Born 10-12-1916 -- Died 9-29-2004
Lt. Colonel Willard Donald Richardson, U.S. Army retired, died Sept. 29, 2004, at his residence in Thayer, Mo. He was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Haydenburg, Tenn., to Grandberry and Bertha Richardson, who preceded him in death. He was buried with military honors.
An alumnus of the University of Tennessee, he entered the U.S. Army in 1941. He served valiantly in World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring from the military in 1963. During his military career, he was instrumental in the establishment of seven Churches of Christ in Europe, Asia and the United States, as well as, an orphanage and college in South Korea. After retiring from the military, he went to work for Holiday Inn Corporate offices in Memphis, Tenn. He retired from Holiday Inn as the assistant vice president.
During the mid 1980s he was active as president in the Full Gospel Business Men's Asso-ciation, Thayer/Mammoth Spring, Arkansas Chapter, later becoming an international director. He was a member of New Life Church in Thayer.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia E. Richardson of the home in Thayer; a daughter, Charlotte Eldest Colvin of Memphis; Four stepchildren -- Tammy E. McPherson of Truman, Ark., Teresa L. James of Ravenden Springs, Ark., Kenneth D. Eldred Jr. of Columbia, City, Ind., and Trudy C. Eldred of Thayer; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Imogene Butler Richardson; two sons -- Willard D. Richardson Jr. and Kenneth W. Richardson; one brother, Windol R. Richardson; and one grandson, Jesse C. McCradic.
Funeral services were Oct. 2 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. Burial was in Thayer Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. He received full military rites at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital in Memphis and left at the funeral home.