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Brooklet-Statesboro stretch of 80 to be named for Dr. Bohler

    The stretch of U.S. 80 between Brooklet and Statesboro will be officially known as the Dr. Charles Emory Bohler Highway after a special dedication ceremony  held  prior to the opening ceremonies of the Brooklet Peanut Festival Saturday.
    State Representative Bob Lane submitted a request for the dedication, said Brenda Howard, Georgia Department of Transportation communications spokesperson.
    Lane requested"that a portion of State Route 26 , U. S.  80,  from the eastern city limits of Brooklet to the eastern city limits of Statesboro" be named for Bohler, she said.
    The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold the road dedication ceremony Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Brooklet, just before the festival parade begins, she said.
    "The DOT only provides the signs for these dedications," she said.  "Requests are made by our senators  or representatives and then all requests must go through the legislation."
    Lane was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
    Bohler, a well-known and beloved local physician, died Sept. 9, 2006 at age 81. He was under hospice care for a brain tumor that had been diagnosed only seven weeks earlier. He was the founder of Bohler Family Practice in Brooklet.
    Bohler would be pleased with the road dedication, said his wife, Billie Bohler.
    "I think  he would be very honored," she said. "We were very pleased and surprised. My children are very happy. He would be very humbled and pleased by it."
    Susan Holland, a licensed practical nurse who once worked for Bohler, said the honor is well-deserved.
    "I think he would be so pleased, and very  grateful," she said. "I can see him smiling - he will be smiling" during the ceremony.
    Holland said Bohler was " the kindest, most caring person. Whatever it took to see about a patient, he did, whether they had money or not. He loved his patients, loved people."
    Shortly after Bohler's death almost a year ago, several area residents shared fond memories about the popular doctor. Many local residents who were treated by Bohler as children also took their children to him for treatment.
    Frank Rozier grew up knowing Bohler. A couple days after his death, he recalled Bohler's dedication to patients.
    "His passion was to practice medicine," he said. "He treated everybody the same, and believed he was put here to treat people. Money was not his priority."
    Bohler "treated people out of the back of his car, on back door steps, anywhere," he said.
    Melvin Johnson, Georgia DOT area permit engineer, said DOT District Engineer Glenn Durrence and Area Engineer C. R. Jackson will attend the dedication ceremony. "The signs are already in place and will be unveiled Saturday."

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