According to those close to Bostick, the 83 year-old passed out in court and was taken to the hospital by ambulance and then taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Lymphoma also killed Bostick’s son Hank in the 1990s.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church.

Although he’s forever associated with Tift County, Bostick was born in Waycross in 1922 and moved to Tifton when he was 6 years old.

Friends remember him as a fiesty southern orator who never shied away from public service.

“My first memories of Henry were of him playing football,” Former Tift County Commission Chairman Charles Kent recalls. “He was very good in the backfield and that team he was on nearly won state.”

From there, Bostick joined the war effort as a sailor stationed aboard the U.S.S. Tinerosa, a submarine positioned in the Pacific. It was there that Bostick distinguished himself through multiple engagments with Japanese forces.

When he came home he entered the law school at Mercer University and began a long and storied law career.

Tift Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Gary McCorvey described Bostick as a compassionate lawyer who often took impoverished clients knowing they couldn’t pay him for his work.

“He was always, no matter what situation his client was in, he made sure everyone would have a good laugh,” McCorvey said. “His clients loved him and he cared about them too and it wasn’t just money, because a lot of them couldn’t pay. Quite frankly, there will be a void in the local Bar where Henry did a big service for them.”

It wasn’t long before Bostick ended up in public service, running to fill a seat at the Georgia General Assembly. Bostick spent 26 years as Tifton’s representative and garnered an impressive reputation amongst his peers.

“Anytime we were looking for grant money or some other initiative from Atlanta, Henry was right there to help push it along,” Kent said. “When he lost out to Austin Scott a lot of his collegues came down to rename part of highway 82 after him. That’s how much they cared.”

But above all, it seems that Bostick was a vocal supporter of veterans and their rights, as he was always a fixture at veterans’ events.

“He was a champion for veterans,” McCorvey said. “He was proud to be a veteran and he loved this country and fought for this country. Any Memorial Day or Veterans Day, Henry Bostick was going to be there and speaking out for them. He was a good man.”

Bostick leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth Turner Bostick of Tifton; a son, Mike Bostick; and three daughters, Cindy Bostick, Pat Dunn and Joy Branch.

For detailed obituary information see Page 2A.

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