From the Archives, May 29, 2022

In Memory

In honor of Memorial Day, we thought we would try something a little different this week. This week’s post is in honor of all our staff friends and colleagues who are no longer with us.

Follow the link to see our list of staff who have passed. If there are names missing, please pass them on.

But more importantly, use the comments to share stories. Keeping the stories alive helps keep the individuals with us.

Take a moment this weekend and remember members of the service who are no longer with us. Take another moment and remember those staff who are no longer with us.

Reservation Flags Half-Mast
Reservation flags at Half-Mast for Pat Deugaw, 2011

The Passing of Phyllis Finchum

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Phyllis Finchum. Though we just discovered this news, Mrs. Finchum passed away on July 21, 2018. In addition to being the wife of Ranger Terry Finchum, Phyllis was an active part of the Boxwell Camp staff for a number of summers, serving at the kitchen director at Craig for several summers from 2004-2009. In her other life, she worked for as a nutrition manager for the Sumner County School System. Phyllis was 57 years old.

The Passing of Robert Hutcheson

VirtualBoxwell is sad to announce the passing of Robert “Hutch” Hutcheson. Hutcheson joined the Boxwell staff in 2013, working all the way up through the 2021 season. He spent most of his run as the Shooting Sports Director for the Reservation. He was active in his district, a leader of Pack 175, and a veteran.

Hutcheson passed away on February 12, 2022 at the age of 64.

The Passing of Bryan Zapotocky

VirtualBoxwell is sad to announce the passing of William Bryan Zapotocky. Zapotocky was a Stahlman staff member, serving in the Trading Post in the summer of 1990. After camp, he trained at auto diesel school to follow his passion of working with all things automotive. He was an active member of World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro. He married, had a son, and a step daughter.

Zapotocky passed away on January 31, 2022 at the age of 47.

The Passing of E. D. Thompson

Normally, we reserve this space for the passing of former Boxwell staff members. However, Ellis Dillingham (“E. D.”) Thompson was a Scout we had the pleasure to interview while researching For the Good of the Program. As a boy, Thompson attended the Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwell. His sister married the camp medic. Later in his life, Thompson organized a reunion of Scouts who attend the Narrows Boxwell. Among his friends and fellow Scouts was James Kilgore. Both were members of Troop 26. Kilgore filmed the1940 promotional film for the Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge “A Day at Camp Boxwell.” As for Thompson, he was a musician par excellence and in his later years he wrote several books, including Nashville Nostalgia, as well as a regular column in a local Bellevue area newspaper, the Westview. Thompson was 96 years old at his passing.