PRESTON VERNON BODDY JR, was born on July 31, 1953 to the late Preston Vernon Boddy Sr and Lillie Reed Boddy in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He departed this life on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Preston received his early education in the Harford County Public School System and later graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1973. Upon graduation he became employed at Firestone. He took an interest in driving tractor trailers and went to school to obtain his Commercial Driver’s License. After driving trucks for a few years he became an owner operator for Werner Enterprise until he retired.
In February 1970, Preston became a first time father of a baby girl named Maria. On his birthday in 1976, Preston married Darlene Boddy. From that union, they had two daughters: LaKesha and Sherry.
Preston gave his life to Christ and joined Word of Faith in 2001. He was baptized in Jesus name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. While attending Word of Faith Preston was the number 1 bus driver. He would drive the church anywhere they were going. In addition, he drove the bus for Growing in Life and The Word Outreach Ministry in Edgewood. Not only did he drive for the Outreach Ministry but he helped the children and taught them how to fish when on camping trips. Preston attended Gary Whitestone Worldwide Ministries of Biblical Studies in New Castle, Delaware where he received his biblical studies certificate in 2002.
Preston was loved by everyone he came in contact with. He looked forward to the yearly cookouts he and his wife had where everyone anticipated eating his fried fish. He enjoyed listening to old-school music, but he loved gospel recording artist Fred Hammond. He enjoyed fishing, eating crabs, watching westerns, WWE, and football. One of his favorite pastimes was hanging with his friends at the Sunoco gas station.
Preston leaves to cherish his memory: two daughters, Maria (Derrick) Kirlew, Fayetteville, North Carolina and LaKesha Boddy, Windsor Mill, Maryland; three grandchildren, Caleb Wise, Derrick Kirlew Jr. and Malia Kirlew; two sisters, Cecilia (Ernest) Brown and Vanessa Grimes; three brothers, Stanley (Bonnie) Grimes, Jerome Grimes, and James Jenkins; 3 close friends, Willie Williams, Lamont (Boo Boo) Hall, and Donald Donaldson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Preston is preceded in death by; father, Preston Boddy Sr; mother, Lillie Boddy; wife, Darlene Boddy; daughter, Sherry Boddy; brothers, Bryant Boddy and Nathaniel Grimes Sr; and sister, Cheryl Caldwell.