Tommy Ray Boals, Sr.

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“My wife, Connie and I, have known Tommy for many years. I would see him a lot while I was working at Royall Ace Hardware. He would always sail...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Carl & Connie Meynardie - SC

“Boals Farm will never be the same. Tommy was a good steward of his father's farm. ”
2 of 30 | Posted by: Paul Chaconas

“You have our deepest sympathies in your loss. I thought a lot of Tommy and always enjoyed his company. He was one fine human being. ”
3 of 30 | Posted by: Bill and Nita Casey

“Boals Family, May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. We will cherish all the memories over the past 30 plus years at cars...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Tom Jameson

“So sorry to hear of Tommy's death. He helped us out so much after Hugo. Our thoughts are with you and your family, Karen. ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Wayne and Suzy Hardwicke - Other

“So saddened by the news of Tommy's passing. He was a kind, thoughtful man. Every Friday he would bring everyone's favorite candy bar to the banking...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy DeDe

“Tommy was a dear friend and will be sorely missed. Always a smile and upbeat for everyone. May he rest in God's arms and may we meet again someday...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: J D "Diz" Gilliard - Friend

“Sorry for your loss.It is very difficult but family and friends help you survive. Prayers for you, Jason, and Ronnie. ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Gloria Burbage


9 of 30 | Posted by: Anita Tankersley - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Saturday; February 19, 2022.........Ah, Tommy Ray !NOW, YOU HAVE PULLED THE "BIG ONE !"Regret I was Unable Tonight to go to Your Visitation; and...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Anita Tankersley - Mount Pleasant, SC

“So sorry for your loss. Sending your love and prayers. ”
11 of 30 | Posted by: Jennifer Michaels - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Soooo sad to get this news!! Tommie, u are a ONE IN A MILLION!! Our loss is Heavens gain!! I will always think of you and smile!! Because you ALWAYS...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Anne Cisa - Friend

“Our heartfelt condolences to the Boals family in this time of such immense sorrow. What a larger-than-life life Tommy led! He was at the front of...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Jodi & Robert Flowers - Friend

“Tommy was part of the fabric of Mount Pleasant for me, whenever I would see him on Shem Creek or around town he was a reminder that I was home and...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Brett Yearout - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I just want to say I had the privilege of meeting Tommy many years ago. A fine man and gentleman. Condolences to the family. Rest In Peace. ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Larry Levinson

“Such a sweet family. I've driven by Boals Farms for many years. Such a beautiful place. Always think of Heaven there. Now, I know its true...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: ANNE Hochreiter - Acquaintance

“I first met Tommy over 40 years ago when I first returned to Mt Pleasant, and he has remained a friend and loyal customer since that time.He will be...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Greg Price - Mt Pleasant, SC

“I was so saddened to hear about Tommy. He was such a special man and will be truly missed. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
18 of 30 | Posted by: Anne Hansen - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Prays to the family ”
19 of 30 | Posted by: ALLEEN and Ernest Sweat - SC

“You are in our hearts and we are sending our deepest sympathy ,prayers and, lots of love , dear Karen . ”
20 of 30 | Posted by: Tippy and Michael - Friend

“I will miss Tommy calling me Big Foot. I loved my brother in law Big Head. He will be missed!! ”
21 of 30 | Posted by: Paulette Boals - Daniel Island, SC

“Dear Karen, You loved and married one of the kindest men I have ever known. He became an instant friend to everyone he met. It was my pleasure to...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Wezi Haynes Manos - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Hate to hear of Tommy´s passing. He was a fixture of Mt. Pleasant. Deepest condolences from the Ward family to the entire Boals family. ”
23 of 30 | Posted by: Andy Ward - Friend

“Elvis has left earth. Tommy and I worked at Lows Exxon from 1970-1976, we had fun and cut fool all the time. Our favorite saying was...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Rusty McCulloch - Hanahan, SC

“So very sorry ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: Joy Roberts - North Charleston, SC

“We are so saddened and heartbroken for your loss, Tommy was a fabulous man, he was lucky as well to have such a beautiful family. You are all in our...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Beth and Bruce McMurray - SC

“So very sorry to hear that Tommy has passed. First met him at Taylor’s Texaco about 50 years ago. Talked with him at Blue’s and he did a...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Steve Shad - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Thank you for giving me the privilage of knowing youDavid ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: David Pooser - Mt.Pleasant, SC

“Karen and family,So sorry to hear about Tommy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Debbie Rauth - Knoxville, TN

“Karen, I remember when y'all first started dating. I thought that was a match made in heaven. I know you're broken hearted.Love to you and all the...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Kathy Jordan - SC - Friend


Tommy Ray Boals, Sr, 74, of Wando, South Carolina, husband of Karen Distler Boals entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 15, 2022. His funeral service will be held Sunday, February 20, 2022 at The Stables at Boals Farm, 242 Boals Farm Rd., Charleston, SC at 2:00 pm. Interment will immediately follow at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 19, 2022 at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Tommy was born April 14, 1947 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, son of the late Ronald Milford Boals, Sr. and the late Louise Bessinger Boals. Tommy started the family business, Mt. Pleasant Tree Service in 1976, and retired in 2020 after 43 years of building a flawless reputation for professionalism and affordability. The landscape and history of the Lowcountry would not be the same without the image of Tommy driving his blue tractor all around Shem Creek, working hard to beautify the grounds of the neighboring businesses. Tommy left a final message for all of us who knew and loved him, "Just because I'm gone, doesn't mean you can drive on my grass." He enjoyed classic cars, collectibles, and most of all his family.

He is survived by his spouse of 29 years, Karen Boals of Wando, SC; children, Tara Brown (Ty) of Winston-Salem, NC, Tommy Ray Boals, Jr. of Mount Pleasant, SC, Jason Aaron Boals (Lauren) of Mount Pleasant, SC, Jason Barley (Clancie) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Josh Barley (Chrystal) of Columbia SC and Ashley Truitt (Matt) of Lexington, NC; and his brother Ronnie Boals, Jr. of Mt . Pleasant; and ten grandchildren, Emma and Jacob Brown, Layton and Pressley Boals, Baker and Bennett Barley, Dylan and Landon Barley, and Whitley and Waylon Truitt.

He is preceded in death by his sister Dyanne Whitton.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.