Wayne Boze Funeral Home
1826 West Hwy 287 Business
Waxahachie, TX 75165
972-923-2700




Management & Office Staff

Management & Office Staff | General Staff



Wayne Boze
Wayne Boze
Donald Wayne Boze,  born in  Waxahachie, Texas March 23, 1951 to Patrick Wayne Boze and Jessie Beryl (Chisholm) Boze.  Wayne has three sisters, Laura Linda, Nancy Gail and Bettie Beryl.  He graduated High School from Waxahachie in 1969 and upon graduation attended UT Arlington and Navarro Junior College in Corsicana.   He joined the Texas Air National Guard in December 1969, training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, and Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls and was stationed at Hensley Field/Dallas Naval Air Base 136th Combat Support in Grand Prairie.  While in High School and college he was a weekend Jailor for the Ellis Co. Sheriffs Department under Sheriff Wayne McCollum and a member of the Waxahachie Emergency Corps (later Waxahachie Rural Fire Dept.)

    From an early age through high school Wayne assisted his father at Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home as an ambulance driver/attendant and funeral attendant; compensation was a gasoline allowance.  Wayne graduated from Tyler Junior College in 1972 with an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement.  While in College he worked part time for Lloyd James Funeral Home, became the first cadet for the Tyler Police Department, and joining the Tyler Police Department full time in 1971 and was promoted to Detective in 1974.  He later moved to Proctor, Texas, leasing his Grandmother Chisholm’s farm.  While he was farming/ranching, he was employed with the Dublin Police Department and Commanche County Sheriffs Office.  Later he entered the oil field as a roughneck, motor hand, and a derrick hand, working in Central, East and South Texas.  While employed with the Delta Drilling Company in the Beaumont area, he met and later married Maria (Maggie) Squalia  on November 20,1982.  They have raised three children, Billie Faye (Squailia) Manz, Patrick W. Boze, and JD Boze and his wife Amanda.  They also have one grandson , Ethan Wayne Boze. 

    In 1988 he was asked to return to Waxahachie to represent the family for the new owners of Boze-Mitchell funeral home.  He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service receiving an Associates Degree and License in 1990.   Wayne resigned from Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in 1993 and worked for a funeral home in Ft. Worth before returning to Waxahachie in 1996.  Wayne started Boze Memorial Inc. dba, Wayne Boze Funeral Home in February 1997 in the old Rips Bar-B-Q building on Ferris Avenue.   With cooperation from our local Churches and ministers, we were able to serve 54 families the first year, 84 families the second year and in 2000 moved to our current location which was the old skating rink.  We have grown to serving 160 to 200 families per year,  and acquired the Red Oak Funeral Home in 2004.

     Wayne is still an active owner/manager/funeral director/embalmer that is proud to say that he believes he has put together and acquired the best team of funeral directors, embalmers, and staff, full time and part-time, anywhere in the state to serve our families.  Grandfather Arthur T. Boze started our family tradition in 1910 as an embalmer with the Spalding  Furniture and Undertaking company in Waxahachie.  The Spalding company went out of business during the crash of the 1920’s.  He had several partnerships; Boze-Omohundro, Martin Boze, Boze-Ashcraft.  In 1937 the county Judge declared Wayne’s dad, Pat Boze, an adult at age 17 to continue the Partnership of Boze-Ascraft  after his father Arthur passed away.  Wayne’s dad received his embalmers license in 1939 and funeral directors license in 1940.  Mr. Ashcraft sold out to Mr. Saxon and Mr. Champion, becoming Saxon-Champion-Boze.  While Wayne’s Dad was serving in the Navy during WWII, Mr. Champion decided to sell out.  At that time Saxon-Boze-Mitchell was formed and a 50 year partnership ensued.  The Saxon name was dropped in the mid 1950’s.  Also while Wayne’s Dad was in Mortuary school he was part of the Civil Defense and was one of the student embalmers at the New London School Explosion.  A few years later he was sent to The Texas City Explosion, participated in numerous tornado disasters, and the Braniff Airline’s crash at Dawson Texas.

