Oscar Johnson Sr.
CROWLEY - Visitation for Oscar Ray Johnson, Sr., will be observed at the First United Methodist Church, 321 East Third Street, Crowley, Louisiana on Saturday, November 5 2011 from 2:00 p.m. until time of service at 3:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Jim Zaunbrecher, Leonard Habetz, Jimmy Meche, Lawrence Hensgens, Barney Paul Johnson, and Jay Johnson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Murry Morgan, E.P. Shreve, Colton Johnson, and Stephen Johnson.
Oscar Ray Johnson, Sr., 86, was born January 27, 1925 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas and died on November 1, 2011 in Crowley, Louisiana. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Frankie Moore Johnson, two sons Ray Johnson of Lake Charles, and Paul Johnson of Baton Rouge and his wife Missy of Baton Rouge, two daughters Diane Ourso and her husband Milton of Baton Rouge, and Gail Johnson and her husband Mike Simar of Jennings, La.; four grandsons Barney Paul Johnson and wife Lana of Walker, Stephen Johnson of Lake Charles, Jay D. Johnson of Walker, Brandon Johnson, Baton Rouge; One granddaughter Kristi Johnson, Baton Rouge, and one great grandson Colton Johnson, Walker.
Oscar and his family moved to Crowley in 1950 to play Professional Baseball with the Crowley Millers. After his baseball career he made his home in Crowley serving first as a volunteer starting up the youth program and was then was hired as the first Recreation Director. He built up the facility with volunteers and grants into one of the best programs in the area adding the Rice Festival Building, the swimming pool, baseball fields and tennis courts. After hurricane Audrey destroyed Miller Stadium it was renovated to include a football field for the Pee Wee football program.
Oscar was a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association, the State Recreation and Parks Association, and the Kiwanis Club of Crowley to name just a few.
He received numerous awards for his community leadership and dedication serving as Grand Marshal of the Children's Parade of the International Rice Festival in 1988; Mayor's Award for Outstanding Citizenship; Knights of Columbus Banquet Honoree; Oscar Johnson Baseball Day; Crowley Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen; Rice City Senior Citizen Award; Certificate of Appreciation Crowley Police Department; Joe E. Brown Fellowship Award and Kiwanian of the Year.
In 2001 Oscar Johnson Drive was dedicated by the City of Crowley. The Mayor's dedication reads as follows, "It is fitting and proper that the street that runs through our recreation facility should bear the name of the MAN who dedicated so much to our program." Much of Oscar's life was dedicated to making good citizens out of our youth.
Oscar Johnson was dearly loved and will be forever missed.
Special thanks to Dr. Satinder Saini.
Condolences may be sent to the family by www.geesey-ferguson.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.