Retired Judge, State Rep. Dies

Former Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Sam E. Boaz died Feb. 8, the Leaf Chronicle reports. He was 95. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Boaz practiced law in Knoxville, then joined the legal department of Aluminum Co. of America. In 1944, he was appointed to the U.S. Foreign Service and served in the American embassy in London. He resigned from diplomatic service in 1946 and returned to Tennessee to practice law. He later moved to Clarksville to practice with then state Sen. Austin Peay. After Peay died, he founded Boaz and Beach with William O. Beach. From 1963 to 1967, Boaz represented Montgomery and Cheatham counties in the state House of Representatives. And for 16 years, he served as a judge on the Montgomery County Criminal Court. Services were held today in Clarksville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Austin Peay State University Professors Scholarship of Excellence in the Arts; the Boaz Scholarship at Bethel University in McKenzie; or the charity of choice.