Dr. Luvonia Casperson

July 28, 1931September 7, 2020

Dr. Frances Luvonia Johnson Casperson, PhD Economics, died on September 7th, 2020 at the age of 89, at her home in Orange Beach, AL.

Luvonia was born to James Otho Johnson and Bertie Mae Smith on July 28, 1931 in Megargel, AL. She graduated from Elba High School in May of 1949. On August 17, 1950 she married Clarence Ralph Casperson in Mobile, AL and to this marriage three children were born.

After she married, she lived in Mobile, AL and later on a farm in Fairhope, AL where, among other ventures, she had a successful business breeding Toy Fox Terriers, a reminder of her lifelong love for animals. In 1967 the family moved to Norman, OK where she completed her degree work and became an instructor of economics at Oklahoma City University and a research associate and teaching associate at the University of Oklahoma.

In 1975 she moved to Shreveport, LA and became a faculty member of Louisiana State University at Shreveport as a professor of economics. There she served as Chairman of the Department of Economics and director of the Center for Business Research, received numerous awards and accolades, and did postdoctoral work as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Indonesia.

She was known and respected for her work in breaking down barriers for women in the field of economics and was a mentor to many colleagues and students. She was also honored to serve as President of the Southwestern Economics Association as well as President of the National Association of Forensic Economics

After retirement she moved to the Gulf Coast where she hoped to walk on the beaches of her childhood every day. She continued to work in academia as a world-travelling professor through OU’s Extended Campus program. She also received her real estate license and became a real estate agent.

Education was one of her highest values and proudest achievements; she was the first college graduate in her family line. She was proud to note that each of her eight grandchildren is a college graduate.

She will be remembered as a mother who loved her children and fiercely loved her grandchildren, who fondly called her Bubbie.

Luvonia is survived by her son John Casperson, wife Wendy; son Eric Casperson, wife Lana; daughter Erin Milligan, husband Aaron. Grandchildren, Liza King, husband AJ; Shawn Milligan, wife Brandi; Erica Casperson Jenkins, husband James; Beth Casperson Ferrara, husband Dave; Clinton Casperson, wife Paige; Katherine Casperson; Zac Milligan; Claire Milligan. Great-grandchildren Henry, Charles, and BetsyKate Jenkins; William Casperson; Paxton and Cruz Milligan; Arthur Slagter; Emma and Wyatt Casperson. Her sister Linda Rodgers, husband Jimmy. Her special cousin Melbaleen Lewis Yager, fondly known to her as “Meanie.” Five nieces and four nephews are surviving. She is also lovingly remembered by her dear friend, Dr. Alex Kondonassis.

Luvonia was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, James Flois Johnson and Kenneth Johnson, and their wives.

Her family extends a special thanks to her extended family at Bella Luna Property Management.

Pallbearers: Shawn Milligan, Clint Casperson, Zac Milligan, Claire Milligan, Katie Casperson, Jim Johnson, James Jenkins

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Pine Crest Funeral Home on Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile, Alabama, with a chapel service immediately following. Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery.


  • John Casperson, Son
  • Eric Casperson, Son
  • Erin Milligan, Daughter

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Adrienne Critcher

September 20, 2020

My husband Bobby and I were in a Gourmet Club with Luvonia for many years when we were all faculty members at LSUS. We shared so many good times, and good food, together! A special memory: at a dinner at Luvonia's house, Bobby broke one of her beautiful crystal water glasses. We asked the pattern so we could replace it, but Luvonia said she didn't know--she had bought it while on a cruise in the Caribbean. She said not to worry about it, but we took the broken glass to a local jewelry store and they found the match for us (this was before you could find anything on the Internet!). It turned out to be quite expensive but of course we replaced it. I always loved that Luvonia said the right thing and we did the right thing.

