as his personal savior.

All my love,
Brandi "Toosie" Surratt"

This tribute was added by Rosa Sudderth-ralph on 27th January 2016

"I love DR BOATWRIGHT I knowing him for a lot when I was junior high school. He was a very nice person and had a great attitude and even great person. He is truly missed"

This tribute was added by Katrina Embisan on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Boatwright wasn't only an amazing instructor, but one of the most thoughtful and caring individuals I've ever met. He pushed me to be the student I am now, and inspired me to do my best even in the toughest of times.  Without his support and belief in my abilities I probably would've never pursued nursing.  I owe so much to him and know many of my peers feel the same.  He always took on a father-like presence with his students and it saddens me to know that we've lost such an intelligent, but also compassionate, tacher.  May he rest in peace.  Thank you for everything Dr. Boatwright! Eternally grateful."

This tribute was added by Phuong Le on 24th January 2016

"My name is Phuong and I had Dr. Boatwright as my physiology professor at Compton college for the fall 2015. He was a great teacher and an inspirer. He made me think twice about my career path, and I'm forever grateful for the things that he taught/ told me. May Dr. Boatwright rest in peace and God will be with him and his family through tough times. My condolences."

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Alyce Boatwright
Diane Benton


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