John Richard Brevell, Sr.
( January 11, 1935 - November 09, 2017 )
John Richard Brevell, Sr. went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2017 at 9:30 am after a brief illness. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Lufkin, TX. on January 11, 1935 to Johnnie Brevell and Viva Whisenant Brevell. He was a resident of Natchitoches, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lera Oaks and JoAnn Lewis and brother-in-law Weldon Lewis. Left to cherish his memories is his loving wife Bernadine, his sons John Richard Brevell Jr and his wife Sondra, Richard David Hebert and his wife Ronnette, Mike Hebert and his wife Janet, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and numerous beloved nephews and nieces. John was a retired welder from McDermott Inc. He was a dedicated welder and took pride in his work. He served in the Army and Army Reserves and received a National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a awesome husband, dad, step-dad, grandpa, father-in-law, brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. John was a humble man with a great big heart. He gave his love freely to those around him. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was “Special” to all of us and will be missed by everyone who knew him. A service of remembrance will be held at 10 am Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 9 am until 10 am on Saturday the 18th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.
Mary Ellen Johnson
( March 14, 1934 - November 12, 2017 )
A service to honor the life of Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, our loving mother, will be at 1 pm Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 527 Howard St., Natchitoches LA, 71457. Burial will follow at in the Central Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 am until 1 pm on Wednesday the 15th at Trinity Baptist Church of Natchitoches. Mother was 83 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, She passed away peacefully Nov 12th at her residence in Natchitoches. She was born March 14th, 1934, to John Edward Royston and Lela Hines Royston in Natchitoches, LA. Mom dedicated her life to teaching. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Special Education. After four years working in elementary education she spent 38 years working as a Special Education Teacher in Natchitoches Parish. Throughout her 40+ years career she taught over 600 children and touched the lives of many more. Mary was the Teacher of the Year for Natchitoches Parish in 1987. Mom was a longtime volunteer and coach with the Special Olympics and served as an Equestrian Coach for the Horseback for Handicapped program through Northwestern University for five years. She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Caseworker for five years, supporting youth and families seeking to adopt. We were so proud of Mom when she won the Mayor's Award in 1992 for her efforts with the CASA program. Mother was a women of strong faith and a long-time member of Trinity Baptist Church, she loved fellowship with her church family. She gave back to her church community, teaching adult Sunday School for three years and youth Sunday School for two years. She also served as the Church Treasurer for five years. Mom was a loving mother to us, grandmother, great grandmother and wife. She is reunited in Heaven with her parents John Edward Royston and Lela Hines Royston and her brothers and sisters: Hoyt Royston, Sammy Royston, Lessie May Royston Dutile, Verna Lee Royston Schmidt, Elmer Royston, Thelma Royston Brown and Lenola Royston Carpenter and her loving husband of 37 years, Philip Johnson.
She is survived by her children, Lyle Arvis "Arvy" Ross Jr. and his wife Christine of Ragley, LA, Rose Mary Ross Rowell and her husband Gary, of Charlotte, NC and John Crocker Ross of Shreveport, LA, and stepson Gerald Johnson of Dothan, AL. She was blessed with four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The Family would like to express special thanks and gratitude to Mary's niece Mrs. Betty Ann Lockhart, Mrs. Juanita Howell, Ms. Maggie Methvin and the entire Trinity Baptist Church family. Moms’ nephews will serve as pallbearers: Eddie Carpenter, Turner Lawson, Junior Reed, Jeff Shivers, Vernie Stengel and Wiley Williamson. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gordan Dutile, Ralph Cheek, and Jimmy Galloway.