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Robert D. Boxley, 81, owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants

Robert D. Boxley
Robert D. Boxley

WILMINGTON — Robert D. Boxley, 81, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born March 4, 1937, in Montgomery, West Virginia, son of the late Alphonso Price Boxley and Rachael Barksdale Boxley.

Mr. Boxley graduated from Mount Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1955. He received an Associate Degree in Arts Degree in 1960 from Wilmington Junior College and Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in Management and Marketing in 1972 from Morris Harvey College, now Charleston University, Charleston, West Virginia.

He was employed with Ranger Fuel Corporation (Pittston Company), in the production of coal in and around Beckley, West Virginia from 1960 to 1975. Mr. Boxley was later employed with Singer Corporation as a supervisor with Babcock and Wilcox, Wilmington, from 1975 to 1979.

He was an owner and operator of McDonald’s restaurants, with two stores in Cumberland, Maryland, and one in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. His stores earned the prestigious Ronald McDonald Award in 1989 and 1992.

His memberships included, Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church, the East Wilmington Rotary Club, St. John’s Lodge No. 1 A.F. & A.M., Sudan Shrine Club of New Bern, and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Bodies, Wilmington. He was also a member of Court 117 Royal Order of Jesters, in Cumberland, Maryland, and Cape Fear Model Railroad Society and Cape Fear Western Railroad Club. Mr. Boxley served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Reserves. Besides model railroading, he also enjoyed playing golf.

Surviving is his loving wife of 57 years, Brenda Crump Boxley; sons, Robert D. Boxley Jr., and his wife, Julia, of Virginia Beach and William P. Boxley, and his wife, Andrea, of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Daniel, Michael Dean, William Price and Alexander (Zan) Boxley; twin brother, Benjamin W. Boxley, and his wife, Carol Moreland Boxley; and brother, Alphonso Price Boxley III, and his wife, Dale Sneed Boxley.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to services. Following the service, entombment will be held in Oleander Memorial Gardens, Wilmington, with Masonic rites and military honors.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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