    Before Pat Boze married Jessie, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sunday School teacher, and Boy Scout member and Leader.  His pastor Dr. D.A. Chisholm became his father-in-law and Wayne’s grandfather, (Popeye).  Wayne was raised in the First United Methodist Church, was a member of the New London Methodist Church while living in New London, rejoined First United Methodist in 1988, and later joined the Waxahachie Bible Church where he is currently a member.  Wayne was also in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts going through the Order of the Arrow.

    Wayne has always been involved in the community, serving as past President of the Waxahachie Optimist Club; past board member of the Waxahachie Salvation Army; past board member of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and currently serving in the Waxahachie Lions Club.



Brad Shotts
Brad Shotts
    Brad Shotts was born October 8, 1966 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Dolphus and Catherine Shotts.  He was raised in Tyler and Chandler, Texas and graduated from Brownsboro High School in 1985.  He attended Tyler Junior College from 1986 to 1988 and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1994 with a degree in Mortuary Science, becoming a license funeral director and embalmer.  Brad married Amy Payne Shotts in April of 1995 and they have two children, Blaine and Braylee.  Brad began working in the funeral industry in 1988 in Tyler and after working in the industry for 14 years, he and his family moved to the Dallas area where he managed funeral homes in Plano and Dallas.  Brad and his family then moved to the Austin area and continued in funeral home management before relocating back to North Texas.
Brad began working at Wayne Boze Funeral Home on October 15, 1997.  He serves as a funeral director and embalmer and loves working and serving the Waxahachie community!  He is a former member of the Waxahachie Rotary Club where he served on the board from 2010-2012; he currently serves on the board of the Gingerbread House of Waxahachie, a child advocacy center for Ellis County; and serves on the Child Fatality Board of Ellis County.

  He enjoys singing, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.



Gayle Underwood
Gayle Underwood
  Gayle was born August 17, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Gordon L. and Gaylia Underwood. A 1985 graduate of Ozona High School in Ozona, Texas and a 1988 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Gayle started his career in funeral service in Ballinger, Texas in 1988 and moved to Waxahachie in December 1989 to work for Boze Mitchell Funeral Home where he worked from 1990 to January of 2000, serving as funeral director and manager. In March 2001 Gayle went to work for Wayne Boze Funeral Home. Gayle married Brandy Brown January 20, 1990 in San Angelo, Texas. In June 1997 they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Savannah Underwood. Gayle was a longtime member of the Waxahachie Optimist Club and served as President over the years and is a current member of the Waxahachie Lions Club. He attended the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce Leadership Waxahachie in 1999 and served on the Board of Directors for the Ballinger Chamber of Commerce. Gayle enjoys hunting, watching his daughter in all her sporting endeavors, playing golf and softball.



Timothy Bass
Timothy Bass
Timothy W. Bass

I moved to Midlothian from Grand Prairie in the 2nd grade after the death of my father. I grew up in both towns. My grandmother, who had a had in raising me, still lives in Grand Prairie and I spent my weekends there and still got to church there at Indian Hills Baptist Church. I graduated, with honors, from Midlothian High School in 1989. I built a house in Midlothian, about a half mile from my parents. I live there with my wife, Shannon, my oldest son, Andrew ‘Drew” Bass and my newborn son, Zackary. I have a third son, who lives with his mother in Austin.

I view being a funeral director as a calling, much like ministers. I have always wanted to have this career, since I was very young. When asked as a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I always had the same answer, “I want to be a Mortician”. I consider this career as the best way to help my fellow man… to be of assistance to someone at the absolute worst times of heir lives, to be able to offer comfort and guidance to honor the wishes of their loved ones.

