Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Wayne Boze Owner/Funeral Director

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.

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Bradley Shotts Funeral Director

Bradley began working at Wayne Boze Funeral Home on October 15, 2007. He serves as a funeral director and embalmer and loves serving the Waxahachie community.  He and his wife Amy have two children, Blaine and Braylee. 

 

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Gayle Underwood Funeral Director

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.

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Brooke Nastoupil Miller Funeral Director

Brooke is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and received her degree in 2007. She then moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where she served her apprenticeship and obtained her Louisiana Funeral Director and Embalmer’s license. In 2010, she decided to move back home and reciprocated her licenses to Texas. Brooke is married to Jesse Miller and they have 2 children, Lanilynn and Jesse Lee. Brooke enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Earl Lowrey Funeral Director

Earl Lowrey and his wife, Rita grew up in Kilgore, Texas.  Earl and Rita moved to Waxahachie from Louisville, KY where they retired as Pastors and managed funeral homes in KY for 17 years.  Earl's compassion for the families we serve is easily seen.  Earl and Rita lead our Grief Recovery meetings for the families we serve and our community every first Monday of each month at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m.  Come and attend, you are sure to be blessed. 

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Gerald Isaacks Funeral Director

Gerald Isaacks lives in Waxahachie.  He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1998 where he received his mortuary science degree and was awarded the prestigious Bill Peirce Award.  Gerald began working for Wayne Boze Funeral Home in 2002.  He has been married to his wife, Cynthia for 30 years and they have 4 adult children, who were all raised in Waxahachie.  Gerald and Cynthia have a family farm south of Waxahachie where they enjoy spending time together.

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Cindy Dillbeck Office Manager

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.

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Lyall Kirton Administration

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James Self Funeral Director Assistant

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.

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Ron Craddock Funeral Director Assistant

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Butch Nelson Funeral Director Assistant

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Jim Fuller Funeral Director Assistant

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Lionel Hazard Funeral Director Assistant

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Bruce Utley Funeral Director Assistant

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Perry Estepp Funeral Director Assistant

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Gerald Spriggs Funeral Director Assistant

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Byrum Wilsford Funeral Director Assistant

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Dawn Davis Visitation Attendant

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Sue Prewitt Visitation Attendant

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 Farley Street Baptist Church, Waxahachie. She lives in Waxahachie and has two sons, Norman and his wife Vickie, Youth Camp Director and Minister, Jason and his wife Jessica; and daughter, Melanie and her husband, Benjie Russ; granddaughter, Twyla; grandsons, Jonathan, Chance, Josh, Jacob, Jonas and Judson; and great grandsons, Bentley and Max. 

Sue was preceded in death by her husband, James Earl on September 11, 2014.

 

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

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Sherran Alexander Visitation Attendant

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G. O. Cavasos

Wayne Boze

Owner/Funeral Director
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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.

Bradley Shotts

Funeral Director
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Bradley began working at Wayne Boze Funeral Home on October 15, 2007. He serves as a funeral director and embalmer and loves serving the Waxahachie community.  He and his wife Amy have two children, Blaine and Braylee. 

 

Gayle Underwood

Funeral Director
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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.

Brooke Nastoupil Miller

Funeral Director
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Brooke is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and received her degree in 2007. She then moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where she served her apprenticeship and obtained her Louisiana Funeral Director and Embalmer’s license. In 2010, she decided to move back home and reciprocated her licenses to Texas. Brooke is married to Jesse Miller and they have 2 children, Lanilynn and Jesse Lee. Brooke enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Earl Lowrey

Funeral Director
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Earl Lowrey and his wife, Rita grew up in Kilgore, Texas.  Earl and Rita moved to Waxahachie from Louisville, KY where they retired as Pastors and managed funeral homes in KY for 17 years.  Earl's compassion for the families we serve is easily seen.  Earl and Rita lead our Grief Recovery meetings for the families we serve and our community every first Monday of each month at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m.  Come and attend, you are sure to be blessed. 

Gerald Isaacks

Funeral Director
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Gerald Isaacks lives in Waxahachie.  He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1998 where he received his mortuary science degree and was awarded the prestigious Bill Peirce Award.  Gerald began working for Wayne Boze Funeral Home in 2002.  He has been married to his wife, Cynthia for 30 years and they have 4 adult children, who were all raised in Waxahachie.  Gerald and Cynthia have a family farm south of Waxahachie where they enjoy spending time together.

Cindy Dillbeck

Office Manager
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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.

Lyall Kirton

Administration
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James Self

Funeral Director Assistant
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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.

Ron Craddock

Funeral Director Assistant
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Butch Nelson

Funeral Director Assistant
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Jim Fuller

Funeral Director Assistant
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Lionel Hazard

Funeral Director Assistant
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Bruce Utley

Funeral Director Assistant
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Perry Estepp

Funeral Director Assistant
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Gerald Spriggs

Funeral Director Assistant
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Byrum Wilsford

Funeral Director Assistant
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Dawn Davis

Visitation Attendant
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Sue Prewitt

Visitation Attendant
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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 Farley Street Baptist Church, Waxahachie. She lives in Waxahachie and has two sons, Norman and his wife Vickie, Youth Camp Director and Minister, Jason and his wife Jessica; and daughter, Melanie and her husband, Benjie Russ; granddaughter, Twyla; grandsons, Jonathan, Chance, Josh, Jacob, Jonas and Judson; and great grandsons, Bentley and Max. 

Sue was preceded in death by her husband, James Earl on September 11, 2014.

 

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

Sherran Alexander

Visitation Attendant
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G. O. Cavasos

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