Well known educator from Calcasieu Parish and resident of DeQuincy went to meet his Lord and Savior March 4, 2020, with his wife by his side at the Care Center of DeQuincy. Willard Theodore Booty was born in the Kisatchie-Bellwood area Aug. 22, 1936, to Hollice and Joyce Booty. He graduated Salutatorian from Kisatchie High School in 1954, from Northwestern College, Natchitoches, in 1957, and received his M.A. degree from McNeese University, Lake Charles.
Willard began his career in Gillis, La., in 1957. He and the love of his life, Beverly Lane Conner Booty, married in August of 1957. Willard then taught in Moss Bluff and then in Westlake, La., where they purchased their first home. He taught at S.P. Arnett for 12 years. He was appointed in 1970 as the assistant principal where he split his day among the DeQuincy Middle School and DeQuincy Elementary. Upon Mr. Adcock’s retirement he was appointed principal of DeQuincy Elementary for eight years. Willard taught and served as assistant principal and principal all of his 30 years in Calcasieu Parish. He also taught night classes at Phelps Correctional Facility in DeQuincy for two years.
Willard accepted the Lord at Kisatchie Baptist Church and served as music leader in his teens and into his college years. He was ordained a deacon at Northside Baptist Church where he and his family attended serving for 23 years before moving to First Baptist Church of DeQuincy in 1994.
Willard was best known for his avid fishing. He loved bass fishing, then catching big catfish on Toledo Bend Lake. In 2002 he won the Amateur Side Tournament, winning a new boat, motor and trailer. His greatest joy was taking his two sons, Kevin and Travis, hunting, fishing, water skiing and camping on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.
He loved sports and began the first Jr. High basketball league in Calcasieu Parish. No pay then, but he and his wife, Beverly drove their team in their Mercury to play all over the area.
Willard served eight years in Louisiana National Guard as a reserve of the Army with a rank of SSGT E-6 in Company C 4th BN 156th Inf. and received an Honorable Discharge in March, 1964.