March 12, 1929-Dec. 3, 2021
Mead Hargis Boydstun, 92, passed away peacefully Dec. 3, 2021, in Shreveport from a short battle with cancer. He was an educator throughout most of his working career. Mead was born in Natchitoches March 12, 1929, to Benjamin Kendall Boydstun and Eunice Augustus Hargis Boydstun.
Mead attended Natchitoches High School and graduated in May 1946. Immediately after high school, he joined the Marine Corps as World War II was winding down. A few years later, Peel as he was known, was drafted into the U.S. Army Artillery section at the beginning of the Korean War. He was stationed near San Antonio, Texas, in 1950 and married Annie Lucille Guillot of Alexandria. He achieved the rank of Corporal in 1951, and served at the White Sands Missile Range. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1953 they moved to Shreveport.
He attended Northwestern State College and received his Bachelor degree in Education in 1955. He taught at several high schools in Shreveport. Mead began teaching at Byrd High School from 1957 – 60 and then Woodlawn High School until 1967 and returning to Natchitoches to raise their four children. He received a Master’s degree in Education in 1969 from Northwestern. He taught at Natchitoches Jr. High, Principal at Natchitoches Academy and taught math at Natchitoches Central High School from 1971 until retiring from teaching in 1986, and moved to Bossier City where he married Margaret Babcock. They resided in the Shady Grove Community of Bossier for many years enjoying daily walks through the neighborhood, gardening and doing yard work. He could always be heard whistling or humming a tune during most everything he did. He attended Bellaire Baptist Church in Bossier City, serving as an usher for several years. Mead resided in the Chateau Montclair Memory care facility with Margaret until his time of death.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, or Caroline as some call her; her daughter, Debbie Whittington and her two sons Jamey Merritt and Joel Merritt of Bossier City; his four children, Cheryl Hamilton and husband Jerry of New Braunfels, Texas, and their sons Chris and Tom, Cathy Finder of Racine, Wis., and her daughter Shelly; Mike Boydstun and wife JoAnne of Many and their three children, Molly Lee of Bossier City, Emily Rains of Many and Joe Boydstun of Many, Mark Boydstun and wife Janie of Bossier City and their two children, Matt Boydstun of Benton and Melanie Poole of Shreveport.
Interment was at Hill Crest Memorial Park in Haughton, 601 US Hwy 80 East, Sunday, Dec. 5. The pastor of Bellaire Baptist Church, Dr. Randy Harper, officiated.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Joe Boydstun, Matt Boydstun, Chris Hamilton and Tom Hamilton; great-grandson, Kent Rains; and step-grandsons, Joel Merritt and Jamey Merritt.
The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Chateau Montclair Memory Care and Southern Care Hospice Services for their loving care.