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Wayne Boze

Wayne Boze

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.


Gayle Underwood

Gayle Underwood

General Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer

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.


Gerald Isaacks

Gerald Isaacks

Funeral Director/Embalmer

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.


Gary Mills

Gary Mills

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Gary graduated from Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth in 1987, then served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. In 2012, Gary returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and began his journey in the funeral industry at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services where he was the recipient of the revered Bill Pierce Award and has been a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer since 2015. Gary has been married to his wife Barb for 20 years and they have two girls, Nicole, and Brittany, as well as granddaughter Ellie and grandson Elijah. Gary is honored by the opportunity to earn the trust of a family encountering a keystone moment in their lives and serves with a genuine desire to do God’s work by serving the needs of his community.


Chris Bouche

Chris Bouche

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Chris was born and raised in San Diego California. In 1995 after graduating high school he joined the United States Air Force and proudly served our country for 4 years. Chris moved to Ellis county in 2001. He has been a retail leader for the last 16 years. Chris is a caring and compassionate leader that assists families celebrating the significant lives that have been lived, and preserve memories that transcend generations. 


Eddie Ballard

Eddie Ballard

Funeral Ambassador

Eddie was born in Jacksonville, Texas and currently resides in Waxahachie, Texas, with his wife of more than 55 years, Ruth Ballard, who is a retired teacher.  They have two children and two grandchildren.  Eddie serves as pastor of a small church in Bardwell, Texas, and also does chaplain work through Marketplace Chaplains.  Eddie has served in churches for almost sixty years, with twenty-five of those years as pastor.  Almost every morning during the school year, he goes to an elementary school and opens car doors for children whose parents bring them to school.  He has worked at Wayne Boze Funeral Home for the past three years.


Jim Fuller

Jim Fuller

Funeral Ambassador

Jim has been with the Wayne Boze family since 2011 and has served as our Director of Audio and Visual services for the last 8 years. Jim puts his personal touches on our tribute videos we make for our families.

He was born in Ruston, LA, later moving to Columbus, NE where he graduated from high school, after which he moved to Arlington, TX with his parents and siblings. Jim enlisted into the Army Security Agency where he proudly served for four years, the last eighteen months of which were served in Viet Nam. While stationed at Fort Walters in Mineral Wells, TX he met his wife Pat. Pat taught school for 37 years, the last 25 years at Northside Elementary in Waxahachie. Next July they will be Married for 50 years. They have three sons and daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren. 

After the military Jim went to work for the Western Electric Co., a subsidiary of the AT&T Corp. After seven years Jim transferred to Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. He retired from AT&T as a Senior Technical Consultant in the Network Engineering Dept. after 33 years. 

Jim & Pat joined the Farley Street Baptist Church in 1973 where they both taught youth and adult classes and sang in the choir.  Jim enjoys spending time with his family and working in his yard.


Steve and Rhonda Hurst

Steve and Rhonda Hurst

Funeral Ambassadors

Steve and Rhonda were married in 1991 and  have their home in the Rockett area.  They have been blessed with 2 sons, a daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren.  They worship at Oaks Church and enjoy the outdoors.  Steve and Rhonda consider it a privilege to serve at Wayne Boze Funeral Home because … “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve".       (Mark 10:45) 



Jimmy Mitchell

Jimmy Mitchell

Funeral Ambassador

Jimmy Mitchell is a lifelong resident of Waxahachie and has been associated with Wayne Boze Funeral Home since 1997 when Wayne Boze returned to his hometown. During their high school days Wayne and Jimmy were making ambulance calls for Pat Boze (Wayne’s Dad). After spending three years in the Navy in Vietnam he returned home and married Linda Hitt on May 18, 1974 and recently celebrated their 46th anniversary. They have one son, Jon Boyd. Jimmy retired after 30 years at the Dallas Zoo. He has been a volunteer fireman with Ellis County District #6 since 1968. He grew up in the Ferris Heights UMC but has been an active member of the Bethel United Methodist Church since 2005. He and Linda have been rescuing German and English pointers for more than 20 years. Jimmy considers it a great privilege to assist families when they have lost a loved one.


Elaine Stracener

Elaine Stracener

Funeral Ambassador

Elaine Stracener was born in Dallas on February 10, 1943. She grew up in Dallas and graduated from Kimball High School in 1961. She married James in 1965. They have lived in Dallas, DeSoto and moved to Waxahachie in 2006. Elaine has two sons and three grandchildren. She started to work at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in January of 2012.  Elaine helps with visitations and in the office on the weekends. She enjoys working with people and believes it is a blessing. 


Bruce Utley

Bruce Utley

Funeral Ambassador

Bruce started at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in February of 2012. Bruce was born and raised in Denison, Texas. Bruce is married Gloria in 1965. Together they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Bruce and Gloria enjoy working together and serving families in their time of loss and they see the work they do as a Ministry. Bruce and Gloria are active members of Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie. 


Gloria Utley

Gloria Utley

Funeral Ambassador

Gloria was born in Montague, Texas. She attended school and graduated from Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas. My special gift from God is Hospitality. I love to help people in anyway way that I can. I enjoy working with my husband Bruce at Wayne Boze. Gloria is an active member at Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie and joined the Wayne Boze family in April of 2019. 


Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace

Funeral Ambassador

Paul was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  In 1970 his father was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee where I graduated from High School.  

Paul moved to Waxahachie in 1974 to attend college.  In 2013 he retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 32 years of service.  In 2014 Paul came to work for Wayne Boze Funeral Home as a funeral ambassador and support services.

Paul has been married to Barbara Wallace for 29 years who is a retired teacher from Waxahachie ISD. We raised four children who are adult and have five grandchildren.  We are members of Victory Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas.


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