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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