By MATT MASTERS
Funeral arrangements have been announced for longtime Williamson County businessman Boyce Magli, who died unexpectedly while bird hunting in Argentina on Aug. 8.
“Hunting with friends was one of his passions. He was only 76 years old and has left us too soon,” Boyce’s brother Tom Magli said in an email.
Public officials and friends of Magli expressed their sadness and sympathies on his untimely passing.
Former Williamson County attorney Rick Buerger said that Magli was one of the first people he met upon moving to Williamson County and quickly became a friend and a hunting and fishing partner, someone that was both a source of friendly competition and camaraderie.
“He has had a great impact in the county in that he has handled so many real estate transactions. He has become almost an advocate to the county as to why people should move here,” Buerger said. “He’s always been a good friend. He always would be there if you needed him for anything and was never much of a complainer and was always cheerful. He’s going to be missed by an a lot of people.”
“Boyce was a great friend and an outstanding leader business community. He cared deeply about Williamson County, and his many civic contributions helped make it what it is today. Deanna and I offer the Magli family our deepest sympathies,” District 23 Senator Jack Johnson said in an email.
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said that Magli was respected and will be missed throughout the Williamson County communities.
“The name Boyce Magli has long been a ‘household name’ in Williamson County, especially in the real estate world. No last name was needed, as there was only ‘one Boyce.’ He was a fine, well respected gentleman that you could agree to disagree, if needed, and part with a handshake, a smile and a pat on the back. For many years, Magli Realty was one of a few realty companies in Williamson County and Boyce was quick to provide real estate information to those he thought would be just the “right fit” for a particular parcel he may have listed. He and his brother, Tom, have left their mark on Williamson County real estate. The news of his untimely passing was a shock and our heartfelt sympathies are extended to his family.”
According to Magli’s obituary posted by Willamson Memorial Funeral Home, Magli was born to Wilbur and Nellie Boyce Magli. He grew up on a horse farm on the corner of Sneed and Vaughn Road in Williamson County, Tennessee.
He was a graduate of the Battle Ground Academy, Class of 1961, and he maintained lifelong friendships from his time there.
In 1964, Magli married Angela Cheryl Sherling, a 55-year marriage, where they welcomed two children Wib (Jennifer) and Cooper (Emily) and four grandchildren whom he cherished: Virginia Rose, Genevieve, Luke and Boyce.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Yvonne Magli. He was close to his brother Tom Magli, his sister Ann Webber (John) and his nieces Kemp Steib (Mike), Margaret Webber, Lauren Magli, Lilo Buppert (Bill), Charlotte Krasinski (Ray), nephew Chase Magli; and brother-in-law Randy Sherling (Kathy). Few have lived a life as full, his obituary read.
According to Magli’s obituary he lived an exciting life having raced ponies, rode bulls, raced motorcycles, hunted and fished across North America and even walked away from a plane crash.
Magli was active in the real estate industry for nearly 54 years and first licensed in 1965. He was the owner and broker of Magli Realty Company in Franklin, Tennessee.
In 1977 the Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCAR) awarded him the REALTOR of the Year and he was the Tennessee REALTOR of the Year in 1981.
He served on the WCAR Board of Directors and as President in 1977. In 1979 he served as the president of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS.
Other notable business accomplishments include being a founding director of Brentwood National Bank and chairman of the Bank’s Executive Committee. Not only the real estate industry benefited from his leadership, but the hunting, fishing and conservation sector as well. He was appointed to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission by Governor Phil Bredeson and served from 2003 to 2009.
He was instrumental in the founding of the Harpeth Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. His memberships in the Buffalo River Hunting Club and the Forked Deer River Hunting Club provided him with many pleasurable days in the field. He was a member of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club since 1970 and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a longtime member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited, the Wild Turkey Federation, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
“In a life filled with accomplishments, perhaps his greatest achievement was the large group of friends with whom he shared deep bonds,” Magli’s obituary reads.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and to a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Tennessee on Aug. 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. with a celebration of his life following at the family farm.
Burial will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Harpeth Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, P.O. Box 1331, Franklin, TN 37065 or to United States Pony Club/Margaret Warden Fund, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 or to a charity of your choice in loving memory of Boyce Cooper Magli.