CHATTAROY – Pastor W.L. Bostic was honored with a retirement dinner at the Chattaroy Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC) this past Sunday after serving that congregation for 13 years.
But this is not the first time Bostic has retired – it’s the third time.
“I feel it’s necessary at this time. The Lord is leading me in this direction,” Bostic said at his retirement reception held at the church. “If you can’t do it 100 percent, this is not the type of job you can just give part of yourself to. It’s gotten to the point that I can’t do what I was able to do before. It’s time to get someone that is young and has a little more energy.”
Bostic, now 80 years old, began teaching at Belfry High School in 1959 and stayed there up until 1965. He began his coaching career at the old Sharondale Middle School and later at Belfry in the old Pike County grade school league.
After a very brief stay in Ohio working in another field, Bostic missed teaching and was hired as an English teacher at Williamson High School in December of 1965. He stayed at WHS for 15 years.
Many of his former students can recall learning Shakespeare and building a Globe Theater as part of his senior English curriculum.
“I had 42 years in education,” Bostic said. “The best time was being a teacher.”
Bostic also became a coach at Williamson Junior High, which was a part of the high school during that era. He coached football and basketball, having several championship teams. He later became the baseball coach for the WHS Wolfpack.
Bostic was then hired as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Mingo County in the 1980s. He served in that capacity for eight years. After an early retirement he and his wife Lucy moved to Florida in 1988.
However retirement was not in the plans for Bostic. He started teaching again in the Sunshine State and became an assistant football coach at Okeechobee High School.
Then he taught at Indian River Community College and did that for three years. He says he really enjoyed that position.
Bostic retired again and he and his wife owned two houses, the one in Florida, and the one back in Williamson, West Virginia.
He says the Lord led him to make a decision and both homes were put on the market. The house in Florida sold quickly so he and Lucy moved back to the Tug Valley area. If the house in Williamson had sold, he would have likely stayed in Florida. Once back home after his days in the south, he began preaching at various churches in the local area. He was eventually asked to take over at CMBC.
Bostic began his tenure at the Chattaroy church in June of 2002.
“This has been the best 13 years of my life,” Bostic said. “Doing the Lord’s work has been the most gratifying thing I have done.”
People have often asked Bostic what was the difference in preaching and teaching and he stated with a hardy laugh “the congregations.”
During his time at CMBC they built a new fellowship hall and named it for former church member Jimmy Kohari. He said the church made other improvements during his tenure that he is proud of. He did some of the carpenter work himself, along with volunteers and mission groups.
“I had a lot of good help along the way,” Bostic said.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the job right away,” he added of the Chattaroy pastor’s position. But after a few months he became the regular pastor at CMBC.
“They have some of the greatest people here at this church,” Bostic said. “I love every one of them.”
“We’ve enjoyed our stay here,” Bostic said.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)