David Henry Boone

July 8, 1951April 16, 2018
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David Henry Boone, age 66 of Saltillo, TN, passed away peacefully Monday morning, April 16, 2018, at his home after a four month battle with colon cancer.

He was born on July 8, 1951 in Jackson, TN, the son of the late Robert Henry and Lois Virginia Rose Boone. David was known his entire life as the man to go to when something mechanical needed to be fixed.

He is survived by his two children, Rebecca Taylor (Brian) and Nathan Boone of Finger, TN. Sisters, Joyce Crawford (Bill), Lois Richardson (Buddy), Annie Pomeroy (Bill); and brother, Charles Boone (Susan); three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

David was preceded in death by his faithful, furry companion, Sparkplug.

The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation to be held on Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018 from 2-3 p.m. in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons.

The funeral service is to be conducted on Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons with Rev. Phil Bridges of Lebanon Methodist Church of Saltillo officiating.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Boone will be cremated following funeral services.


  • Rebecca Boone Taylor (Brian), Daughter
  • Nathan Boone, Son
  • Joyce Crawford (Bill), Sister
  • Lois Richardson (Buddy), Sister
  • Annie Pomeroy (Bill), Sister
  • Charles Boone (Susan), Brother
  • Three Grandchildren and One Great Grandchild


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Friday, April 20, 2018
  • The Funeral Service Friday, April 20, 2018

David Henry Boone

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Suzette Mayfield

April 21, 2018

Haven't seen David in many years. But remember him well. My condolences to the family. I remember David back in the motorcycle days, he and a group of friends went to Sturgis and he turned around came right back. Long trip! RIP David.


David at South Side High School


David, Momma, & Charles with raceboat


David 2 years old


David 10 years old


David & Lois with raceboat


David & Joyce at Yellow Creek


David with catamaran ski boat


South Side Graduation 1969


Caught a big one


      David Henry Boone was a man for whom actions would speak louder than words. His life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in David’s life. He was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. He was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. David was modest in his actions and extremely literal in his thoughts and in the manner in which he communicated with others. When David said something, he meant it. All those who knew him appreciated this trademark quality.

       His parents were Robert Henry and Lois Virginia Rose Boone. David was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. Even as a small child, David wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As David grew older, he realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, he treated everyone around him the same way. This belief in fair play served David well throughout his life and despite his natural shyness; he enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      Since David sought to treat those around him with respect, he often found himself in the role of playing peacemaker within his family. He was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because he loved the challenge of conflict resolution. He would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. David was raised with four siblings, Joyce Crawford, Lois Richardson, Annie Pomeroy, and Charles Boone. David was constantly involved in activities with his siblings. David and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

      During his childhood, family and friends viewed David as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, he was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain himself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of David’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around him worked. He was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. In his spare time he liked fishing and swimming. David's memorable achievements included.

      The fact that he was curious was an asset to David while he was in school. He possessed strong study skills and good concentration. He relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. David enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of him and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, he would become so involved in the process of problem solving that he would lose awareness of his surroundings. Experience was David’s best teacher. He graduated from South Side High School in 1969. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Shop.

      Those who didn’t know David well might have thought him to be objective and somewhat emotionally detached, but family and friends who were close to him knew that he was capable of unexpected flashes of humor. David’s good friends tended to be “thinkers” like himself. Even though the circle of friends was somewhat small, it was a strong and loyal group, and David liked nothing better than to spend his free time with them. David was well known for always being up front and open, never hiding his true feelings, qualities that drew deep loyalty from his friends because they understood and appreciated him for the person he was. Another quality that people admired in David was his ability to link cause and effect and apply the appropriate connection in his assessment of any new situation. Later in life, he became friends with Bruce and Carol Brown, Jeff and Ledia Bingham, Mike Franks, and Arlie Cooper.

      As the family grew, David was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. David was blessed with two children, Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Taylor and David Nathaniel "Nathan" Boone. They were also blessed with three grandchildren and one great grandchild, Zackary and Bradley Taylor, Daniel Boone, and great grandchild Colton Taylor. David was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, he would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. David was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, David’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In his work life, David was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. He excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once he understood exactly why he was working on a project, he could plow full steam ahead. For David, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to him in appreciating its importance. Even if he worked alone on an assignment, David was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and he would readily use them if they improved the process. His primary occupation was a Mechanic. David always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      David was a Field Line Specialist in the Army National Guard. He understood his duty to serve his country and the importance of getting a job done. He was comfortable with the routines of the military and even liked them to some degree, especially when it came to grasping the clear instructions and guidelines he was expected to follow. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Specialist.

      David’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced his choice of leisure pursuits as well. He applied his strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to his choice of activities. He particularly enjoyed the “alone” time his hobbies provided. His favorite pursuits were collecting old cars, fishing, boating, and tractor pulls. David was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      David had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped him enjoy sports. Recreational sports included recreational sports including fishing and boating. David was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were N. H. R. A. And Nascar Racing.

      Religion and faith were important to David. He held dear the faith and values he derived from his beliefs. He was baptized as a child at Westover Baptist Church.

      David appreciated the occasions when he was able to travel and get away on a vacation. He enjoyed learning about different locales and was open to exploring new and different places. Favorite vacation spots included Favorite vacations included Sturgis in South Dakota, Motorcycling in Florida, and traveling to St. Louis and Springfield, MIssouri. He thoroughly enjoyed the task of gathering and analyzing travel information as he prepared for an upcoming trip.

      David was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of David’s favorites was a lab mix named Sparkplug. They were best friends for 17 years. Later David acquired a cat named Lipless.

      As his retirement approached, he remained in his home on the river in Saltillo, TN. In retirement, he continued his passion of riding motorcycles, fishing, and visiting friends.

      David passed away on April 16, 2018 at at his home in Saltillo, Tennessee. David fought a brave four month battle against Colon Cancer. He is survived by hsi children, Becky and Nathan; his grandchildren, Zackary, Bradley, and Danie; his great grandchild, Colton; his brother, Charles, and his sisters, Lois, Joyce, and Annie. Services were held at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home. In keeping with his wishes, David was cremated following the funeral service. He wished to have his ashes scattered at the Tennessee River.

      David strongly believed that talk is cheap. He was the type of person who would show others his feelings through his actions. He was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. He had a curiosity about the things around him and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences he treasured most were those he shared with his loved ones. David Henry Boone will be greatly missed.