Billy Ray BoycePine Bluff, AR, 1933 - 2021
Billy Ray Boyce, age 88, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Born July 15, 1933, at Birta, in Yell County, he was a son of the late Joe Boyce and Helen Nordin Hacker. Mr. Boyce was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. After high school, he was a pitcher for a major league baseball team. He was a recovery control room operator and retired from International Paper Company after 43 years of service. Mr. Boyce was a member of Green Meadows Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being with his family.
His wife of 63 years, Alma Ruth Via Boyce, preceded him in death on July 20, 2015. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Sherry Costello; a son-in-law, Pat Costello; and his step-father, Curtis Hacker. Survivors include a son, Randy Boyce (Marsha) of Star City; three grandsons, Brian Boyce (LeeAnna) of Conway, Jeffrey Boyce of Star City, and Justin Costello of Pine Bluff; five great-grandchildren, LeighElla, BrinLeigh, and EllieAnna Boyce of Conway, and Bryce and Emma Cate Boyce of Star City; a sister, Joetta Adams of Little Rock; a brother, John Boyce of Southaven, Miss.; two sisters-in law, Ann Harwood and Margaret Via, both of Dardenelle, Ark.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 24, 2021, 10 a.m., at Fuller Hale-South Chapel with Brother Sammy Alverson officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m., in Birta Community Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit: FullerFunerals.com
Published July 22, 2021
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Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services
1621 S. Cherry Street, Pine Bluff, AR