Mr. Joe Boze Lifelong farmer and businessman Mr. Joe Boze of the Tanglewood Community died at 2:35 p.m. Friday afternoon June 9, 2017 at The Pavilion in South Carthage following a period of declining health. He was pronounced deceased at 4:40 p.m. by Avalon Hospice. Mr. Boze was 87.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Monday afternoon June 12th at 1 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Jackie Dillehay and Bro. Taylor Gregory officiating. Burial followed in the Gazebo Garden at Dixon Springs Cemetery with Edward L. Anderson officiating.
He was born Joe Allen Boze in the Defeated Creek Community on September 4, 1929 and was one of ten children of the late Clarence Fisher and Mamie Annie Dillehay Boze.
All nine of his siblings preceded him in death, an infant who died at birth, Lucy Woodard, Hilda Gray, June Shoulders, Marie Woodard, Dewitt, James and Prentice Boze and his last sibling to die was Robbie Oldham who died December 30, 2016 at the age of 83.
On August 4, 1950 he was united in marriage in Gallatin by Rev. Edgar Brown to Kempville Community native the former Mary Ruth Hailey.
In 1965 he moved his family from their Kempville Community farm on Salt Lick Creek Road to Carthage and constructed the Tanglewood Cinema, the first movie theater since the Princess Theater in downtown Carthage burned in the late 1950’s. The Tanglewood Theater also was destroyed by fire and Mr. Boze and his wife constructed the facility back as the Happy J Skating Rink. It has been said of Mr. Boze that he taught many young Smith County children to roller skate. The facility is now operated by the family as the Tanglewood Events Center.
Mr. Boze also loved singing and was a member of the Cousinaires which was composed of himself, Jack Dillehay, Robby King Swann and Harold Halliburton with Joe Hiett as the piano player.
Mr. Boze was saved at an early age and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Cornwells Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Since moving to Carthage he would often attend the North Carthage Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife of almost sixty seven years are their two children, a daughter, Nita Boze Reid and husband Brian of Franklin, TN; their son, Jimmy Joe Boze and wife Cookie Oldham Boze of South Carthage; five grandchildren, Chris Reid and wife Brooks of Franklin, TN, Mary Reid Farrell of Gallatin, Joe Darren Boze and wife Suzanne of Carthage, Daniel Boze and wife Lindsay and Caroline Boze all of the Lock Seven Community; ten great- grandchildren, Gavin, Taylor Marie, Gracelynn Lee, TeiLea Rayne Reid, Reid Farrell, Eli Farrell, Van Dallas Boze, Tilly Gene Boze, Joe Fox Boze and Anderson Essex Boze.
The Boze family requests memorials to the Jordan Hackett Foundation or the Chad Hunter Foundation.