Service for Bobby James Richardson of Marlin will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Marlin Missionary Baptist Church due to weather in Marlin. Visitation will be on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at funeral home. Masks are required.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” ~ 2 Timothy 4:7-8
On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, Bobby James Richardson peacefully crossed over from this world to a place of eternal living. Bobby Richardson was born June 3, 1950 to the parentage of the late Albert James and Bobbie Ruth Dove Richardson in Marlin, Falls County, Texas. Bobby confessed his faith in the Lord at an early age uniting with the Marlin Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Eric Hooker. Later in life, he moved to Port Arthur, Texas where he united as well as was ordained as a Deacon at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Randy Vaugh.
Bobby attended Booker T. Washington Schools and graduated in 1968. Immediately he enlisted and served four years in the Air Force. Following his greatest passion, Bobby graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with an Associate in Applied Science Degree as a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. He completed his apprenticeship at Robertson Funeral Home. Later, he became an entrepreneur operator of Richardson Funeral Home in Port Arthur. Locally, Bobby worked at Paul Funeral Home.
Bobby’s employment also included working as a Certified Journeyman at the Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Morning News, Houston Post and Waco Tribune-Herald. He also worked with Union Pacific for numerous years until injured.
Bobby’s Heavenly voice has been silenced. Without hesitation, he enjoyed singing for church and funeral occasions. As a disabled veteran, Bobby was a mentor to some local Veterans assisting them in obtaining well-deserved VA benefits. Bobby was a member of the BTW Alumni & Ex-Students Association and National Morticians Fraternity. Bobby was a Master Mason and served as Excellent High Priest of Chapter #183. “Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak.” Bobby loved to dress with a passion for shoes. He was known for being late because “He had to polish his shoes”.
Bobby was married to the late Shirley A. Payne. To this union, they were blessed with two girls. He later married Elizabeth Richardson adding the blessings of a son and daughter. Bobby also shared his loved married to Kim Phelps and Vickie Simpson. At the time of his demise, he was not married. He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal grandparents, Thomas and Carrie Richardson and maternal grandparents, Square and Sally Dove, two sisters, Cheryl, Pamela and fond nephew Anthony Butler.
Bobby leaves to cherish his memories: Son, Brandon Richardson (LaTasha) of Franklin, TX, Daughters: Elizabeth Hicks (Lawrence) of Conway, Ark, Pamela Brown (Derek) of Wichita Falls, Audi Richardson of Marlin; Grandchildren: MarQuina Gillum, Bryce Hicks, Lexie Brown, Courtney Brown, Brandon Brown, Jacorien Richardson, Brendan Hicks, Briaria Richardson and Kason Grant; three great-grand kids: Aubree, Ryan, Cameron; Siblings: Gwendolyn Butler, Ronny Richardson (Pam), Eartha Richardson of Marlin and Alfred Richardson (Marla) of Bryan; Special niece & family: Charlette Butler, Keaton, Sir Charleston, Embrie; Lesia Butler, and a host of extended family and dear friends.
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