Howard Lee Richard

August 11, 1941January 13, 2018
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Howard Lee Richard was called home on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the age of 76, surrounded by his family in his home in Gillis, LA. He was born on August 11, 1941 in Bell City, LA to Jack and Mamie Richard. After graduating from Ragley High school, he went to LSU to pursue a law degree but instead moved home to run the farm with his father. He married Joyce Alston on January 19, 1963. He was a farmer for most of his adult life. Howard had a heart of gold, and would give you the shirt off of his back. His love for the Lord was evident in his servant’s heart during his sacrificial caring of his mother, father, and brother, Elmer, before their journey to our Heavenly Father. He faithfully attended mass at St. Theodore Catholic church as long as he was able, but he never stopped praying even in his harder days. During the harder days, he lived apart from his first love and his family, but through time the Lord healed all and the bond was strengthened. He looked forward to watching his grandchildren’s ball games and recitals, and supporting his Louisiana sports teams. His favorite times were the holidays and afternoons spent with his entire family together. He loved to dance, and in his final days he made many people laugh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mamie Richard, his sister, Mary Nell Newman, and his brothers, Edward Richard and Elmer Richard. Those remaining to cherish his memory are the love of his life, Joyce Alston Richard of Sulphur, his children Devin Richard (Kim), of Dequincy, LA, Nerissa Anthony of Moss Bluff, LA, Shanna Eggleston (Vaughn), of Moss Bluff, LA, Stacy Perry (John), of Sulphur, LA, and Courtnie Erbelding (Chris), of Sulphur, LA. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The passing of Howard Richard, though difficult for his family, provided many layers of healing and a strengthening of faith. We believe what it says in Philippians 3:20-21, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” We rejoice in knowing that his absence from us means he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The family would like to thank Christina Domingue and all of the support staff with Heart of Hospice for their tremendous care in his final days. Visitation will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Moss Bluff Monday January 15, 2018 from 4-8pm and will resume Tuesday at 9am until the time of service with a rosary Monday at 6:30pm. Funeral services will be held at 11am at St. Theodores Catholic Church with burial to follow at Alston Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Rosary Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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February 7, 2018

My condolences to the family at this difficult time; may you all seek God for comfort, peace, support, and guidance (2 Cor 1:3).

teresa sterling bertrand

January 19, 2018

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Kenneth Lee

January 17, 2018

The memories we shared my dear friend. The saw dust pile, horse races and trying to ride that stubborn mule you had. They flood my mind in this hour of grief. Rest in peace Howard, you have earned this rest with The Lord. See you later.

Danielle Cherry

January 17, 2018

May our Lord bless and comfort everyone during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolence. Danielle Cherry

Judy Cruikshank Vernon

January 16, 2018

Joyce, though many years and miles separate us, the wonderful memories of the times spent with you and Howard remain dear to my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Sean Corbello

January 15, 2018

So sorry to hear of Uncle Howard's passing. May he rest in peace.

Jennifer Smith

January 15, 2018

We are so very sorry to learn of the loss of Howard. He was a kind, dear man. We send our condolences and prayers to his beautiful family. May God comfort and keep you. May He shine His grace into every area of this homegoing. May the memories you hold dear and the love that Howard had for you all bring you joy even on the darkest days.
With all our love,
Jennifer an Keith Smith and Aunt Freda

Joey Davidson

January 15, 2018

My sincerest condolences to the family! Many great memories of Mr.Howard from my childhood days. May he Rest in Peace!
He will be missed by many!

January 15, 2018

Oland and I are so sorry for your loss of Howard. Please know that we will keep the family in prayer.