On Monday, June 29, 2020 at Ouachita Medical Center in Camden, Arkansas, our Lord and
Saviour came swiftly and quickly claimed one of His faithful servants, Brother Leon Richard,
Jr. To God be the Glory—he is now free from his pain and suffering.
Leon Richard, Jr. was born on March 23, 1941 in Arcadia, Louisiana to dedicated Christian parents, Leon Sr. and Katie Patton Richard. He was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Arcadia. In 1959, Leon graduated from Crawford High School in Arcadia and later received a B.S. from Grambling College (later known as Grambling State University) in Grambling, LA. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. His teaching and coaching career began at Bradley High School in Bradley, AR where he met Odie Carter who became his bride on August 24, 1968. After two years at Bradley, he accepted a teaching/coaching position at Stamps High School in Stamps, AR for two years as well. His
relocation to Stephens, Arkansas in 1971 proved to be one of the most fruitful and grandiose decisions of his life—he repositioned his wife to her hometown, became a member of the St. Stephens Baptist Church family, and accepted employment in the Stephens School District as teacher and Coach of the Stephens Roadrunners for many years. One of his greatest accomplishments as Coach was the 1976-1977 Class A State Championship at Stephens. After retirement, Leon returned to Stephens High School as Dean of Students. After two years as Dean, he once again retired to enjoy his hobbies of fishing and gardening, as well as other tasks as required.
Coach Richard was a Christian man—full of the Holy Spirit—and was an asset to any community. He was a Servant Leader, and the fruit of his labor was certainly evident and impactful in the Stephens Community. At St. Stephens, he served as an avid Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, Janitor, Usher, Campus maintenance, Sunday School Superintendent, and Male Chorus. His love for Sunday School demanded that he “studied to show himself
approved” rightly dividing the Word of God to those he taught. He also served at our
neighboring church, St. James A.M.E.,