Death Notices

Richard L. Johnson
November 7, 1928 – October 3, 2022

johnsonRichard L. Johnson, born November 7, 1928 to Louis and Ellie (Regions) Johnson, peacefully traveled to his Heavenly home on October 3, 2022 at the age of 93.

Richard lived a long and eventful life. Growing up in a family of five sisters and brothers, life was, to say the least, interesting. He had many tales to tell about the days of his youth.

Graduating from Readhimer High School he attended Southwestern University in Lafayette. After college, he began working as a plant supervisor at the Foremost Milk Plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Feeling that the city was not the right place to raise a family, he moved back home to Readhimer where he took a job with Roy O. Martin Wood Products as an electrician and maintenance supervisor for the sawmill in Castor, Louisiana. In 1973 he undertook the role of Curator for Briarwood, The Caroline Dorman Nature Preserve. Under the hand of Richard and his wife, Jessie (Fair) Johnson, the preserve flourished and became a noted tourist stop for people from around the world. His love of the outdoor s and nature was an inspiration to all of us to get out and explore, enjoy and care for the world around us. He had a helpful and giving heart and loved visiting with everyone.

Richard is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Jessie Johnson; son, Richard M. Johnson and wife, Denise; daughter, Caroline Ann Hough and husband, Tony; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his youngest brother, Leslie Johnson.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Ellie Johnson; sisters, Julia Hale, Isabel Hickory, Mozelle Dorsey, Nettie Nork, Willie Mae Johnson, Louisa Fremming; and brother, Jerry Johnson.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hand-In-Hand Hospice and Forest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care of Richard.

A memorial service will be held for Richard at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Briarwood Nature Preserve, 216 Caroline Dorman Road, Saline, Louisiana 71070.

Rickey Eugene Crowell
May 27, 1956 – September 30, 2022

crowellMr. Rickey Eugene Crowell, age 66, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2022 after a lengthy illness. Ricky was born in Hodge, Louisiana (1956) and graduated from Arcadia High School (1974) and Louisiana Tech University (1979).

His major was Education and he taught and coached at Ringgold High School and Arcadia High School. For the last 30 years, Rickey coached football at West Ouachita High School, a sport he was passionate about. He helped to shape the lives of hundreds of young men, not only teaching them the game of football, but giving them life lessons as well. But Rickey wasn’t just a football coach; he was a very dedicated and conscientious Civics teacher, and he prided himself in making sure his students understood the workings of our country and what it meant to be a good citizen. Rickey loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also collected guns and it was said that his collection was constantly growing.

Coach Crowell is survived by his children, Bridget Susanne Langley, and Cody Eugene Crowell; grandson, Ethan Langley; sister, Vickie Crowell Watts; brother-in-law, Jeff Watts; niece, Danielle Watts; and nephew, Eric Watts.

Preceding Rickey in death is his father, Garland E. Crowell; mother, Margie (O’Neil) Crowell; and nieces, Angela Watts and Brianna Watts.

Funeral services were held in Southern-Edmonds chapel, officiated by Bro. Neil Wigley. Burial followed at Ansley Cemetery in Ansley, Louisiana under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were some of Rickey’s fellow coaches, Jimbo Murphy, Matt Middleton, Mike Rainwater, Bubba Zigler, Mike Nicklas, Mitch Thomas, Wes Williams, and Jansen May.

Jo Dell Jeane
October 28, 1937 – September 30, 2022

jeanneJo Dell Jeane, age 84 of Chatham, made her journey from this life into her Heavenly home on Friday, September 30, 2022. Jo Dell will be remembered for being a hard worker. She worked in management and was used to taking care of most everything on her own. She loved being at the lake and on the water. She absolutely adored her furbabies, especially her dog Elvis and her cat Willie.

Those left to cherish her memory are her nieces and nephews, Joanna Young, Pat Francher (Margaret), Jerry Francher, Eddie Francher; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Charlotte (Etheridge) Miller; siblings, Walter Miller, KJ Miller, Sue Francher.

Jo Dell Jeane’s wishes were to be cremated and her family respectfully has carried out her wishes.


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