CARL EDWARD RICHARD, went to sleep in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, the 8th of September 2013, and joined his beloved sweetheart, Helen LaVerne Smith Richard and son Carlton Smith Richard in Heaven. Carl was 90 years old and had lived his life as a testimony to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. |
He is survived by two daughters, Gingerlyn Carlene and Cherylyn Joy, both of Houston; granddaughters Stefanie Lynn Richard Wendling and her husband Lance, of Garland, Texas, Elizabeth Marie Richard of Austin, Texas; and Madeline Richard of Amelia Island, Florida. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Mae Richard Lind; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Carl was born on the 7th of July 1923, in Pawne, Texas, just outside of Kenedy. His family moved to Austin when he was about four years old and graduated from Austin High School in 1940. His college education at the University of Texas in Austin was interrupted by World War II. He joined the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the newly formed Army Air Corps as a pilot. He flew troop transport planes, primarily the C-47. He and his crew were preparing to go overseas when his orders were changed and he became a flight instructor at Sedalia (now Whitman) AFB in Missouri.
Carl married his high school sweetheart, Helen Laverne, on the 14th of February 1945. After discharge from the Army Air Corps, they returned to Austin where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Carl passed his CPA exam and accepted a job with Humble Oil & Refining Co. in Houston in 1952. He held various positions at Humble and its successor Exxon Company U.S.A while completing the Columbia University Program of Executive Management. He retired as Corporate Accounting Coordinator after 30 years with the company.
Carl was very active in his church, both locally and nationally. He was a member of the Home Missions Board of the Evangelical Free Church of America and was on the Board of Directors for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was also instrumental in locating hill country property for Camp Peniel, a faith-based camp.
Carl and Helen's home reflected their love for Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior. Their lives exemplified the gifts of service and hospitality. Their home was always open to visiting family, friends, ministers and missionaries. As was the Swedish custom, there was "always plenty of coffee in the pot". These gifts are some of Carl's legacies to his family and friends.
In 1980, Carl and Helen donated a Cassavant Frere organ for the chapel at Trinity Evangelical School. After Helen's death in 2006, Carl, Ginger and Chery began endowment of a music fund at Trinity International University for an annual organ recital in memory of Helen.
Carl loved his family very much and was a true gentleman. He enjoyed funny stories and always had a good one to share. He will leave an empty place in the hearts of a lot of people, but has been reunited in Heaven with many loved ones. Daddy and Papa, you were greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 20th of September, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 21st of September, in the Jasek Chapel also at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.
The family will gather for a private entombment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.
Arrangements for a memorial service in Austin, Texas, are to be announced.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family welcomes you to make donations to Camp Peniel at 6716 E FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX, 78654, 1-800-848-1731 or to the Helen Laverne Smith Richard Organ fund at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2065 Half Day Rd., Deerfield Il, 60015, 1-847-945-8800.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18, 2013