It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Deacon Bobby Lee Richardson. He left us on May 14, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, strength, and cherished memories. As we come to terms with his departure, we reflect on the beautiful life he led and the profound impact he had on all those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Deacon Richardson was born on July 13, 1949, in Iva, SC, to Rosa Mae Reed Richardson and the late James Allen Richardson Jr. From a young age, he exhibited boundless curiosity and an unwavering commitment to personal growth. Throughout his life, he continued to pursue knowledge and never ceased to inspire those around him with his insatiable thirst for learning.
Bobby graduated from New Deal High School in Iva, SC, in 1968. He was then drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the First Battalion, 44th Artillery. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home, where he started a career in textiles. He later worked at Southern Wesleyan College in campus security, where he retired.
As a devoted husband, Bobby shared an unbreakable bond with his beloved wife, Maria Ann Gray Richardson. Their love story was one of devotion, support, and unwavering loyalty for 46 years. Their relationship serves as a timeless example of true partnership and the power of love.
Bobby leaves behind an immeasurable void in our lives. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Maria Ann Gray Richardson, his children, Kezia (Derrick) Myers, Mansherees (Ronnie) Ward, Tiffany Richardson, Elder Shawn (Andrea) Mattress, and Casaundra Cruell, his 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye. Additionally, he leaves to mourn his mom, Rosa Mae Reed Richardson, sisters Sarah Ann Johnson, Roberta Richardson, and JoAnne (Jake) Anderson, and brothers Calvin (Julia) Richardson and William (Nicole) Richardson. He also leaves behind a cherished aunt, a network of cherished nieces, nephews, relatives, dear friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. He was preceded in death by his father, James Allen Richardson Jr. and brother, Wayne Richardson.
Bobby was a beacon of strength and guidance for his family. He selflessly dedicated himself to his family, ensuring that we always felt loved, supported, and nurtured. He instilled in us the values of compassion, resilience, and Christian values.
Deacon Bobby was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Anderson, SC. Before his health declined, he was a faithful member of the Shiloh Male Chorus, served as church treasurer, and supported the van ministry, brotherhood, and senior citizen society.
Deacon Bobby was a man of many passions and interests. He had an undeniable love for working on cars and yard work, which brought him immense joy. Additionally, he enjoyed watching western shows and wrestling. He was known for his infectious laughter and his gentle and humble spirit.
As we mourn the loss of our devoted husband, beloved father, son, brother, and friend, we find solace in the memories we shared and the love he bestowed upon us. May his spirit live on in our hearts and guide us through the challenges that lie ahead. Though he is no longer physically with us, his legacy will forever be etched in our minds, and his presence will be felt in the stories we tell and the lessons we pass on to future generations.
To our dearest husband and father, thank you for the love, guidance, and memories that will forever remain in our hearts. May you rest in eternal peace, knowing the profound impact you had on our lives. You will be loved and missed beyond measure.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at St. Paul First Baptist Church in Anderson. The interment will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023 at M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery. Public viewing will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family is at the home, 206 Jones Road, Anderson, SC 29624.
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