Former mayor Harold Boney honored for community service

Dick Watkins, fourth from left, presents an award of recognition and appreciation for community service to Birch Springs resident Harold Boney. Members of the Birch Springs Property Owners Association Board, from left, include: Garland Hobgood, Gwen Drescher, Harvey Galloway, Watkins, Debbie Balmer, Boney, Fritz Drescher, Charlie Macaluso, and Ted von Keller. | Barbara Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – The Birch Springs Property Owners Association of Blythewood presented one of their own, Harold Boney, an award of appreciation and recognition for over 45 years of service to the Association and the Blythewood community. The award was presented by board member Richard Watkins during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

A native of Blythewood, Boney served as the first mayor of Blythewood (1972-1976) and as president of the Property Owners Association for 39 years (1976-2015).

“In all of this, he has been an example of leadership and public service,” Watkins said. “He has made a distinctive and valued contribution to the Blythewood community.”

Boney moved his family into a new home in Birch Springs on Dec. 12, 1976, where he has lived ever since. He served in the U.S Army, 82nd Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. from 1953-1955.

“You have made a great difference in our community which has benefited all those who have had the privilege and honor to live in Birch Springs, Town of Blythewood and beyond,” Watkins said.