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Boren passes away at 62
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Local musician and former McMinnville city employee George Marcus Boren died Thursday at Raintree Manor. He was 62.
Boren was well known around the community for his portrayal of Elvis at a variety of venues. According to his sister, Cathy Cox, he eventually became known by the nickname “Elvis,” and entertained the community for 50 years.
Boren played with a number of Warren County musicians, including Jack Smedley and the Country Playboys and with his own band called the Country Swingers, which eventually included his wife Judy and sons Greg and Mark. He came from a musical family which included sister Bernita Myers and cousins Marie and Bobby Wright.
Boren also performed on local radio stations WAKI and WBMC. Smedley said Boren got his start with him and played with him off and on for many years.
“He started playing with me when he was about 12 years old on the Thursday Night Spotlight Show on WAKI Radio,” Smedley said. “He was really good at imitating Elvis Presley. He had really black hair and had a suit that looked like Elvis. He was pretty popular on that Elvis stuff.”
Smedley said Boren was always available to help raise money for good causes.
“George has helped me do a lot of benefit shows in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, all across the country,” Smedley said. “He’s done a lot of good things in his life. I sure did hate to see him go. I sure will miss him.”
Boren was a friend to many other local musicians, including Thomas and Rebecca Pedigo. Though Boren never actually played in their band, Rebecca said he was always a good friend.
“He was a fine fellow, had a real nice personality,” said Rebecca. “He was a good musician, got along with everybody. He always made you feel welcome if he was playing at the same show. His sister Bernita played drums with us for a while. We’ve known the family for years and we will really miss him.”
Boren was also a go to musician for visiting performers, including one famous Warren County native.
“He played for Dottie West when she came in and needed a guitarist,” said Cox, noting he even got a call from Dolly Parton early in her career when she first broke up with Porter Waggoner.
In addition to his many benefit shows in the county, Boren performed at a number of grand openings and was fond of entertaining seniors in local nursing homes in his Elvis persona. He became so adept at it he once attended an Elvis convention in Memphis and was asked to join the Elvis imitators who performed there.
“He loved the people of Warren County and was thankful of their support throughout the years,” said Cox, who delivered a heartfelt and fitting eulogy for her brother.
“He has left the building of this world and entered a heavenly world where he can play in the angel band forever.”