John "Jack" Boustead

  • Born: June 21, 1932
  • Died: March 13, 2016
  • Location: Searcy, Arkansas

Powell Funeral Home

2602 W. Beebe Capps Expy
Searcy, AR 72143
Tel. (501) 268-7220

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jack Boustead, age 83 of Searcy, died on Sunday, March 13, 2016. He was born on June 21, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to Henry Gordon Boustead and Elizabeth Bell Boustead. Jack is survived by his wife of 58 years, Billie; 4 children; Pam Dorsey and husband, Ken of Monroe, Louisiana, Cyndi Denney and husband, Richard of Searcy, Michael Boustead of Asheville, North Carolina, and Sarah Oats of Atlanta, Georgia; and 8 grandchildren, Jonathan Dorsey of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Amanda Dorsey of Monroe, Louisiana, Katelyn and Karleigh Denney, both from Searcy, Ashlyn, Nick, Luke and Ty Oats of Atlanta, Georgia. He had one sister, Margaret Slater, and one brother, Gordon Boustead. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Elizabeth Boustead, his sister, Margaret Slater, and one grandson, Landon Denney.

Jack taught and coached junior high basketball in East Detroit, Michigan for 21 years. Jack was a professor and coached swimming at Harding University for 20 years. He was an active member of College Church of Christ in Searcy. Jack enjoyed golf and was a member of the River Oaks Golf Club for several years. He even was lucky enough to get 2 holes in 1. He was a former volunteer at White County Hospital and an active volunteer at His House, always greeting everyone with a warm smile. Jack and Billie enjoyed traveling to many places around the world. Jack also enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. Jack loved his family and prayed daily for his children and grandchildren.

Visitation is Tuesday, March 15 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at Powell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 16 at 10:00 am at College Church of Christ with interment to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

The family has requested memorials to be made to:

The Landon Thomas Denney Scholarship Fund
Harding University
Box 12238
Searcy, AR 72149

World Christian Broadcasting
605 Bradley Court
Franklin, TN 37067


Condolence & Memory Journal

We enjoyed our time playing golf with Billie & Jack at River Oakes couples.
Fine people & we are sorry for your loss.

Posted by gail & wendell Nier - the villages, FL - Friend   March 18, 2016

It was always a pleasure to see Jack and Billie playing golf together at River Oaks in recent years, and I enjoyed teaming up with Jack many times in our Wednesday seniors league. He was a gracious, gentle Christian friend. Our sincere condolences to Billie and the family.

Posted by Sherry and Dennis Organ - Lebanon, TN - Friend   March 18, 2016

Our paths have not crossed much in the last 25 years but I have fond memories of Mr. Boustead and his sweet family. I loved growing up with Sarah. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Posted by Jill Wood - Judsonia, AR - Friend   March 17, 2016

Coach Boustead was a man of integrity, motivation and loved people. So glad to know him and his sweet family. Much love and many prayers.

Posted by Clara Carroll - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 16, 2016

Just read about Coach Boustead, such a great teacher. I had to have a class in swimming to get my Kines. degree, couldn't swim which was crazy at 25, but "Coach" was great helped me in so many ways. Loved the guy. I was in the class with Charles Gardner, Butch's brother and we had a time with Charles. Coach couldn't get Charles to float worth anything, we had fun at his expense. But Charles could wipe us out going to the bottom of the pool. Coach would throw a coin down to the bottom of the pool and we had to go get it. Charles had no problem ,I think his lungs never filled up with air, he just sank. haha. That's what i remember about his class, We will miss you Coach. God Bless You ! Just a student of yours. Ronnie James Mandrell

Posted by ronnie mandrell - judsonia, AR - Student   March 15, 2016

I was not a good swimmer and struggled through most of the strokes coming in near last in most of them except one: after I shot across the pool faster than everyone with the dolphin kick, I'll never forget Coach's surprise and shock. From then on, I was Aquaman to him :) That's my superhero origin story, but it was Coach's constant patience and encouragement that made me hang in there through all the other strokes until I found the kick that worked for me. From that turning point, I've since worked back through and gained a better appreciation, if not mastery, for all the strokes as he taught me. Every time I'm in the water, I inevitably think of Coach. I am so thankful for his impact on my life--he was a true superhero to me and, I know, to so many others. Blessings, condolences, and peace to his family--Coach will be dearly missed.

Posted by Carl Walker - Judsonia, AR - Student   March 15, 2016

Coach was such a good influence in my life. He saw more in me than I thought was possible. His gentle spirit, tenacious good will, and ability to shape young men was and is a rare combination. I am praying for your family in this time of grief.

Posted by Lawrence Underwood    March 14, 2016

I enjoyed his swim class, coach always showed patients and encouraged to do our best. coach was a great man.

Posted by jared chance - searcy, AR - Student   March 14, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss! We love your family and we're praying for an extra measure of peace to fill your hearts during this difficult time.

Posted by Jay and Ruth Simpson - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 14, 2016

Jack will be missed by many, many folks. He was always a friend and a good man. I enjoyed visiting with him on the golf course and he was kind to me as I was learning to play. I am grateful for his years of service to Harding and to the college congregation.

Posted by Larry R Long - Searcy, AR - Neighbor   March 14, 2016

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Mr. Boustead. Please know that you have been, and continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings to all of you at this time!!

Posted by Zac & Connie Muncy - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 14, 2016


Thank you for your tireless mentoring and patience. You will be missed.

Posted by Rick Krug - Flagstaff, AZ   March 14, 2016