Albert Joseph Boise Jr.

April 7, 1953October 25, 2018
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Albert "Joe" Boise was born on April 7, 1953 in Toledo, OH to Helen and Albert Boise that preceded him in death. He died on October 25, 2018 from a lung disease that left behind a wife, Debra Boise; children, Wendy (Jon) Snyder, Albert " Joey" Boise; grandchildren, Alexus, Austin and Ethan; brother, John Boise; sisters, Cindy (Herald) Geer; Tammi (Norm) Moore; Deborah (Clyde) Riling; several nieces and nephews. Joe was the type of man who helped anyone in need. He leaves behind his love of softball, racing, fishing and taking photos of the mountains. Joe was loved by all that knew him. He will be greatly missed and always loved. May you watch over us and guide us. You are always in our hearts. Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, November 10th at 6:00 pm at Berry Highland South 9010 E Simpson Road Knoxville, TN 37920 with reception immediately following service. Burial will take place Sunday, November 11th at 11:00 am also at Berry Highland South.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Committal Service Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Steve Kyle

November 6, 2018

Joe and I were always planning on bass fishing together when he made the trip back to Toledo. I always told him to tell me ahead of time and I would take the day off work. Sadly we never found a date that worked out . I will always be grateful to Joe for bringing me back to coaching softball after I had quit. My family had been going through some tough times and I was not planning on ever coaching again when Joe invited me to coach with him at Perrysburg HS. If Joe hadn't made that phone call to me I wouldn't be involved with softball to the extent I am today. He had a way of making people feel good about themselves and was a master at encouragement. I was always impressed with the way he worked with young softball players and his ability to build their self esteem. This world was a better place with Joe in it and I will forever miss my friend.

Susan Valdez

October 29, 2018

So sorry to hear about Joe. I worked with Joe at McCord School in Sylvania. He often conversated about his family, especially his grandchildren. He was so proud! God Bless all of Family. Sincerly, Susie Valdez

Angela Freeman

October 27, 2018

Joe- you will sorely missed. You had a great sense of humor... were supportive and kind. I enjoyed knowing you as a neighbor and the father of my long time friend. The year i spent at Mccord i enjoyed seeing you there-i enjoyed going with you to watch Wendy & joey play sports. Playing baseball and basketball in the street... rest in peace...
Love and support to Debbie Wendy Joey and the rest of your there with you in spirit celebrating his life.

Michelle North

October 26, 2018

In memory of someone who made this world a brighter and better place❤️ You will always hold a special place in our hearts. I always enjoyed our talks when the family got together. You are a very special person and will definitely be missed
Jason and Michelle North



If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Albert Joseph Boise Jr. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Joe was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

Joe was born at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was the son of Albert and Helen Boise. Joe was raised in Sylvania, Ohio. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Joe was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Joe's personality throughout his life.

Though Joe was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Joe was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Joe worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Joe was raised with four siblings. He had one younger brother, John and three younger sisters, Cindy, Debbie and Tammi. Joe and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Joe was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Joe was always tactful. One thing Joe will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Joe had a number of interests and was an active child. Joe took part in baseball, football and basketball. He was a cub scout and a boy scout. In his spare time he liked to collect baseball cards.

For Joe, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Joe was also adept at details. Joe was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Sylvania High in 1971. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was carpentry. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Bower. He will be remembered by his classmates for being likable.

There was one thing that all of Joe's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Joe was such a popular person throughout his life. But Joe was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Joe was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Joe was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Joe was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Joe was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Joe made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While working in the school system, some of his best friends were Larry Wymer, Rick and Ann Smith. While in the Navy, he became friends with Mike and Laurie StAmour. Later in life, he became friends with John and Cindy Huffman, and Jim Boyd (his racing buddy).

Joe was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Joe cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On April 26, 1975 Joe married Debra Ann Floyd at Hillcrest Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina. Compassionate and devoted, Joe worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

Harmony was important to Joe and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Joe was blessed with two children, one daughter, Wendy and one son, Joey. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Alexus, Austin and Ethan. Joe was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Joe was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Joe would listen before he would act.

Taking his work seriously came naturally to Joe, and he expected the same from those around him. Joe was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Joe was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Joe handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was custodial, maintenance. He was employed for 28 and a half years at Sylvania City Schools. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

Blessed with a practical nature, Joe was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Joe was a Navy veteran. He was stationed in San Diego on two destroyers then transferred to Charleston, South Carolina to work on a sub-tender. Joe was in international waters during the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of E3 Seaman.

A methodical man, Joe enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were fishing and photography.

Joe was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Joe was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Recreational sports included slow pitch soft ball and bowling. Joe also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were college football and college girls fast pitch softball.

His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Joe to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Joe did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout his later years, Joe was a high school coach at several different schools and a college coach for fast pitch softball.

Joe was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. He was appreciated and respected. He could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about his own values and beliefs. Politically, Joe was a Democrat.

His high moral standards and traditional values served Joe well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in South Carolina and then Sylvania Alliance in Ohio. During that time, he was involved in the church bus ministry. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

A generous and compassionate man, Joe accomplished much during his lifetime. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Joe was recognized and given awards for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards were for coaching college softball.

Not only did Joe enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included Maine, camping at Allegheny State Park in New York, Sonny campground and Harrison State Park.

Joe was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Cassie, a German Shepherd dog, who was a best friend for 9 years. His family was rounded out by his many different dogs and tropical fish.

Since it was easy for Joe to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Joe was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2009. His new life involved relocating to Sevierville, Tennessee. In retirement, he found new pleasure in going to dirt racing, long rides in the mountains, taking pictures of the mountains and animals, and spending time with his family. Even in retirement, Joe stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

Joe passed away on October 25, 2018 at University of Tennessee Medical Center of respiratory failure. He is survived by wife, Debbie; children, Wendy and Joey; grandchildren, Alexus, Austin and Ethan; brother, John; sisters, Cindy and Tammi. Services were held at Berry Highland South Funeral Home. Joe was laid to rest in Berry Highland South Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Joe was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion and whenever he said something, he meant it. Joe was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Albert Joseph "Joe" Boise Jr.