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Saturday, September 9, 2023
9:00 - 11:00am (Central time)
Saturday, September 9, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (Central time)
Richie Bullock is at rest with the Father. He was the son of Richie Q. Bullock, Sr. and Euna Crawford Bullock. He was born in Tylertown, MS and died in Florida after having lived in Baker, LA for 57 years. He was married to Sandra Wilkins Bullock for 65 years and father to two daughters: Sheree Clement (Eddie) and Lisa Drew (Billy). He leaves four grandchildren to honor his memory: Whitney Clement Duke (Jonathan), Denon Drew Stacy (Dallas), Dane Drew (Kendyl), and Caitlin Clement Reese (John). He leaves six great-grandchildren: Jonathan "Hoss" Duke, Camden Drew, Etta Anne Reese, Dakota Stacy, Joshua Duke, and Denver Stacy. He is survived by his sister, Bonnie Ellzey and sister-in-law, Sue Wilkins (Jim). He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Jimmy Ellzey, Cindy Little (Don), Dirk Wilkins (Ginger), Scott Wilkins, Todd Bullock (Kim), and Kim Cutrera (Bobby). His parents and brother, Jerry, are holding a place for him in heaven.
Richie entered Progress High School in MS at the age of 13 and graduated in 1952 as the Most Intellectual Boy. He lettered in football for 4 years as a center/guard. He received a football scholarship to Southwest Mississippi Junior College, lettered both years, and was a PE major. He also went to Louisiana College on a football scholarship as a guard/linebacker, lettered both years, and was co-captain his senior year. He graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree (PE major/Biology minor). He later went to Northwestern Louisiana State and earned his Master of Education (Administration Education major/Biology minor) in 1962. He added his 30+ certification in Biology from LSU and Northwestern in 1968.
He became a science teacher/coach at Leesville High School. He stayed for 3 years, went to Bolton High School in Alexandria for one year and returned to Leesville in 1961. He served as acting Principal in 1961 and as an assistant football and head track coach. The track team was district champs in 1965 & 66, 4th in the state in 1966, and district runner-up in 1964. He was also a science teacher for those years.
He came to Baker High School in 1966 and retired in 1987. He was a Biology teacher until 1970, became the Assistant Principal of Instruction in the Spring and Assistant Principal of Administration in the Fall. He also served as the Athletic Trainer 1968-69. The Jaycees named him Outstanding Young Educator in 1969. Upon retirement from Baker High School, he served as interim Principal of both Northeast High School and Woodlawn High School.
Richie was a Bible Study leader at both Leesville First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Baker. He served in many capacities at FBC Baker including deacon and pulpit committee.
He was also a past president of Baker Lions Club.
Richie Bullock was a gritty, hard-working, and practical man who was not at ease with ease. His days started at 5 am, at BHS by 6 am, patrolling those halls all day, a quick break after school to tend his garden, back to BHS for whatever event, and home around 9 pm. His weekends were often spent in his beloved Mississippi working on his land and tending his cows. Upon retirement, he often hunted twice a day in season and was known to spend his mornings at the pawn shop with his buddies. He was the neighborhood/church guy who shared from his plentiful garden and helped out with other people's yards/roofs/repairs. He stayed active well into his 80's.
His family will never know how many students he helped through the years to get a job or scholarship by a well-placed word or a recommendation. He valued his opportunity at BHS to help students get on the right track. "Uncle Richie" knew about powerful motivation. He was still hearing from students from LHS and BHS even into his last years. He also valued those "young men" in his Bible Study class at FBC Baker. You guys kept him going. He aimed to be a leader of men from the time he started coaching.
Our profound thanks go to Dr. Michael Castine and the wonderful healthcare providers at the Hematology Oncology Clinic in Zachary. The Butterfly Wing Hospice in Baton Rouge was an answer to prayer in Dad's final care. Also, many thanks to James Kelly and Albert Carson in helping maintain Dad's property when he no longer could.
Honorary pallbearers are Baker Boyd, Jack Bryan, Goose Carroll, Albert Dake, Jimmy Germany, John Germany, Henry Green, Tim Matt, Rev. B.K. Miller, Warren Pratt, Mike Shields, Ronnie Stevens, and John Williams.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Gideons International.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at First Baptist Church of Baker, 3213 Groom Rd., Baker, on Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until 11 a.m. with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Jay Avance will be the officiant.