Robert "Big Papa" Boutwell

December 25, 1933 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 87)

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Robert E. Boutwell, age 87 of Opp, AL, previous & long-time resident of Okaloosa County, passed away on Saturday October 23, 2021. Robert was born in Montgomery, AL on December 25, 1933, to George & Ethel Boutwell. He began his career in the United States Navy as a butcher & after getting out of the Navy he had a lifelong career in Civil service at Eglin Air Force Base Commissary serving as the Meat Department Manager. Robert was a loyal lifelong Crestview High Bulldog supporter. He was an antique collector, leading him to open a flea market in North Crestview. He also was a wood crafting enthusiast making goodies for everyone. Robert was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a Master Mason & Shriner for 50 plus years serving with Old Spanish Trail Shrine Club & Ft Walton Beach Shrine Club. He was also a member of the Hadji Shrine in Pensacola and loved driving the Shriners go carts in the local parades. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers & sisters in law and his beloved wife, Pat Boutwell. Robert is survived by his "Sis" Doris Mauldin; daughters, Earlene Shores and her husband Johnny, Betty Jo Marcotte and her husband David; son, Bob Boutwell and his wife Linda; grandchildren, Missy & husband Davis, Jereme, Jason & wife Alicia, Steve & wife Sabrina, Joey & wife Angie, Nick & wife Christina, Amber & husband Rodney & Davey along with 15 great grandchildren special niece, Audrey Hash and husband, Lewis and their child Amanda & husband Matthew;  and several close nieces, nephews and great nieces & nephews and 100s of special friends. A time of visitation with the family will be held on Thursday October 28, 2021, at Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. The celebration of Robert’s life will be on Friday October 29, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with burial to follow in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at

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October 28, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home
436 West James Lee Blvd
Crestview, FL 32536

Funeral Service
October 29, 2021

1:00 PM
Emmanual Baptist Church
Highway 90
Crestview, FL 32536

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