More detail on this person: Benny Gene Doyal was born in Campti, Louisiana, on October 28, 1939, to Luby Benjamin Doyal and Selia M. (Thomisee) Doyal. He went peacefully to his Heavenly Home on December 26, 2017, at the age of 78. Benny's family was poor. His dad left them during his elementary years and they moved around a lot. At one time, they lived in a tent on the river, and then in a shack. They ended up in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where Benny and his mom and brothers and sisters picked cotton. Benny started his first job at the age of eleven, working at a saw mill, then a cotton gin. In 1956, at the age of 17, Benny joined the Army and served twenty years as an aircraft mechanic, helicopter pilot, and maintenance officer, with two tours in Viet Nam. He finished high school and earned a college degree while in the service, and retired with honors as a commissioned officer in 1977. He then continued to serve the Army for another twenty-three years as the Director of Logistics at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, retiring a second time in 2000. Benny continued his education while working at Fort Leavenworth, earning a double Master's degree, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 1987 from Webster University. Benny was a businessman. In 1990, while still working at Fort Leavenworth, Benny and his wife, Becky, established Doyal Properties, and they became landlords, investing in rental houses and apartment complexes. In just twelve years, Doyal Properties employed ten management/ maintenance personnel and provided quality housing for 324 families. In 2002, Benny and Becky sold everything and moved to Arkansas, where Benny established Homeport Land Company, LLC, and became a land developer. For the next five years, Benny purchased, developed, and sold lake-front and lake-view properties on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake and along the White River. Benny was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, one sister, and one brother. He is survived by one brother, one sister, two daughters, three sons, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Burial information: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas
This information was last updated 12/31/2017
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