James Bennett Boyce
HUNTSVILLE – James Bennett Boyce of Oakhurst, San Jacinto County, died on Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Mr. Boyce was born Aug. 31, 1944 in San Angelo, Tom Green County. He was the son of Mary Virginia Bennett and Charles Ward Boyce Jr. He married Ynette Aden, his high school sweetheart, in Stephens Creek, San Jacinto County, in 1965. To this union two sons were born. He was the valedictorian of the 1962 graduating class of India Grace High School in Coldspring. He obtained a BS degree from Sam Houston State College in 1967 and an M.Ed. from Sam Houston State University in 1972 in Huntsville. He attended Texas Tech University Medical School in Lubbock from 1984-1986. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since 1974, he served in many capacities throughout the years: scout master of Boy Scout Troop 1046, Young Men’s president, Elder’s Quorum president, and was at the time of his death a member of the High Council of the College Station Texas Stake assigned to the Madisonville Branch. He was a Master Mason of the Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 37 AF & AM. Mr. Boyce retired from Goodrich ISD as superintendent of schools in 2003 after 34 years in education. He was an administrator in Huntsville ISD. He taught math, physics, chemistry, biology and outdoor education in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD. He also taught biology in Abernathy ISD. He served as president of the Texas State Science Teachers Association and president of the Texas Outdoor Education Association. He was a member of the Physics Honor Society. He was also an avid genealogist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, backpacking, canoeing and raising pecan trees. He authored many scientific papers. After retirement he worked at Region VI Educational Service Center in Huntsville as a grant writer and field service agent. Anyone who met James for any length of time always went away with a James Boyce story – “I remember when James/Mr. Boyce and I....” He loved to learn. He had a unique gift of explaining complex things in simple terms to those who were willing to listen and learn. He was a lifelong educator. He was known as someone who loved mankind no matter their status in life, religious affiliation or color of their skin. He dearly loved his wife, sons, brother, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and niece, Becky Boyce Flarity. He is survived by his wife, Ynette; two sons, Charles Aden (Terri) Boyce and William “Bill” Marshall (Jenn) Boyce; brother, John Charles (Lunette) Boyce, all of Oakhurst. He is also survived by his grandchildren, all of Oakhurst: William “Will” Legro and twin sister, Virginia “Ginny” Ann, Katie Lynn Boyce, children of Charles and Terri and Porter Dawson Boyce, son of Bill and Jenn Boyce. Preceding him in death are his parents. Funeral services for Mr. Boyce will be at 10 a. m. Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville, with College Station Stake President David Prier of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints conducting. Interment will follow at Raven Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst with graveside services conducted by Bishopric Counselor Jerry Don Toole of the Huntsville 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Additional Masonic graveside services will be conducted by the members of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 37 AF & AM, Coldspring. Serving as pallbearers: Gene Ballew, Jr., Brian Bennett, Kenneth E. Bennett, Jim Bennett, Zane S. Bennett and Clay Webb.