Richard Lanier Webster
Richard Lanier Webster
  • October 3, 1963 - November 12, 2017
  • Flora, Mississippi

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Richard L. Webster IV age 54 passed away November 12, 2017 at his home in Flora, MS.

He had a long career in the electronics technology industry. After graduating from school he joined the US Navy and spent 10 years as an Electronics Technician with The Whiter House Administration Communications Agency. He traveled the world providing communications capability for President Ronald Reagan and V. P. George H. W. Bush and later President George H. W. Bush and V. P. Dan Quayle. He left the service in 1993 and returned home to Birmingham, AL to help take care of his ailing father.

He then moved to Texas and began working in the telecommunications field. He worked for several pager companies. Nextel purchased the one he was with and he worked for Nextel as a Cellular Technician. Nextel branched off and formed Nextel Partners to open a new market in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. He moved to Mississippi in 2000 and continued his work with Nextel Partners. Later Sprint purchased the company and he stayed on through the transition and was laid off at that time. He continued to work in the cellular field as an independent contractor.

He loved his family very much, the outdoors and his cats. When he was traveling he brought cats home from Atlanta and Oklahoma that he found at desolate cell sites in remote areas where no one appeared to live near.

He is survived by his wife Trudy “Deni” Allen Webster, Stepson James “Tony” Byrd, Stepdaughter Meghan Byrd, 5 grandchildren, Zoey Byrd, James Byrd, Jessie Byrd, Jade Newell and Gwen Byrd. His mother Wanda Schoel Webster, his brother Joseph Webster and nephews Mako Webster and Joseph Webster.

The memorial service will be held November 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Parkway Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Pky., Ridgeland, MS. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in his name to a “no kill” animal shelter in your area or any monetary amount to the family at 250 Purvis Rd. Flora, MS 39071. Richard had been out of work since 12/2016.