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John Boxley

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John Maclachlan Boxley

February 2, 1942 - October 17, 2018


John Maclachlan Boxley, 76, was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 17 while surrounded by his beloved family. Mac was born on February 2, 1942 in Raleigh to the late William Clivie and Beth Miller Boxley. He attended Ravenscroft School, Daniels Junior High, and graduated from Broughton High School in 1960. Mac received his BA degree from UNC, Chapel Hill with a double major in English and Political Science in 1964. At UNC he was President of Phi Delta Theta, served on the Men's Honor Council, was Director of Freshman Camp, and was awarded the Grail Cup as the Outstanding Fraternity Intramural Athlete.

Mac received his JD from UNC Law School in 1967 and practiced law in Raleigh for 49 years. He was a former chairman of the NC Bar Assn. Young Lawyers Section, and one of four Directors of the American Bar Assn. Young Lawyers. He served as the Vice-Chairman and founding member of the NC State Bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission. He was included in the Best Lawyers in America for 20 years until he retired. In 2009, Mac was inducted into the NC Bar Assn.'s General Practice Hall of Fame. He served under three NC Governors in different roles and was twice awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Under Governor Bob Scott he served as a member of the Penal System Study Committee, and at age 32, Governor Holshouser appointed Mac as Chairman of the NC Parole Board. Governor Jim Hunt selected Mac to serve as an original member of the three-person NC Board of Ethics. Mac was also a N&O Tarheel of the Week.

Mac enjoyed sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with his clients and friends and praying for them. Mac and Mary hosted Bible studies in their home and discipled college students for over 30 years. Mac was involved with Bible Study Fellowship for 32 years and loved the fellowship with the men in that program and those in Danny Lotz' Men's Bible Study. Mac taught Sunday School Bible classes for over 40 years. Philippians 4:13 was his favorite verse that he claimed as a promise when he was ten years old.

In 1988, Mac helped found the Phi Delta Theta chapter at NC State and coached their flag football teams to two campus championships that resulted in an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl's Flag Football tournament. Mac and Mary hosted Bible studies for NC State fraternity groups for over 20 years. The NC State Phi Delts named their alumni room in his honor.

Mac enjoyed playing many sports including touch football, softball, tennis, golf, fly fishing, and sailing the family Flying Scot. He especially enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball, his girls' soccer teams, and his grandson's flag football teams. He also taught merit badge classes and served as chaplain for BSA Troop 395.

He was actively involved in various charitable organizations including 27 years on the Capital Area YMCA Board of Directors while serving as legal advisor for the Y's camps Sea Gull and Seafarer. He was a founding member of the YMCA's Christian Emphasis Committee. He also served on the boards of Raleigh Young Life, Haven House, New Bern Avenue Day Care Center, Wake County SPCA and on the Board of Visitors of Peace College, where he enjoyed teaching Business Law. He also enjoyed serving meals with Mary at the Raleigh Rescue Mission. He was an active Kiwanian for over 40 years, serving as President of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club and was a former Kiwanian of the Year. He chaired a charity golf tournament at Prestonwood for six years to raise money for ALS research.

Mac served with Mary as Presidents of PTA at Aldert Root, Washington School, and Broughton High School. Mac loved volunteer work with Broughton, including the Partners Program, the Broughton Foundation and the Alumni Association. He and Principal Richard Jewell raised funds to match a gift from Richard Jenrette to establish the Teacher Excellence Awards, and Mac helped establish the criteria for those awards. He led a six-year effort to build a stadium at Broughton and a concession facility. Mac was inducted into the Broughton Athletic Hall of Fame for these efforts.

Mac was predeceased by his parents, his brother William Clivie Boxley, III and his wife Mary Lou. He is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 53 years, Mary Roper Boxley to whom he was devoted. Also surviving are two beloved daughters who brought him great joy: Elizabeth Boxley Feeney (Chris) and Emily Boxley Huff, and two wonderful grandchildren, John Mac and Claire Feeney who were the delight of his life. Also surviving are brother-in-law Nat Roper and wife Cathy of Haymarket, VA and their children John (Jaime), Alex (Vicki), and Katie (Devrim), and nephew Clivie Boxley (Lisa), nieces Beth Walker (Jerry) and Becky Boxley, and his constant companion, Labradoodle Bo.

Mac had a great sense of humor and enjoyed encouraging others and helping them with their problems. During his 19 year battle with cancer, he gave glory to God for His faithfulness and grace. He commented often that he had a wonderful life.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Peace Street. A service of worship will be held at the church on Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will follow. A private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery preceding the service. Condolences may be shared at CremationSocietyNC.com
Published in The News & Observer on Oct. 19, 2018
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