Funeral announced for former Louisiana Rep. Johnny McFerren

Funeral announced for former Louisiana Rep. Johnny McFerren

(KSLA) - Services are set for a former Northwest Louisiana lawmaker, educator and businessman.

Former state Rep. "Johnny" C. McFerren, of Stonewall, died Wednesday at the age of 84.

His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Brookwood Baptist, the church at 9014 Brookwood Church Way in Shreveport where he was a founding member and deacon for more than 50 years.

The service will be preceded by visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home chapel at 2500 Southside Drive in Shreveport

He will be interred at Forest Park West Cemetery, 2500 Southside Drive.

McFerren, a Marthaville native, was a classroom teacher who later served a dozen years as a Caddo School Board member and part of that time as the panel's president.

He went on to represent parts of Caddo and DeSoto parishes as the District 7 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1980-96.

As part of those four terms in office, McFerren chaired the House Education Committee from 1992-96.

He continued his role as a public official and educator after Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed him early last year to represent the 4th Congressional District on the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

As a member of the Shreveport business community, McFerren owned McFerren Real Estate for 60 years and was the founder and owner of the Johnny's Catfish and Seafood restaurant in the 5100 block of West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport.

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