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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Wayne Boze

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.


Gayle Underwood

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.


Gerald Isaacks

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.


Truett C. Calvert

Truett C. Calvert

Funeral Director

Truett Chase Calvert was born and raised in Ellis County and has been a long time resident of Waxahachie. He graduated from Midlothian High School in 2007. Truett began his career in funeral service while attending East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. In 2010 he returned to Waxahachie to attend the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Truett has been a licensed funeral director since 2011 and has served families in the DFW area since. He joined the staff of Wayne Boze Funeral Home In November of 2018. 


Amy Havens-Poole

Amy Havens-Poole

Funeral Director

Amy Poole was born and raised in Palestine, a small East Texas town. That small town is where she learned the true capacity of what serving her community meant and started the ball rolling on becoming a professional in this industry. Amy enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where she graduated in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service. She served her apprenticeships after graduation and became a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator/Arranger in 2013. She continued to serve the communities of Dallas/Fort Worth throughout her career. Amy, her wife Taeya and son Jaiden made the decision to settle down in the great community of Waxahachie, Texas where she joined the family at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in 2019. In helping families during times of need, she has prided herself on her instinct toward empathy and attention to detail. 

Prior to that, Amy served in the United States Air Force from 2004 through 2009, where she was stationed in Germany, Nicaragua and Korea as a Civil Engineer, specializing in water systems. During her time in the service, she graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in 2009 with an Associate in Environmental Systems Technology. 

Amy is a member of the Red Cross, Women in Black, Dallas County Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association, American Legion, and the North Texas Corgi Group. 


Bri Fowler

Bri Fowler

Office Manager

Bri Taylor, grew up in Waxahachie.  She enjoys gardening, planting flowers and is an avid dog lover.  She loves spending time with her family and her husband, Nick Fowler.  Most of all, Bri loves helping others.  She has always wanted a job where she could fill that calling in her heart.  This is just one reason why we are so happy to have her as our Office Manager.  Her warm voice and caring smile help those who are hurting when they come through our doors.  Thank you Bri.


Sue Prewitt

Sue Prewitt

Administration

Sue Prewitt was born and raised in McCrory, Arkansas and made her way to Texas in 1982. She began her career in the Funeral Profession in September of 2000 for Wayne Boze Funeral Home. She started with the company as a Visitation Attendant and quickly moved into the position of Detail Clerk because of her keen eye and attention to the families she serves.

Sue is involved in the Continuing Care Program at Wayne Boze Funeral Home, as well as the Bereavement and Grief Share Programs at Farley Street Baptist Church where she has been a proud member since 2010.


Ron Craddock

Ron Craddock

Funeral Director Assistant



Jim Fuller

Jim Fuller

Funeral Director Assistant



Lionel Hazard

Lionel Hazard

Funeral Director Assistant



Butch Nelson

Butch Nelson

Funeral Director Assistant



Bruce Utley

Bruce Utley

Funeral Director Assistant



Perry Estepp

Perry Estepp

Funeral Director Assistant



Gerald Spriggs

Gerald Spriggs

Funeral Director Assistant



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