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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.


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.


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.


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. Truett has a daughter named Peyton. 

Truett enjoys playing the piano, spending time with his friends and his family and enjoys going on adventures with his daughter. 

Truett was most recently recognized for his nomination as one of Ellis County's 40 under 40 for 2019. 


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. 


Carl Smith

Carl Smith

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Carl is a graduate of the 1999-2000 class from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Carl is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Carl started his career in Funeral Service at a Mortuary Service in Dallas, Tx and began serving the Ellis County community during that time. After 14 1/2 years at the Mortuary, he left to serve the families in Waxahachie and Midlothian. Carl has been with Wayne Boze Funeral Home for 4 years.

    Carl feels he is living his dream, since he was a child, working in the business he has always dreamed of. Carl didn't start his career until he was 38. He believes it is not a career, but a Ministry, for he and his wife, Carrie. Carrie works alongside Carl in every aspect of the grieving process with families, from beginning to end.  We love being able to serve families in their toughest time of loss of family. 

    Carl attends the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Red Oak where he loves serving his community as well as his church, family and strangers. 

Carl is married to his wife Carrie Smith. They have 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Carl feels that God, family and Funeral Service are his calling and purpose in life. He takes it all to heart and soul. He would rather give than to receive.


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

Detail Clerk

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 Ambassador

Ron was born near Waxahachie in the Bell Branch and Five Points communities and graduated from Forreston High School and the University of Texas at Arlington.  After college he served for three years in the US Army as a helicopter pilot, 13 months of which was in Korea.

 

While in college Ron worked part time for Allstate Insurance Company and after the army stint he went back to Allstate and stayed over 37 years retiring in 2005.  He lives with his wife, Wanda, in Waxahachie.  They have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

 

Before coming to work for Wayne Boze Funeral Home hworked on numerous houses for Habitat for Humanity in Waxahachie.  He is active at Farley Street Baptist Church where he teaches a couple’s Sunday School class and plays guitar in his church’s Southern Gospel Band, On Bended Knee, in their mid-week service.  As a hobby, Ron enjoys learning and reciting inspirational, patriotic, humorous and cowboy poetry.   

 


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.


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. 


Gerald Spriggs

Gerald Spriggs

Funeral Ambassador

Gerald was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma and graduated from Edmond High School.  He received a B.A. in commercial art from Central State University, and later went on to receive his teacher certification from Baylor University. He also attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary. 

Gerald has worked in retail, advertising, construction and spent 22 years as an educator. He is currently a instructor at Painting With A Twist in Waxahachie. Gerald also painted the Heart that is on display at Getzendaner Park out side of the historic Chautaugua Auditorium.

Gerald and his wife Jo Ann ave been married for over 50 years and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

"I am a child of god, saved by the grace of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My desire in life is to serve Jesus by serving people. In that ministry I have served as Minister of Education for both Park Meadows and Eastridge Baptist Church as well as the Pastor of Rockett Baptist Church."

Gerald in his spare time enjoys painting, photography, softball, golf and fishing. 

 



Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace

Funeral Ambassador



Les Stout

Les Stout

Funeral Ambassador

Les is a native Texan, born in Mesquite raised in Kemp, Texas. After graduating from high school Les enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. He studied for about a year and a half. In 1994 Les needed change and moved to Florida, Orlando Florida to be exact and went to work for the mouse at Walt Disney World. After 7 years and his dad passing away in November of 2001 Les decided he had enough of Florida and wanted to be closer to family. Once back in Texas he did odd and end jobs not amounting to much until he met someone that was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Studying to get his EMT certification sparked his interest. He received his EMT in April of 2007 and worked on an ambulance for a good 11 years before getting burn out in November of 2018.  Needing and wanting to do something different, Les then decided the funeral home business would be a good fit for him. In April 2019 Les became one of the family members of Wayne Boze Funeral Home. Les stays pretty busy working 2 jobs and being active in nonprofit organizations.


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. 


Steve Hurst

Steve Hurst

Funeral Ambassador



Eddie Ballard

Eddie Ballard

Funeral Ambassador



Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith

Funeral Ambassador

 Carrie has been a Funeral Assistant for over 13 years working alongside her husband Carl.  Carrie and Calk are blessed to be able to do the work they have been called to do, helping others in their time of loss and grief. Carrie has been serving the families of Wayne Boze Funeral Home for the last 4 years. 

    Carrie and Carl have been married for 12 1/2 years. They have 6 children and 12 grandchildren and they enjoy spending time with family and friends as often as they can.

Carrie and Carl are members of the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Red Oak where they  are very active in the church and love serving their  community and others.


Matt Schuen

Matt Schuen

Family Service

Matt was born in Rochester, Minnesota and moved soon after to Kalamazoo, Michigan with his family.  Growing up, sports were always a large part of his life.  Matt played football, baseball, hockey and basketball from a young age, through high school.  Living in a small town, in the country, opportunities to fish, create, and build things outdoors were also readily available.

 

A lifelong Michigan resident, he attended Kalamazoo College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and business.  During college, he had the opportunity to participate in two foreign studies which changed his life forever.  After graduation, he returned overseas, travelled extensively, and spent three years in Japan where he would eventually meet his wife, Marlen, whom he married in 1994. 

 

Matt and Marlen had their first son, Matthew, in Manilla, the Philippines.  Shortly after the birth, they decided to move back to the United States and settle back in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Two years later, their second son, Nicolas, was born.  Family life was good to the Schuens, and Matt enjoyed coaching both sons’ lacrosse, hockey and football over the years.   Professionally, Matt started his career in the funeral service, in 1998, when he went to work for a preneed insurance company.

 

In 2016, Matt and Marlen had the opportunity to move south and get away from the snow and cold of Michigan.  They lived in Edmond, Oklahoma for two years, and then spent one year north of New Orleans.  In the summer of 2019, Matt and Marlen relocated to Mansfield, TX where Matt started his position as Sales Manager for Wayne Boze Funeral Home and Gateway Memorial Park.

 

Having started in the funeral/cemetery business in 1998, Matt considers it an honor to be able to work with so many families and to be able to protect so many people through preneed.  His passion for helping others is his driving motivation.  Happy to be settled in Texas, Matt remains an avid Michigan Wolverine fan, but the Cowboys culture is quickly growing on him!  Aside from sports, Matt and Marlen have been active in the Lutheran Church and several community and volunteer organizations.  They look forward to becoming active community members in the greater DFW area, as well.  When not at work, Matt and Marlen enjoy hiking/walking and spending time together outdoors.


Chris Bouche

Chris Bouche

Family Service

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. His wife Laurie is a teacher for Waxahachie ISD. Together they have a blended family with 5 kids and multiple 4 legged friends. He has been a retail leader for the last 16 years. Chris is a caring and compassionate person that assists families celebrating the significant lives that have been lived, and preserve memories that transcend generations, with dignity and honor. 


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