William B. �Bill� Baggett
William Boyce �Bill� Baggett passed away, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 85.
Mr. Baggett attended Louisiana State University where he received his undergraduate degree while running the field as an extraordinary halfback on the 1948 – 1950 Tiger football team. In 1953, he married the love of his life, his bride, Kara Gael Salter Baggett. While attending night school to finish his Juris Doctorate, he was drafted into the NFL by the Los Angeles Rams and was traded to the Dallas Texans to play in the 1952 season. After graduating from LSU Law School in 1953, he enlisted as an officer in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, serving for 3 years. He made the College Football All-America Team, and was inducted into the LSU Football Hall of Fame in 1989, jersey number 14. He has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America directory and was inducted as a Fellow in both the American College and International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was the President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association from 1966 – 1967, the President of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association in 1967, served on the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America from 1972 – 1975, and was the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1980.
Baggett was a longtime member of the LTBA. Along with his wife Gael, he campaigned and/or bred many successful Louisiana-breds including stakes winners Pantara Phantom, $284,437; Hottamolly, $157,618; Jerold�s Princess; Rose of Sophia; Silver Jug, etc.
Survivors include his wife, Gael Baggett; children, William B. Baggett, Jr. and wife, Rae Lee, Judy Blaire Baggett Maselli, Christopher Frank Baggett and wife, Jane; grandchildren, Katie, Annie, Kara, Kaough, Molly, Sophia, Gus, Caroline, Blake, and Erin; and Christine Hebert, devoted secretary for over 30 years.
Visitation is from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Services will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Sale Street Baptist Church. Burial will be in Prien Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Baggett’s memory to the Louisiana State University Tiger Athletic Foundation William B. Baggett Scholarship Fund or Sale Street Baptist Church. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.