"I still don't fish, still don't hunt and still don't play golf," he said. "But I sure love to cook."
Boyce and his wife, Carolyn, opened Country Boys Cooking in 2005 after spending most of their lives operating a family dairy established by Bill's father in 1947.
Today, the dairy, its 1,400 cows and almost 700 acres are gone.
The Boyces spent years trying to advance their claims that improperly treated sewage sludge -- applied to their land by City of Augusta officials as free fertilizer -- caused the downfall of their dairy by poisoning both cattle and soil.
A $550,000 jury award in June 2003 left the family, in the words of their lawyer, "vindicated but not compensated."
The award was a fraction of the $12.5 million in damages sought by the family in a trial that was watched nationally because of its implications on federal rules governing the use of sludge as fertilizer.
The end of the trial heralded the end of an era for the Burke County family.
"In September 2003, we milked our last cow," Boyce said. "We took a few weeks, made some decisions and shut the place down."
Today, the family continues to work together in a business venture that is -- literally -- in their own backyard.
Their loyal diners hail from as far east as Aiken and as far west as Thomson.
"We travel and cater a lot, too," Boyce said.
Each Thursday through Sunday, Boyce mans the smokers and grills. Friends and visitors gather nearby to chat and watch the meat turn to barbecue.
"Carolyn is the dessert expert," Boyce said. "I run things in the back."
Carolyn spends much of her time helping customers and making things such as red velvet cake, Key lime pie, banana pudding, peach cobbler -- even Butterfinger cake.
"We make just about anything people ask for," she said.
Although the dairy is gone, the memories are as close as the restaurant's rustic walls, which include framed portraits of some of the family's best cows.
There was a Holstein named Dixie -- an Augusta Exchange Club Fair champion for seven consecutive years; Alabama and Annell, both grand champions at the State Black & White show; and Haybo, a multiple winner in Georgia's State Championship.
"There's some things I don't miss about the dairy, but I sure do miss my good cows," Boyce said. "Through all of this, I never dreamed we could win the lawsuit, but still lose the farm."
Country Boys Cooking is tucked behind the Boyce home on Story Mill Road between Hephzibah and Waynesboro, Ga.