William A. Gibson III, lovingly known as “Billy”, was born Dec. 25, 1950, in Natchitoches. He passed away suddenly at the age of 69 Sunday morning, Jan. 19, 2020, at the camp on Hampton Lake, Natchitoches. “A man couldn’t ask for much better surroundings to close his windows for the last time.”

Billy is survived by Elizabeth Welch, soulmate and partner of 17 years; his three children, daughter, Andrea Gibson and her two children, Brinley and Gannon of Shreveport, daughter, Leslie and her husband Troy Tuminello and their daughter Brooke of Shreveport, and son, Rayne Gibson and wife Danielle of Forest Hill; brothers, Arty Gibson of Natchitoches and Gary Gibson of Dallas, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, A.B. and Gertrude Simpson and William A. and Marcelite Gibson; parents, William A. Gibson II and wife Hazel, all of Natchitoches.

Billy loved life! He was “all about” his family and friends and employees. He loved them and they loved him back!

It’s hard to fully describe the man Billy was.

His passions describe him best…

Cooking, watching LSU or “The Saints” football, building ECO Wholesale Nursery and watching it grow, building “anything BIG”, pouring concrete, riding Razors, camping, telling stories, pulling pranks, laughing, surprises, winning jackpots, playing golf once in a blue moon, big screen TVs, couches with cup holders, powdered donuts and M&Ms, driving his tractor and mini-hoe, freshly graded roads, sunsets on the river, “The Camp”, “The island”, hunting, playing cards, sitting around the fire, drinking with friends in “The Bar”, smoking and gathering with friends and family, birthday parties (his was Dec. 25!), helping others, giving gifts, watching his kids grow, vacations, the Jamaican wedding, politics, “The Pond”, the wood ducks, and cranes, teasing, giving people a hard time-then, giving in! “The BFS”, the Forest Hill Community and everyone in it! Old friends, new friends and friends gone too soon.

Billy loved his life!

He didn’t want a sad wake or a funeral service. He wanted us to have a party.

We are calling it a “Celebration of Billy’s Life” but he’d call it a party!

Family and friends, please come and celebrate with us!

EVERYONE is invited to a pig roast Saturday, Feb. 1 at “The Camp,” 1026 Hampton Road, Natchitoches from noon – until?