J. L. (Slim) Hoyt, Jr.
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Services for John L. Hoyt, Jr. will be held Monday, August 6, 2012 at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home at 11 am. Burial will be in the Alexandria Memorial Gardens with Dr. Lee Weems officiating.
Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home Sunday, August 5, 2012 from 5 pm to 7 pm and Monday from 9:30 am until time of service.
Mr. Hoyt, age 97, of Alexandria, died Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Regency House.
J. L. was born in Wilda, on April 17, 1915. Since the schoolhouse was 3 1/2 miles from his home, and too far for him to walk to school alone, the Hoyt family moved to Cheneyville in November 1922, using a mule-drawn wagon. At the age of 7, his parents put him in a covered wagon and sent him, by himself, to his first day of school. He continued his education and his excellent grades, until he graduated from Cheneyville High School in 1932. J. L. began his engineering studies for the first 2 years of college at Southern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette, then graduated from Louisiana State University in 1938 with a B. S. degree in petroleum engineering.
Immediately after graduation, J.L. hitchhiked to find a job with an oilfield company, Pan American, and began his career as a roustabout on Sunday, May 5, 1938 in Valentine. Soon after, he met his future wife and life- long partner, Louise Pace Hoyt. Climbing the ranks, he was promoted to district production foreman of the Port Barre field in 1941. L.L. and Louise were married on January 19, 1941 in Conroe, Texas, and began their lives together while living in company furnished houses on oilfield property. In 1945, he became District Superintendent of Valley District. He and Louise relocated to Houston, Texas.
In February of 1957, they moved to New Orleans, when he recieved a promotion to District Superintendent. In 1959, another move, took them to FortWorth, Texas, where he became Division Production Superintendent of the Texas-New Mexico division. In 1971, the family returned to Houston.
J.L. retired after 40 years of continuous service with the consolidated company, Amoco Production Company in May 1978.
In 1978, rthe Hoyt family moved to Alexandria, J.L. tended to his timber business.
J.L. was an avid fisherman, golfer, and hunter all his life. For several years, he earned timber business awards as Central Louisiana's Outstanding Tree Farmer.
J.L. was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church from 1978 until his death. He was a past board member of Alexandria Golf and Country Club. He was a long time member of the Masons and Scottish Rite.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John L. Hoyt and Marcelite Kerry Hoyt; his wife; Louise Pace Hoyt, and brothers; George and Wilber Hoyt.
Survivors include his daughter; Marilyn and husband, Rodney DeVille of Alexandria, son; Robert Hoyt and wife, Janice of Dallas, Texas and son; Hal Hoyt of Rockwall, Texas. granddaughter; Angela Butner of Houston, Texas, grandson; Robert Hoyt, Jr. and wife, Megan of Dallas, Texas, grandaughter; Mellissa and husband, Kevin Franklin of Ball, and one great-grandchild, Janie Louise Franklin.
Pallbearers are; John Lyford, Max Hoyt, Fred Hoyt, Ted Hoyt, Bobby Hoyt, Dr. Bill Long, and Kevin Franklin.
Honorary pallbearers; Robert Bates, Dave Davidson and Fred Tarber.
Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 5, 2012