Founder/Funeral Director/Community Leader
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.