The driving force behind Huey’s, who in 1975 started work at the original midtown location, Thomas Boggs expanded the popular eatery into a chain of seven, and groomed his daughters to run the business. But Boggs — who gained rock-star fame in the 1960s as a drummer for Alex Chilton’s Box Tops — was also known for his generous spirit and megawatt smile, giving untold hours to local nonprofits, including the Memphis Zoological Society and Memphis in May, and to people in need. A pillar of the Memphis Restaurant Association and a partner in other dining establishments, the entrepreneur gave a hand up to struggling colleagues. We lost him too soon, at age 63 in 2008, but his restaurant legacy lives on.

Thomas Boggs

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