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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

For nearly a century, Reverend William Boddie has lived the following statement:

"The way one lives is more important than what one says, and you can do more good by being good."

Living by such a philosophy has made Boddie the kind of man people want to remember. Perhaps that is the reason why Phenix City council approved the renaming of 10th St. to "William Boddie Street" this morning, Feb. 4.

Another reason is that Boddie has lived in his home on 10th St. for over eight decades.

"I started out in a barn," he says. "There was a rooster. There was a hen, and we had many chicks. But now, the hen has gone and all the chicks are out. 'Ain't nothing in the barn now but the old rooster,' I say. And he can't even crow any more."

Boddie raised all eight of his children, and one grand child, in the home.

Reverend Boddie has already sounded the alarm by devoting his life to the ministry throughout the state of Alabama for 57 years. He has spent the last 20 years as a Presiding Elder of Gaines Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Phenix City, Ala.

"To do what I believe the Lord wanted me to do," Reverend Boddie adds.

When he learned about the honor Phenix City was giving him, he said, "It makes me feel humbled because I never dreamed that such recognition would be given in honor of a person of, what I consider to be very low esteem, because I was very young here."

Phenix City Mayor, Eddie Lowe, says the renaming is the city's way of repaying Reverend Boddie for the work he's done for the city.

There is no word yet on when it will actually take place. Count on News Leader 9 to continue following this project.

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