Billy Joe Booth
No. 65     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1940-04-07)April 7, 1940
Place of birth: Minden, Louisiana
Date of death: June 30, 1972(1972-06-30) (aged 32)
Place of death: Dorchester, Ontario
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Billy Joe Booth
ReligionMissionary Baptist
Spouse(s)Janice Schouest Booth
ChildrenMike 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 graduate from Louisiana State University. 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. He graduated from Minden High School in 1958 and then LSU in 1962, having 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 careerEdit

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
  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
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