James William Boyter

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 15, 2016

Funeral services for James William (Bill) Boyter
will be held Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11 am in
the sanctuary of Kisatchie Baptist Church, Kisatchie, with Reverend Ricky Robertson officiating. Burial will follow with a Masonic service in the Kisatchie Church cemetery. Arrangements are
under direction of Hixson, Leesville.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 15, from five pm until nine pm at the funeral home.
Bill Boyter passed away Wednesday evening in the Tomball Regional Hospital, Tomball, Texas.
was born in the small logging community of Alco in Vernon Parish on April 23, 1923. The attending physician sent a bill for $25 for his services.
Most of Bill’s youth was spent in the small community of Kisatchie in Natchitoches Parish,
finishing high school in 1941. After graduation, as was true of many young men of this generation, Bill enlisted in the US Army to fight in the Second World War. A good part of his service was a member of an artillery unit that supported General
Patton in his drive across
central Europe.
Prior to departure overseas, he proposed to his high school sweetheart, Addie Kile, and they married the following day. Most would consider this a hasty decision, but their union
lasted 67 years, ending with Addie’s death in January, 2010.
Mother spent the war as a Western Union manager. Upon Bill’s return, he became a truck driver, completing 30 years’ service with Red Ball Motor Freight.
retirement, he then began his real passion, farming. Initially, he and Addie raised a variety of food stuff, but soon found success in the sandy hills of west Louisiana as watermelon farmers. Bill became known as the “watermelon man,” with his melons
known throughout the area.
Declining health and vision prompted a move to Texas to be near their children, settling in Tomball, just north of Houston. Addie suffered a debilitating illness that necessitated nursing home care, where Bill
visited every day.
He soon found himself with another label, the “man with the hat,” observing the custom of his day of wearing a hat. His devotion to Addie drew great admiration from the nursing home staff and residents.
health finally won, and he quietly left us Wednesday evening.
He leaves behind two children, Sherri, a resident of Humble, Texas, and Dennis (Judy) in Spring, Texas. There are three grandchildren, Tanya Goode (John), Denise Denny and
Chris Denny (Ela). His four great-grandchildren were the light of his life, Maya Goode, Levi Goode, William Denny and Louis
Denny. There are numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Howard Wells, Douglas Wells,
Jerry Dean Warren, Don Warren, Dale
Warren and Darren Warren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a favorite charity or the Kisatchie Cemetery
Association, 142 Old Kisatchie Cemetery Road,
Provencal, Louisiana 71468
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