Larry Joe Boswell

February 9, 1941 ~ February 26, 2020 (age 79)


Larry Joe Boswell died on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from complications of flu and pneumonia. Larry was born February 9, 1941 in Longview. Larry was the first child of Elton and Imogene Boswell. He was active in Scouting, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age fifteen. “Boz” loved all sports, and especially excelled in track and football, being named football 1st Team All District as a Longview Lobo. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree, graduating from the University of North Texas, majoring in Business and Psychology. He was in the multi-line insurance business for forty years, serving as an officer and on the Board of Directors of an insurance company. He also served as an officer in the Civitan Club, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and various insurance associations. He served as a Deacon in the Church of Christ for many years in Dallas and Longview. Larry was very active in his church, having taught Bible school and small group adult classes for many years. He married Virginia Pliler in 1963, his high school sweetheart, who was the love his life and the only girl he ever went ‘steady’ with. They were happily married nearly 57 years. Larry is survived by his son, Clay Boswell and his spouse Shelli, and their children Christopher, Justin, and Rachel, as well as his daughter Christi Boswell Ream and her spouse Michael, and their children Emma and Grayson. Larry enjoyed life with his grandchildren, and he was so proud that they all excelled academically and in sports. He especially enjoyed working and playing with them on the family farm, fishing, cooking on the bonfires, shooting beavers, and building barbed wire fences together. Larry and Virginia have been retired for 17 years, and very much enjoyed living on the family farm. Larry enjoyed working on his John Deere tractor, making major improvements on the farm and around the lake, and was proud of their orchard and gardens. Larry and Virginia enjoyed their many close friends and travelling not only to areas in North America, but also to many international cities in England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, the Holy Lands, and other countries. He was supportive of the Oglesby Foundation in Dallas and in mission work in Honduras. Larry was predeceased by his parents and by his younger brother, Gary. He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia, children Clay and Christi, and their spouses Shelli and Michael, and grandchildren Christopher Boswell and his wife Samantha and their son Tristen, Justin Boswell, Rachel Boswell, Emma Ream, and Grayson Ream, two nephews Tray and Jay Boswell, as well as many cousins, and extended family members.
The family wants to thank Dr. Frase and the ICU staff at Longview Regional. In lieu of flowers, Larry requested that donations be sent to his favorite ministry that creates scholarships for student preachers:
The Oglesby Foundation
Waterview Church of Christ
1409 N Waterview
Richardson, TX 75080

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Life Celebration® Funeral Service
February 29, 2020

2:00 PM
The Chapel of Welch Funeral Home
4619 Judson Road
Longview, TX 75605

February 29, 2020

3:00 PM to TBD
The Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home
4619 Judson Road
Longview, TX 75605

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