William Webster Scaife

July 12, 1952August 12, 2020

William Webster Scaife passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 12, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 68. Throughout his life William was known to everyone as “Bill,” “Big B,” “Wild Bill,” “Backlash Bill,” and most recently “Grandad” to his adoring grandchildren. He was born in Midland, Texas to the late Miriam Jewel and William Perry Scaife. Bill will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 42 years, Linda Lagarde Scaife; his loving children and their spouses, William “Billy” Lagarde Scaife (Adrienne) and Christine Scaife Beavers (Will); his grandchildren Ruby Jewel Scaife, Kennedy Claire Beavers, William James Beavers; his sister Cecile Scaife Manny (Ben); his brother John “Jack” Miller Scaife; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins in Virginia, California, and New Orleans. Bill spent his professional career as a Senior Staff Exploration Geophysicist and Environmental and Safety Manager for several major oil companies in Louisiana and Texas, including Amoco, BP, and Stone Energy. He was a mentor for many young geophysicists and helped them to hone their mapping skills for high-tech seismic processing. A graduate of Louisiana State University’s undergraduate and graduate schools, Bill was integral in ensuring and enforcing safety protocols on and off-shore prior to his retirement in 2009. Throughout their life together, Bill and Linda shared countless adventures filled with love and laughter. An avid outdoorsman, Bill was most at peace when communing with nature, whether fishing for redfish in the marsh, hunting elk in Colorado, pheasant in South Dakota, or dove hunts in Georgia. His most cherished times were spent at “The Property”, family-owned land in Mississippi, gardening and bee keeping to create Backlash Bill Honey & Hot Sauce, and creating one-of-a-kind adventures with cherished with friends and family. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, on Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 2020 at 3:00. Visitation will begin 1:30. Interment will follow in the adjacent St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donations to Catholic Relief Services. An online guestbook is available at


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Chris Lally

August 22, 2020

I had the best 2 years ever when I worked on the Mardi Gras project with Bill and Jim. We were always laughing and joking and I always remember teaching Bill some of my English phrases - wish I could post his favorite quote here but might be a bit too much. May Bill and Jim RIP.

My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and family at this very sad time.

Dorothy Jean Webster

August 20, 2020

Bill had a loving, genuine, funny personality. I saw laughter in his face all the time. He had such a life and history that I didn’t know of until recently, but it seemed to me he had it best and had it all with Linda, and Christine, Billy, their respective spouses and of course, those beautiful grandchildren. I’ll remember him always.

Terry Smith

August 20, 2020

Bill was an awesome friend, co-worker and boss! I enjoyed the times we had together! He was a very intelligent man and a great guy to work with and for! I am truly sorry for the family's loss. He was too young to leave his earthly life! Rest now in peace my friend! Terry L. Smith


August 19, 2020

Not a man walks the earth that has the same unique blend of kindness, humility, humor, love for family, passion for the great outdoors, intelligence and heart for mischief as Bill Scaife. We often say you can know the character of a person by the fruit born in their life. Indeed, this is evident with Bill. His life was rich, from start to finish, and his legacy of love is surviving and thriving through his children and grandchildren, extended family and friends. I can't help but smile every time I think of him. He knew how to make anyone feel welcome, his home was/is yours, too. I have a lifetime of irreplaceable memories with a cousin I'll never forget. Crawfish boils, target practices, gun safety, 4-wheeler rides, feeding chickens, fishing, Christmas sing-a-longs, gumbos, late night chats about life and family, adventures at The Property and more. He made the world a better place and will be missed greatly. Xoxo

Gerren Sias

August 18, 2020

To the Scaife Family,
My deepest condolences on your loss. My wife and I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve.

William Webster

August 18, 2020

Our family has lost a wonderful nephew and cousin.The world has lost a terrific man and dedicated outdoors man.We have many shared moments with Bill and Linda. Unfortunately not enough, but I treasure those times we had together. He will be greatly missed and leaves void that will never be filled.

Lord see our beloved Bill. Take him where he needs to be

Lily Burnett Billeaud

August 18, 2020

Webb texted me about Bill. I am so sorry. Though we’ve not seen each other lately, I have warm memories of him. My prayers with you and Billy and Christine. I promise to speak to you soon.
My love at this sad time in your life, Lily

Cheryl Black

August 17, 2020

I am praying for you Linda and family. Jim and I always enjoyed having Bill over to shoot guns at the Columbus ranch. It was always fun when Bill was around.

Jesse and I will never forget Bill coming to take us out to eat after loosing Jim. He just wanted to make sure we were ok. Such a wonderful man who will be missed.

Cheryl Black

Betty Vega

August 17, 2020

Dear Linda,

I was deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the funeral service, but I offer my sincerest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Your cousin Betty

Jerry and Marlene Wenzel Wenzel

August 17, 2020

We lost a great and caring friend. Words cannot express our sorrow. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. Bill was great friend and co-worker. We worked many years together at Amoco, BP, and then Stone and I was proud to be on his team. He and Linda became good friends throughout the years and Bill will be greatly missed. He was always upbeat and enthusiastic about his work and had a great sense of humor he shared with all. He was pleasant to be around and had a passion for work and the outdoors. He shared many funny and incredible stories about his adventures with us all. I can still remember his great laugh. Our deepest condolences to Linda and the entire family.
Jerry & Marlene Wenzel

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