Retired cattleman of Bentonia, Mississippi, Richard L. ”Roy” Lancaster has gone on to enjoy greener pastures.
Born on Friday, September, 29 1950, Roy passed away at the age of 70 on Friday, May 21, 2021 surrounded by family at Baptist Hospital in Jackson. His tenacity and grit—while seen by others throughout his life—was in vivid color this past year, as his passing comes after an intense and courageous battle with kidney, heart, and lung failure.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Deborah “Diane” Lancaster, two children, daughter, Jada Johnson and her husband, Bill, and son, Justin Lancaster and his wife, Kelsey, three grandchildren, Shaw Lancaster, Camden Johnson, and Raina Johnson, and three siblings, Bubba Lancaster, Myra Faye Lancaster, and Charlie Lancaster. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Charlene Lancaster.
As a precocious and adventurous boy, the confines of elementary and high school were terribly limiting—that is until he realized he could attend college to pursue a profession testing for diseases in large animals. Not long after graduating from Hinds Community College, he secured a position with the government as a Veterinary Technician. He would continue in his “dream job” for over 25 years. Contracting a disease from the very animals he tested—brucellosis—he concluded his service under the status: Disability Retired from the federal government.
Another monumental achievement of Roy’s was his marriage to Diane. Last November they celebrated 50 years of marriage. He was always deliberate to ensure Diane had the very best of everything and would often be seen stashing cow or oil money away for something special just for her. But, quite possibly, his greatest role came later in his life. As good of a “Papa” as he was to Jada and Justin, it paled in comparison to who he was to Shaw, Camden, and Raina. He was their fishing buddy, storyteller, shooting partner, listening ear, encourager….He was and will always be their “Pappy”.
Of his own death, he might have reflected: isn’t that a “helluva” note! Of his life, his family and friends are reflecting: wasn’t he one “helluva” man. He loved his people—and his dogs—fiercely. He had an incessant work ethic and was incredibly reliable. If he said he would do it, consider it done. And now that his life on this earth is done, he has gone on to heaven’s greener pastures to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and, perhaps, some cows, too.
He will be memorialized through a graveside only service under the direction of Stricklin King Funeral Home at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Highway on Highway 433 West in Yazoo County Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Brandon Roney.
Pallbearers are his nephews. Honorary Pallbearers are Bill Burrell, Micky Chisolm, Kenny Cope, Bill Harris, Mike Harris, Bill Harris, Kevin Henderson, Barry Herrod, Curtis Noland, and Willie Earl Stuckey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Olivet Methodist Church or Bentonia Methodist Church to go towards church refurbishments.