He was a longtime member and chairman of the deacons for many years of Mt. Joy Baptist Church in Curry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Metro Richards and Ophelia Hannah Richards; and brothers James Chandler Richards and Neal Douglas Richards.
He is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Mildred Williamson Richards; sister, Zelona Materna of Edinburg, Va.; five daughters, Gwen (Donald) Rice of Sumiton, Janice (Larry) Moore of Berry, Kathy Harbin of Curry, Freda (Dennis) Ivey of Jasper and Fawn (Carlton) Allred of Terrell, N.C.; one son, Alfred (Julie) Richards of Curry. 14 grandchildren, Audrea (Tracy) Robbins, Andy (Lacy) Rice, Aonya (Rob) Gray, Chrisynda (Sam) Price, Sandahlyn (Alan) Wiggins, Amy (Pat) Prestridge, Brad (Keri) Harbin, Nancy (Chris) Megginson, Nathan Ivey, Josh (Laurie) Allred, Jesse (Brittany) Allred, Heather (Casey) Woods, Adrianne Richards, and Heath Richards; 20 great-grandchildren; one, nephew; and seven nieces.
Richards, with his wife and family, owned and operated Richards’ Clearwater Marina on Smith Lake for 44 years. He battled Alzheimer’s for almost eight years.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons-in-law.
Visitation will be held at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home today, Dec. 6, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m.
Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Mt. Joy Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Richards will lie in repose at the church from 2 until 3 p.m. The Rev. Lendsie Odom and the Rev. Robert Sparkman will officiate.
Donations may be made to Mt. Joy Baptist Church Family Life Center.
You may sign an online register and express private condolences to the family at www.kilgoregreenfuneralhome.com.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503