John Boykin Box

Born: Tue., Feb. 2, 1926
Died: Sun., Feb. 12, 2012

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John Boykin Box, age 86, of Greensboro, GA, died Sunday, February 12, 2012 at St. Mary''s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. John was born on February 2, 1926 in Knobel, AR to the late William Mason Box of Vernon, AL and Nancy Viola Byers Box of Gainesville, AR. John graduated from Knobel High School and attended the University of Arkansas. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

Over the years he was a singer and bartender who worked from Canada to Cuba, he sang with Frank Sinatra in Miami at the Flamingo Club as well as other personalities all down the eastern coast. He began his singing career in 1950 on TV in Detroit on the Soopy Sales Show. He moved to Greensboro thirty years ago in 1982, where he sang with the choir at the First United Methodist Church. In Greene County he was known as the singer of preference at the Harbor Club and other events throughout the area. He was also the owner and operator of "The Richland", where he continued to sing.

John is survived by a daughter, Nanci Box Chrismer, her husband of 23 years, David Chrismer of Charlotte, NC, a granddaughter, Kayla Chrismer who attends UNCC; and a step-son Wally Swanland of Grand Rapids, MI; a brother, Ted Box of Wetumpa, AL and many friends in Atlanta as well as Greensboro. He was preceded in death by his brothers Joe Don Box, William Box and a sister Robin Cox.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA with Rev. Dan Wilson and Rev. Ed Nelson officiating. Followed by a "Celebration of Life" Friday evening at the Richland. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Harriette Brown
   Posted Mon February 13, 2012
My sweet friend! We loved you so much and you were one of the best friends, and lots of special memories we had living in Greensboro, GA! I remember the first time I heard you sing at Herby Kay's, you took my breath away! I hope you and my brother, Jerry (Barton) have hooked up in Heaven and are singing away! He always loved you as well as Zac! Precious man....all our love to your daughter and your family!

Billy and Susan Matthews
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
a wonderful sweet man who always made us all feel so welcome

Cristy Costner Ammons
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
Dear Nanci, I am so sorry for your loss. My father just passed last November and it was very difficult time for me, it still is. You and your family will be in our prayers. Bless you all. Cristy

Nancy Gogal, PT
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
Nanci, all of us here at Morgan Memorial rehab are remembering our time with Mr. Box. What a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen & Eddie Cantrell
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
We just loved your Dad so much, I hate to know we will have to live without his warm smile, great wit, and wonderful voice. Nanci our love for you is great as well and we wish for you the arms of the Lord to wrap around you and help you thru this tough time. He will certainly be missed!

J.K. Ferguson
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
Carey Station Resort will not be the same without you. A real friend to me when I was there.

Lindy Scherffius
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
Nanci, I never knew your dad, but from reading about him, he must have been great fun and will be sorely missed. I know he was grateful for all the time you were able to spend with him. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. With love, Lindy

Randy Stouder
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
My very good friend, you introduced me to Greensboro, thank you for taking care and looking out for me. You will be missed.

Dale Temple
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
So many good memories of how you entertained us with your voice. You gave so much comfort with your songs. We will miss you John.

Rosalyn Thomas Dixon
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
Nanci and Family: I am so sorry about your Dad. He will be greatly missed by many. My prayers are with you and your Family. Love, Rosalyn Thomas Dixon

Boulton Family
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Dear Nanci and David and Family - We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go to you at this difficult time. May you reflect on cherrished memories, knowing that John will live on in your hearts and memories forever. If there is anything we can do to help during this difficult time, please let us know. The Boulton Family

Mark thiessen
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
I will miss you dearly you are my lucky old sun I love you like a father mark

Stephanie Swanlund
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Nanci and family, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. I am sure he will be singing in heaven!

harvey price
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
Sorry for your loss Mr&Mrs Harvey Price.DENNIS&BECKY MURRAY.DONNA GOMEZ

Charles Box
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
sorry I couldn't't make it. My heart goes out to you and your family. He will be missed.

Jon & Barbara Leveillee
   Posted Sat February 18, 2012
So very sorry for your loss. John was a kind, generous and special man. As many, we will miss him dearly. God Bless Your Family

Nanci Chrismer
   Posted Thu March 08, 2012
I just wanted to thank everyone for attending Dad's "Celebration of Life Service" and to thank you for the flowers, cards, words of encouragement here on the guest book. I must thank you for the wonderful hugs and stories I have heard the last few weeks, now if I can just remember them. And for those of you who couldn't attend... I know you wanted to be there, thank you for your calls,etc. His Celebration of Life Service was standing room only... you could feel the Love ... my Dad loved Life and loved his friends like family. He lived to be with and bring joy to others, yet he brought us so much joy with his "comic relief" as well as his voice.... I loved my Dad so much and I'm not sure how to live life without him. I will miss you Daddy .... until we meet again. Nanci

Karen Searels
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
I spent a good bit of my time growing up at Mr. Johns' house. He was always smiling,joking but I remember his singing the most. The song "Moon River" will always be very special to me. I also remember getting into his homemade wine,several flavors. Mr. John I Love you and will miss you very much,no doubt you are singing with friends you haven't seen in awhile as well as some new ones. I will see you again and this time we will sing together!! Love Karen or "Little Bit" as you liked to call me.It was an honor to know you and thanks for letting me spend so much of my childhood at your house,it was a blast....

Barbara & I.G. Christmas
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
You were such a wonderful person,so full of love for everyone.You were there when I needed a Father, when I needed a shoulder to cry on or when I just needed someone to talk to. you will be missed so very, very much.

Ted Box
   Posted Sun June 03, 2012
Nanci, you know how much I loved your father. He was not only my brother but my best friend I have never known a more generous, considerate, and witty person and I miss him every day, especially now that I can't reminisce with him about our mutual friends we knew growing up in Knobel and our times together in Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and at the Richland in Greensboro. I will always regret not being there when he needed me.

Rick & Monica Plymale
   Posted Sun June 03, 2012
For over 10 years, John was very much like a Father to us, as we both lost ours at young ages. He was a mentor and a friend. Monica cared for John seven days a week for nearly seven years, with little or no monetary compensation except for a brief absence due to family issues. She did so, out of her love for John. He will be sorely missed by us both. We were proud to have asked Rep. Mickey Channell to move forward with naming the bridge on Hwy 278 in his honor. It was our final goodbye gesture to John. We felt it would be a fitting tribute to a man loved by so many.

Wanda Atkinson
   Posted Sun June 03, 2012
Mr. John will be missed by everyone. I will never forget the first time I heard him sing "Danny Boy". With that gentle voice he always had a kind word for you.

Joey Box
   Posted Sun June 03, 2012
Nanci your dad was one of the best people i have had the privlege to know in my life. His warmth,good humor ,and fun loving nature always brought joy to my heart and a smile to my face.

Margaret Augustine
   Posted Wed June 06, 2012
I will miss my sweet, handsome, talented Uncle John. My mother, his sister Robin,shared the gift of music. I like to think of them back together now, singing with a band of Angels. They will always be in my heart. All my love, Margie Augustine

Jeanne O''Dell
   Posted Thu June 28, 2012
I will always remember John Box as the "Gentle Giant" with the BIG voice. He was kind, generous, loveable, funny,and had a passion for life. I met him back in the early 80's when I met the one true love of his life, Nanci. He always had a big smile on his face and LOVED to flirt. He always made you feel good and welcomed. He has left so many good memories that he will never be forgoten. Nanci, I know you miss him soooo much. You will always feel him with you, weather it be a song,a place, or even a red bird. And I will always be here for you to tell me about it. He will always be remembered and loved by many. He was simply "unforgetable".