Funeral services for John Ray Crochet, age 81, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 25, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, with Mike Doyle officiating and burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Johnny was born September 20, 1932, in Pine Island, Louisiana, the son of Clenny and Isabell Soileau Crochet, and he passed away, Friday, November 22, 2013, in Nacogdoches. John grew up in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, graduated high school and barber college. He served his country in the U.S. Army and moved to the Nacogdoches area in 1970 and took ownership of Johnny's Barber and Styling Shop in 1973, located on North Street in Nacogdoches. He also enjoyed telling jokes to his customers. Music was the real passion in Johnny's life. He started out playing drums, then perfected his talent on the steel guitar. Johnny was actually inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He and eight other inductees were honored for years of service performing and promoting Cajun music. Johnny learned to play the fiddle from his father, Clenny and his uncle, Cleveland. He learned the rhythm guitar at an early age and was playing in a band with his father at the age of 14. He soon graduated to the drums and played in various Cajun bands throughout Southwest Louisiana. In the 1950s he began to pursue the steel guitar. Crochet has appeared at some of Louisiana's most noted Cajun dancehalls including the Moulin Rouge, Rainbow Club, Shamrock Club, Bo's Sparkle, Holly Beach Club, Club 90, Poochie Town, Mallet's Bar and Marcantel's Bar. He recorded two songs with Cleveland Crochet and the Hillbilly Ramblers and two with Sidney Brown. Both recording sessions were at Eddie Shuler's Studios. After moving to Nacogdoches, Crochet formed and played with Hard Country and Midnight Express, two country bands. He has continued to return to Lousiana and play Cajun music at reunions, festivals, and special events like DJ Day and Cajun Day in Kaplan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, time at the deer lease, hunting, playing the steel at the VFW
, dancing and attending Cajun Music Festivals. In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, Louella Crochet, Johnny is survived by daughters, Rene' White (Barry), Denise Crochet (Brian) and Susan Kenner (Keith); son-of-the heart grandson, Chad Crochet (Kelley); daughter-in-law, Danielle Crochet; grandchildren, Liz Perry (George), Missy Kniejski (Larry), Mindy Duhon (Matt), Katy White, Dayna Oswald (Tim), Amanda Batson, Jerry Green, Jr. (Lacy), Kirstie Kenner, Klinton Kenner and Nicholas Crochet (Malinda); great grandchildren, Lexie Perry, Jaxson Perry, Lane Kniejski, Addyson Duhon, Colt Garcia, Levi Snider, Amber Gandy, Kyle Keeton, Brandon Wilburn, Aaron Jones, Brice Batson, Hunter Green and Kaylee Green; great-great grandchildren, Mason Gandy, Carsyn Gandy, Kyndall Gandy, Abby Keeton, Kyleigh Keeton and Braxton Jones; sisters, Jean Constance (Norris) and Ella Crochet; brothers, San Crochet (Glenda) and Timmy Crochet (Wanda); as well as a host of other extended family and good friends. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Clenny and Isabell; son, Johnny Michael Crochet and his uncle, who helped raise him, Cleveland Crochet. Pallbearers will be Barry White, Jerry Green, Klint Kenner, Nick Crochet, Chad Crochet, Brian Ross, Tim Oswald, Brandon Wilburn, Matt Dunon, and Larry Kniejski. Visitation with Johnny's family will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Laird Funeral Home. The family deeply appreciates the care given to Johnny by Drs. Baker, Pokala, Young, Slout, Page, Walker, and Jones and the staff on 3rd floor at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Appreciation is also given for the services provided by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences online, please visit www.lairdfh.net.