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James William “Butch” Boyette Jr., age 52

James William “Butch” Boyette Jr., 52, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on June 12, 2021. He was born on August 19, 1968 in Morrilton, Arkansas.

Butch began his lifelong love of hot rods when he was 16 years old and his dad gave him a 1948 Studebaker truck as a project for him to work on. The Stude, as he called it, was his life’s work. He entered and won in numerous car shows across the country and was featured in several magazines, including Goodguys and Classic Trucks. Butch graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1986. When he wasn’t working you could usually find him at his shop with his best friend Rodney working on old cars making them beautiful again. He traveled often to Shreveport to visit his mother Beverly, and was the light of her life.

He was quite the pool shark and won many prizes in tournaments over the years. He loved playing the guitar and listening to music. He worked at Wal-Mart in Jacksonville for more than 30 years.

Butch is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Oda and Donnie Boyette, maternal grandparents Clyde Aggers, Joyce & Clarence Herman Bull; Uncles John Boyette, Donald (Shirley) Boyette.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, James Boyette Sr of Perryville, Arkansas and Beverly and Jim Lockett of Shreveport, LA; brother Oda Britton Boyette and sister Star Lynn (William) Kessler; aunts Judy (Mark) Brown, Brandy (Matt) Robinson, Fay Wise, Linda Taylor, and Roxie Boyette; uncles: Dale (Karen) Boyette, Sonny (Sherri) Bull and Leslie Bennett; special cousins Deanna Gilbert and Derik Boyette; girlfriend Stephanie Carter, lifelong best friend Rodney (Ashley) Payne, nieces Skylynn Grace Boyette, Nyala Kessler and nephew Valentine Kessler and a host of  family and friends.  

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with service following at 11:00 a.m. at Harmony Baptist Church 3195 AR-10 Perryville, Arkansas. Burial will follow at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400.


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  • Mickey Smith Posted June 14, 2021 3:04 PM

    Butch was a soft spoken man of many talents, a true hot Rodder that will be missed by many

  • Wade Boughner Posted June 14, 2021 3:48 PM

    You are gone way to soon my good friend! I will miss your friendship and our long talks. Fly high my good friend ! You will greatly be missed

  • Cheryl cook Posted June 14, 2021 4:08 PM

    Love you my sweet cousin, RACE with the angels

  • David Weatherly Posted June 14, 2021 5:11 PM

    I have fond memories of Butch from our High School years. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Robert F. O’Neal Posted June 14, 2021 5:25 PM

    I’ve know Butch it seems forever. I just spoke with him at the Cruise knight at Dave’s a week or so ago. He was always the Gentleman. He will definitely be missed by all that knew him.

  • Darin Harvey Posted June 14, 2021 5:33 PM

    We lost another good soul, Rest In Peace my friend

  • Butch Jette Posted June 14, 2021 5:43 PM

    Until we can match up on the pool table again, rest in peace my friend.

  • Terry Rollans Posted June 14, 2021 5:49 PM

    Butch was a master of metal work! He was a master at welding. REST IN Peace MY FRIEND!

  • Kevin Mogish Posted June 14, 2021 7:06 PM

    He was a good friend growing up and just the nices guy you could ever meet. Rip my ole friend

  • Reed Thompson Posted June 14, 2021 7:14 PM

    I am so sorry to lose Butch. He would stop by my shop two or three times a month. We had some great conversations, sometimes well beyond doing closing time. I followed him on Facebook and always “liked” his posts and pics, some of which he would have to explain later. Butch was my friend and I will remember him always. Rest in peace, Butch. Hope to see you one day.

  • Linda Taylor Posted June 14, 2021 7:23 PM

    Butcher Foot, I miss you already so much I have no words.. been down memory lane, when you, Derik and Shawn were little. Yall could rock the walls and make the windows rattle.. how I loved you all and still do. I’ll never see a Studebaker truck without seeing you in it. I love you honey. Play that guitar in heaven tonite and rest in love. Aunt Linda

  • James and Wanda Hallman Posted June 14, 2021 10:13 PM

    Super nice and talented guy. Will be missed for sure.

