Celebrity Bye, Bye BoxCar By People Staff Published on March 19, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email BoxCar Willie’s last appearance drew a full house. About 1,000 people filled the country star’s theater in Branson, Mo., Saturday to say good-bye to America’s singing hobo. BoxCar Willie, whose given name was Lecil Travis Martin, died Monday of leukemia at age 67. Among the mourners were Branson stars Mel Tillis, Andy Williams, Jim Stafford and Yakov Smirnoff. After the funeral service hundreds filed past the open coffin to view BoxCar — in his full hobo regalia, with an American flag at his side.