I graduated from Mortuary School and went to work, as an apprentice, for Stephenville Funeral Home. After serving my apprenticeship and obtaining my Funeral Director/Embalmer license, I moved back to the DFW area and became a shift manager for Professional Morticians in Fort Worth. This company went out of business and I took a job as a Funeral Director in Grand Prairie for bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home. I worked there for approximately 6 years.

When I got the opportunity to return and work close to my home town, I took it. I then worked for a Funeral Home in Waxahachie, staying here for about 5 years. Feeling a little ‘burnt out’, I left Waxahachie and took a job as the Anatomical Embalmer for The University of Texas Southwest Medical School’s Willed Body Program. We processed the donors who ‘willed’ their bodies to science, preparing the donors for anatomy classes for the Medical School.

I then had an opportunity arise for me to buy into my own company. I purchased Lone Star Mortuary Service in Austin, Texas. I stayed in Austin until my son was born in November of 2009. Upon returning to Midlothian, I partnered with Wayne Boze at Wayne Boze Funeral Home to run a trade service, embalming and cremation facility. This side company of the funeral home only does business with other funeral homes.

I am involved in my community, I am a member of the Waxahachie Lions Club, being the director in charge for the Lions Club Mini Grand Prix Race. I also belong to the Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite and am a volunteer for the North Texas Disaster Response Team. I like doing things outdoors; my family and I love to kayak, taking trips every year and also enjoy SCUBA diving, doing most of my diving in Panama City Beach, Florida.

I am looking forward to many years at Wayne Boze Funeral Home and look forward to serving and giving back to my community.



James Self
James Self
  James Self moved to Waxahachie in 1976. He retired as owner of Self Jewelers. James served on the Waxahachie City Council from 1985 to 1990 and was Mayor of Waxahachie from 1989 to 1990. James was voted Lion of the year in 1985 and is a member of the First Baptist Church. He began working at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in 1997 and married Gloria K. Self in 1956.



Sue Prewitt
Sue Prewitt

    Sue Prewitt

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the retirement of Sue Prewitt.  Sue began her career with Wayne Boze Funeral Home September 2, 2000.   Sue has touched so many hearts and has made such a difference in the lives of so many!  She never looked at her position as a job, but as a ministry.  We already miss her sweet spirit and contagious smile and the way she always lifted spirits, not only for us but for the families we serve.  Thank you Sue for your endless dedication!

We love you Sue!

   Sue Prewitt was first introduced to the funeral industry in 1997 in McCrory, Arkansas.  After her mother died, she and her sister were caregivers for their dad when she started doing visitations and office work for the local funeral home.  Being a pianist, she had played for funerals since she was a young girl. Her father died in 1999 and Sue returned to Midlothian to be with her family.  She wrestled with the idea of working in a funeral home for a year before she made the decision to put an application in at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home.  She was hired that Friday afternoon, asked to do a visitation that night and work in the office on Saturday.  Her fulltime office job began on Monday of the following week, September 2, 2000.
 
    Sue considers her job, not necessarily work, but a ministry.  Having experienced the death of a seven year old daughter, she feels she can relate to those family members who come in to make arrangements for their children.  During such a difficult time, there is little that can be said to help the family but sometimes just being present is all that is needed.  In her situation, knowing that she had a connection with someone who had previously been through the same experience was comforting to her.  The needs of each family are unique and different and the funeral home staff strives  to meet each family’s personal need.
 
    Sue attends Water Street Baptist Church, Waxahachie, where she is organist.  She and her husband, James Earl Prewitt, live in Midlothian.  They are the parents of two sons, Norman and his wife Vickie, Youth Minister, Jason and his wife Jessica; and daughter, Melanie; granddaughter, Twyla; grandsons, Jonathan, Chance, Josh, Jacob and Jonas.

    Her hobbies are scrapbooking and cross stitching. She loves spending time with her family.



   



Office Manager

Cindy Dillbeck
Cindy Dillbeck
Cindy joined our team in October of 2011.  Her caring and compassionate heart has not only blessed us but also the families that we serve.  Cindy graduated from Waxahachie High School and loves serving in our community.