Billy Joe Booth

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This article is about The football player. For the actor of the same name, see Billy Booth (actor).
Billy Joe Booth
No. 65
Football player Billy Joe Booth of Minden, LA.jpg
Date of birth: (1940-04-07)April 7, 1940
Place of birth: Minden, Webster Parish,
Louisiana, USA
Date of death: June 30, 1972(1972-06-30) (aged 32)
Place of death: Dorchester, Ontario, Canada
Career information
CFL status: International
Position(s): DE
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
College: Louisiana State
As player:
1962-1970 Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1969
CFL East All-Star: 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969
Billy Joe Booth
Alma mater Minden High School
Religion Missionary Baptist
Spouse(s) Janice Schouest Booth
Children Mike Booth (born ca. 1963), Coy Ulysses Booth (deceased)

Billy Joe Booth (April 7, 1940 – June 30, 1972)[1] played professional football with the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League from 1962-1970. He graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After his football career, Booth was an electrical contractor for the IC Electric Company. Booth was killed in 1972 in a plane crash in Ontario, Canada.


Booth was born and reared in the small city of Minden in Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana. His parents were Coy D. Booth (died 2004) and the former Fern Nation (1915-2001). He graduated in 1958 from Minden High School, where one of his football coaches was his uncle Patrick Cary Nation (1918-2005), and then LSU in 1962, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.[2] At Minden High School, Booth played football from 1954 to 1957. Booth won "All-State" and the "Outstanding Blocker" honours in 1956. He also played baseball in 1956 and ran track from 1955-1958. He was All-State in track in 1957. He was an elected member of the MHS Student Council in his senior year.[3] At LSU, he played in the 1962 Senior Bowl.[4]

Booth married the former Janice Schouest, whom he met at LSU, and was the father of two sons, Mike Booth (born ca. 1963) and Coy Ulysses Booth (born ca. 1965 - since deceased, automobile accident victim).

CFL playing career[edit]

Booth was a defensive end for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League from 1962 to 1970. At six feet tall and 240 pounds, many had considered him too small to be a defensive end. Booth won Grey Cup championships in 1968 and 1969. The team also lost the 54th Grey Cup game in 1966. In 1969, Booth was named CFL all-star and was also won CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Award in the eastern division of the CFL that year, but lost to defensive tackle John LaGrone of the Edmonton Eskimos.


Booth and his friend, James W. Magee, Jr. (1938–1972), were killed in an airplane crash near Dorchester, Ontario. The two were in Canada on a fishing trip when their four-seat Piper Cherokee Arrow crashed during a thunderstorm. Witnesses said that the plane blew up and fell to the ground, with wreckage spread over an area of some one and one-half miles. The plane was en route from Windsor to London but crashed some ten miles (16 km) before reaching its destination.[5]

Booth is interred at Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna in Jefferson Parish.


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index Interactive Search
  2. ^ Booth obituary, the Shreveport Times, July 2, 1972
  3. ^ Minden High School Grig yearbook, 1958
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Billy Joe Booth crash victim: With Riders nine years, Ottawa, July 3, 1972; "Billy Joe Booth killed as small plane crashes, Toronto, July 1, 1972