Sergeant Major Richard D. Johnston, USMC, Retired.
Born on February 16, 1950 in Manchester, England; passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Daphne, Alabama. He was previously a resident of Grand Bay, Alabama. Richard was a 1969 graduate of Davidson High School, where he was Captain of the football team and lead them to the first championship game. Known by his friends as “Sgt.Major”, he enlisted in the USMC in 1969, serving tours in Vietnam and later tours in Desert Shield/Desert Storm before retiring with over 20 years in the USMC, as Sergeant Major. He also was a longtime employee of Ingalls Shipbuilding, worked at The Strickland Youth Center where he was the Assistant Drill Instructor to the Juvenile Delinquent Boot Camp. He entered the Mobile Police Academy in 1995 in Class #20 and was chosen to be the Team Leader, after 20 years of dedicated service to the Mobile Police Department, he retired in 2015 as a K-9 Officer.
He is survived by his children, Buffy M. Johnston, Richard Adam Johnston; granddaughter, Camryn Thomaston; siblings, Jamie (Maria) Johnston, Johnny (Laurie) Johnston, David James (Linda) Johnston, Freddie (Joanne) Johnston; girlfriend, Becky Montgomery; special cousin, Mickey (Helen) Smith; mother of his children, Phyllis Ducote (Lou) Dixon, brothers-sister in laws; Cynthia (Ernie) Imsand, Brian (Twylia) Ducote, Mark (Vickee) Ducote; his USMC Brothers and his City of Mobile Police Department Brothers in Blue.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Thursday 12 – 2pm. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Buffy, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. We are praying for you and your family. Love, Randy an Jan Brunn
Randy and Jan BrunnMobile, AL
May peace be with you and your family.
Pat BurnsSpanish Fort, AL
Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you and your families during this difficult time.
Catherine BradleyJackson, AL
Buffy, my heart reaches out to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers with you.
Guy DaltonApopka, HI
Buffy, it is with a sad heart that I read about the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family. Love, Corinn
Corinn RussoHOUSTON, TN
Buffy, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
Diane UnruhDeer Park, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this hurtful time.
Allen KoppBaton Rouge, LA
Buffy, All the love and prayers for you and your family through this hard time.
Cory DescantMansura, LA
Your presence is already being missed! Not only were you one of my favorite customers you were truly my friend. Someone who we could always count on to be there... I’m so glad that we had the chance to know one another. I’m also happy that after every visit we hugged and said I love you. Peace be with you my friend. Prayers to family and friends💙💙💙
Bridgette JerkinsMobile, AL
Sending my love to my dear sweet friend, Richard, and also to his family. I'm grateful to have known your father .
Brandi Leigh JonesDaphne, AL
I'm so sorry to hear this news my hearts is breaking just thinking about it!!! Just know I love you, will miss you but now I have another Angel looking over me! ;
Karen Batsondenham springs, LA
Many prayers to the family during this time. I will truly miss my good friend and co- worker. His laughter, joy and conversation is what made our friendship so special. He has earned his wings and now he will soar to new heights. RIH my friend until we meet again.
Monika SingletonMobile, AL
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. You will be truly missed by the City of Mobile Probation Department.
Cynthia CurryMobile, AL
Buffy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Chip ReedGulf Breeze, FL
so sorry to hear about Richard,you are all in my prayers
Susan WilliamsMobile, AL
Buffy and family, so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
Joe TewMeridian, MS
Many thoughts and prayers to Richard's family and friends! R.I.P. Richard! Thank you for always being so kind to me!
Cindy MorrisMobile, AL