May 2, 2014
Date of Service: May 5, 2014
Interment Location: Christus Garden
Charles I. Richardson, of Elizabethton, TN, passed quietly at home on the 2nd of May, 2014.
He was born in the Stoney Creek area of Carter County, TN, on the 21st of May 1916 to Rev. James A. Richardson and Melvinia Osborne Richardson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers: Opal, Wayne, Argil and James Ivan.
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He underwent basic training in San Diego and served in the greatest Navy in the world.
After the war, he returned to Carter County where he worked for North American Rayon Corporation in the Sheet Metal Department for over 30 years. He left in 1968 to become an instructor at the Herman Robinson Vocational Technical School, where he taught drafting and sheet metal work until he retired in 1981.
Charles and Mabel Myers were married on the 10th of February 1951. They had one son, Larry.
Charles was witty, intelligent, generous, kind and loving. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Elizabethton. He enjoyed beauty and nature and often went for drives in the mountains on Sunday afternoon. He enjoyed taking Boy Scouts on hikes and camping trips. He was a member of the Unaka Rock and Mineral Club and the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM. Above all he treasured his family. His life was a demonstration of citizenship, friendship and fatherhood.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mabel, of 63 years; his son, Larry and his wife, Diane; and one grandson, Chris and his wife, Christina.
He will rest at Happy Valley Memorial Park.
A service to celebrate the life of Charles I. Richardson will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Monday, May 5, 2014, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Todd Hallman officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00-3:00 P.M. on Monday prior to the funeral service or at the residence at other times.
Interment will follow the funeral service in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Richardson family. Office: (423) 543-5544