William “Billy” Ervin Kincy, (aka Bill K.), “the second eldest of three boys and three girls,” was born on August 1, 1947, to Rosie Lee Kincy who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his newborn daughter, Karen Kincy; sister, Bobbie Jean Kincy Richardson; and brother-in-law, Gary Clark. Bill K. succumbed this life at home on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
In Thomastown Louisiana, Billy attended elementary through high school and later became the statistician for the boys’ basketball team and a graduating member of Thomastown High School’s Class of 1965. To the family, “There wasn’t a mathematics problem that Billy could not solve. He would make the sound of a cash register and could state the answer to any word problem.”
At the age of 18, Billy was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. After high school graduation and upon returning home from Vietnam, he was employed with the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company until its closing. Well over 45 years, Billy has been an employee for both Montrose Gin/Montrose Air Service (aka Montrose Airport); he continued to work at the airport until death.
He leaves to mourn: two brothers, Cleveland “CJ” James Jones, Sr. (Linda) of Tallulah, LA, and Jerry Louis Jones of Gahanna, OH; two sisters, Rachel Delores Kincy Clark of Watsonville, CA, and Octavia Annette Kincy-Moten (Delbert) of TX; four adopted children, Gerald Wayne Hendrix (Najla) of Ft. Worth, TX, John Steven Hendrix (Catina) of Ft. Worth, TX; Kevin Leroy Hendrix of Lake Providence, LA, and Stephanie Annette Hendrix Huckaby (Roderick) of Ft. Worth, TX, seven grandsons, Broderick, Christopher, Daylon, Jaylen, John Jr., Kevin Jr., Stephen; five granddaughters , Alliyah, Dejsia, Demetria, Kaylia, and LaKimberly; five nephews, Kincy Clark (Grace), and Cleveland Jones, Jr. (Kimberly), Lemuel Jones (Shelina), Robert Jones, and Cardell White; eight nieces, Clevoshonda Jones Blair (Percy), Sherry Jones, Sonya Jones, Jamie Richardson Larose, Leah Richardson Moise, Rachel “MO” Moten, Allison Richardson, and Rhonda White; six great-nephews, Sanders Clark, Anthony Jones, Cleveland Jones III, Jaric Jones, William “Lavelle” Jones, Sr., and DeVaughn Simon; eleven great-nieces, Tamaria Bell, Vittoria Clark, Rob’Briana Clay, Shaquala Douglas, Kayland Jones, Destiny Lee, Adrienne Moise, Randi Pinkney, Alexandra Richardson, Shelisa Sutton, and A’Dyias White; five great-great-nephews, William Jones Jr., Ke’marrion Lewis, Xander Richardson, Alexander Simon, and Dante Simon; one great-great-niece, Justyce Honeycutt; and one special cousin, Shirley Cannon.
Vietnam War Reflective Essay
The Vietnam War was the second largest conflict in American history. It was fought between North and South Vietnam, along with their respective allies. The alliances between United States and South Vietnam provided economic and military aid against communist control. North Vietnam’s focus on war was to unify Vietnam under communist regime with similarities of the Soviet Union and China. Through 1954 and 1975, three U.S. Presidents were in office at the time of war. During Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, he was the first who cordially initiated and introduced American troops to Vietnam for combat forces. William “Billy” Kincy (uncle and eldest of three maternal brothers) received a formal letter via mail from President Lyndon B. Johnson drafting him into the Vietnam War for military service.
During the Vietnam War, there weren’t any voluntary contributions. Uncle Billy was enlisted in compulsory recruitment for military service. Highest of the service hierarchy, he was placed into food personnel by examination of consecutive tests. However, Billy was under the impression that if he were to flunk all tests, he would be able to return home. Those in authority nonchalantly told Billy and others that the number of failed tests denied reinstatement. Therefore, he began to score higher on the placement tests to refrain from being listed as a foot soldier on fighting grounds. His new scores placed him in food personnel as a cook. He managed a mess hall (cafeteria) as a sergeant and supervised six other soldiers. Billy entered the Vietnam War as a private first class and departed as a specialist (Specialist 5, E5) ranking above his initial military status.
While in Vietnam, Uncle Billy experienced traumatic events that caused a toll on his mental stability. He witnessed dead corpses in rocket attacks, grenade launches, and cannon explosions. Upon returning home, he suffered from a minor diagnosis of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). His former fiancé Thelma restricted Billy’s viewing of war commercials, movies, and photographs shown on television because he endured nightmares and sleep insomnia. These short but long-term effects, in other words, from the Vietnam War explain Billy’s current behavior and influential characteristics. It was fascinating to learn a historical side of Uncle Billy, and to his dismay only strengthened our relationship at a respectable standpoint.
Rachel “MO” Moten