  • Cedric Jones Posted June 15, 2021 3:29 AM

    Butch was a great guy and friend throughout our years at Southside and High School. He will be missed! RIL Bro! Class of “86”

  • Ron Knox Posted June 15, 2021 8:22 AM

    Be missing you bud,build some rods in heavon.

  • James & Wanda Hallman Posted June 15, 2021 8:49 AM

    A nice and very talented guy. He will be missed.

  • Rex Vint Posted June 15, 2021 9:07 AM

    Butch was such a Cool , calm soft spoken guy that was so talented and just a Great friend . He’ll be missed by so many people . Alway’s a happy man that was doing what he loved to do and that was building hot rods . Rest in Peace Butch .

  • Lou Yother Posted June 15, 2021 9:31 AM

    I didn’t see Butch on a daily basis, but when we did meet he always had a smile on his face and was ready to talk about our current car projects. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  • Rodney Payne Posted June 15, 2021 9:35 AM

    Butch and I had a level of friendship that many never experience. He was my closest friend for more than 30 years. I cherish the years and miles that we experienced together. Thank you for your friendship and the memories. You will forever be in my heart.

  • Judy Brown Posted June 15, 2021 12:28 PM

    My son by my sister, I loved you like you were my very own. You were always the sweetest little boy and a very gentle grown man. Our family was proud of you and you had some much talent in those hands. I dont know how we will be able to go on without you.Your momma has been so sick for the last 9 years and I’ll like to think that you have gone ahead to welcome her to heaven when she leaves us. Fly high and hug mom and daddy for us. You were a one of a kind and so many people loved you. I’m grateful that I got to nurse you back to well this last year. We got yo visit every as y for many weeks and I got to see the man that you had grown up to be. I miss you and will always love you , my little redheaded baby boy. Xxxooo aunt Judy

  • Susan Posted June 15, 2021 7:45 PM

    I was honored to have worked beside Butch for some of those 30 years. He was soft spoken & kind and I loved to hear him laugh. I know that he will be missed. My heart & prayers are with his family and lived ones he leaves behind.

  • Butch brumfield Posted June 15, 2021 9:42 PM

    butch was a good friend of mine we went to good guys Fort Worth Texas in 1987 he will be greatly missed and will always cherish the good times we had.

  • Chris Sword Posted June 15, 2021 10:43 PM

    Im at a loss for words. The world 🌎 lost a great guy!! RIP my good friend. Going to miss seeing you & taking on the phone for and hour at a time. See you on the other side buddy!! 😭

  • Jason odell Posted June 16, 2021 6:41 AM

    Sorry for loss he was great guy he will miss I work with James since 1995 at Walmart in Jacksonville

  • Phil and Linda Roser Posted June 16, 2021 1:17 PM

    Shocked to see Butch’s obit in the paper last night as we had spoken early last week. So sad to loose a fantastic metal craftsman, a wonderful human being and a good friend way too soon. We too will miss that big smile and those long conversations.

  • Stephanie Carter Posted June 17, 2021 4:14 PM

    This man is the love of my life, there is a void in my heart and life. He has been taken from me, from us all way too soon. The joy and happiness we brought to each others lives can not be defined with mere words. Butch Boyette was one of the most beautiful, genuine people I have ever met. The time we spent together will always hold the most special place in my heart.

  • Ricky Posted June 17, 2021 6:51 PM

    I worked with Butch at Jacksonville Walmart for 11 years but have known him for going on 20 years.Always a genuine guy,definitely going to be missed.R.i.L Butch

  • Tom Aschenberg Posted June 17, 2021 7:06 PM

    I met Butch more that 20 years ago at the good guys in Indy through my bother and sister in law John and Julie Aschenberg. We had a connection due to I have a Studebaker truck like his and I fell in love with his red Studebaker. I am so sad that he has passed and my prayers to his family and all his friends . Mat God Bless you Butch.

  • Robert Marino Posted June 18, 2021 1:18 PM

    Butch was a good friend, hard worker perfectionist, will miss you bud.

  • Lynette Culpepper Posted June 18, 2021 1:38 PM

    It’s been years since I’ve seen ya but you were a constant sight growing up. You always working on that truck on Beaver Ct. Always very little to say but always so kind.

  • Charles Sensing Posted December 28, 2021 2:46 AM

    Butch was one of the great ones! Now he’s working on God’s classic vehicles for sure!

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