A native of Shreveport, Billy had an outstanding prep career at Byrd High School where he made All-State in football as a junior and senior before graduating in 1956. First attending Texas A&M for a year on a football scholarship, Billy transferred to a Louisiana Tech in 1957 and lettered three years for the Bulldogs. As a senior he served as co-captain and helped Tech go 9-1 and win a conference championship in one of its greatest seasons ever. After graduation from Tech he attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans and has become one of the nation's leaders in sports medicine. Residing in Shreveport, he still serves as Tech's athletic team doctor, donating countless hours of his time while also furnishing Tech's training room with the latest in equipment. His continual support of Louisiana Tech Athletics easily qualifies him for a "Most Valuable Player" award each and every year.