Mary Mcbride

September 17, 2020

Sincere sympathy to Luvonia’s family. I was on the faculty with her during her career at LSUS, and we played doubles tennis together two or three afternoons a week for several years. I liked the memory of one of her family that listed college football, gumbo, and pecan pie——can’ beat that for a description. Mary McBride

Laurie Adkins (Wilcox)

September 12, 2020

My friendship with Dr C (she never minded that I called her this) began while I was an LSUS student in the late 70’s & continued into the 80’s. We both enjoyed tennis & she alway welcomed me into her home. Karen & I were friends & coworkers while she lived with Dr C so we spent a lot of time together. Her love for teaching was very apparent & she thoroughly enjoyed her students. I continued to think of Dr C through the years even though we had not spoken in many years. I offer my condolences to her family. Dr C was very special to many people. May God bless your family.

Laurie Adkins (Wilcox)

Chris Burnes

September 11, 2020

Aunt Luvonia

How lucky is a niece to have an Aunt dry her tears as child and all
the way into adulthood? Very, very lucky indeed.

Aunt Luvonia was my friend and confidant. She was an educated strong woman that had friends from all walks of life—from all over the world. My aunt was welcoming, inclusive, and a promoter of fun. She loved tennis, gourmet cooking, and family gatherings.

As a developing woman I admired that she left relationships that weren’t worthy of her. I absolutely credit her for my deep love of the beach and animals. And also my appreciation for fine linens and beautiful ‘matching’ pajamas that she and her only sister instilled in me as a southern woman.

My heart aches for my mother as she is the last of her four siblings. There is just something special about shared experiences and memories that no one else on earth can reminisce.

Aunt Luvonia took me in during one of the hardest parts of my life. And now I share with you all the two pieces of advice she gave me during that time. One was in a fortune cookie, the other she had clipped out of the newspaper: “Never let anyone live rent free in your mind’ and ‘pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain.”

Thank you and Safe travels dear Aunt Luvonia,
Love Chris

Patricia Sanderson

September 10, 2020

Luvonia, my Friend. A friendship that spanned 50 years. What can I say? You are irreplaceable. A friendship that began in graduate school. In the early 1970’s as I began my doctorate in Economics at OU, Luvonia was there, one of the few female students in economics. For awhile, Luvonia and I were the only females in the program and then Tahany Nagar joined. We formed a very tightly knit group as only can be formed under such stressful conditions. We maintained that friendship throughout the years. We knew each other’s children and family. We knew each other’s hopes, dreams, anxieties. Over these years, one consistent theme for Luvonia was her family. She loved each one of you. She always had photos and proudly showcased each one’s accomplishments. Luvonia was a supportive beam for her family, her friends, her pets. Luvonia and Steve Robinson helped in keeping this closely knit group of OU graduates close together in the latter years. We met annually with Dr. Kondonassis who inspired us and kept us motivated to always do our best, to never give up on ourselves, on goodness, on vision for making this a better world for all peoples. Abdul Turay, Mike O’Neil, Tahany Nagar, Steve Robinson, with Luvonia as the glue, we stuck together over these 50 years. Many other colleagues and friends have been a welcome part of our group over the years. Luvonia and each of us welcomed new friends and associates. But for a group to continue for 50 + years, it must be nurtured. How will we continue without Luvonia? It’s sad. And yes, I am feeling a little sorry for myself and for our loss. But it is the love we have for each other and for a vision of what we stand for, what we have worked for all of our lives, that we will continue, but we will always miss Mike O’Neil, the youngest and first one of the group to pass, and now Luvonia. Thank you to Luvonia’s family for sharing her with us for all these years. You are her real accomplishment and joy. She Loved You

Ken Johnson

September 9, 2020

Going to miss Alabama/Oklahoma football,Pecan pie ,Gumbo, and my Aunt Luvonia.

Yolanda and Alex Kondonassis

September 8, 2020

We have so many fond memories of Luvonia, whose warmth and generosity will remain with us always. A loyal friend to the end, she aded so much to all the lives she touched. She will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace, Luvonia. We love you.
- Alex and Yolanda Kondonassis

DJ Drury

September 8, 2020

Luvonia, what a lucky person I am for having you in my life for so many years. I will miss you with a feeling that will leave a hole in my heart that cannot be healed. I have met most of your immediate family and I am so sorry for the loss to all of you. Heaven has another angel to make God smile. I am going to keep so many memories in my head and heart and even see the picture in my office of you in the boat with us going to see the Blue Angels.

I love you and I shall miss you so very much.


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