George Taylor ­Richardson Jr.

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George Taylor ­Richardson Jr. LUBBOCK - George Taylor Richardson Jr., 62, of Lubbock passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Lubbock. Funeral services celebrating his life were held at 4 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Green Lawn Church of Christ. George Taylor Richardson Jr. was born on Feb. 15, 1952, in Colorado City, Texas, to George Taylor Richardson Sr. and Eddie Jo Jacoby Richardson. He attended school in Snyder, Texas, and was actively involved in FFA, showing lambs and participating in grass and meat-judging events, which won multiple awards. He graduated from Snyder High School in 1970, continued his education at Texas A&M University, and received a Bachelor of Animal Sciences Degree in 1974. He entered graduate school at Texas Tech University, taught labs there, and graduated with a Master's of Agricultural Economics Degree in 1976. He was offered positions in Walla Walla, Wash., and in Olton and accepted a job in the Olton State Bank Trust Department. While in Olton, he advanced his career and was soon promoted to a loan officer. More important than this promotion was a congratulatory card that he received from a young school teacher, Dona Davis. They were married on Aug. 8, 1981. In 1983, he was promoted to president of Olton State Bank, making him one of the youngest presidents in Texas banks at that time. A son, Taylor, joined their family in 1985, followed by another son, Luke, in 1989. While in Olton, he was an active member of Main St. Church of Christ, a member and president of both the Olton Chamber of Commerce and Olton Lions Club, and a director on the Olton Stockshow Board. He played a vital role in the building of the Olton Stockshow Pavilion and the Runningwater Draw Care Center. In 1987, he began his position as president of Security State Bank in Littlefield, Texas, and later established branches in Olton and in Lubbock. Others were aware of his strong leadership and community service, and in 1998, Gov. George W. Bush appointed him to the Texas Economic Development Board. His service also included Littlefield Independent School District trustee, Littlefield Main St. Board, Littlefield Economic Board, Littlefield Stock Show director, Littlefield Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, Muleshoe State Bank Board, West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization, Texas Rural Development Council, High Ground Texas Economic Development Coalition, and McCoy Myers Board of Directors, and Crescent Park Church of Christ member. In 2000, he and Dona placed membership at the Green Lawn Church of Christ. He was a faithful servant there and was known affectionately as George to the 29 first-graders that he and Dona taught on Sunday mornings. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dona; his sons, Taylor and Luke, all of Lubbock; his mother, Eddie Jo Richardson of Snyder; his brothers, John and Don Richardson of Lubbock; his mother-in-law, Jody Davis of Littlefield; his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Sandra Davis of Littlefield; his nieces, Whitney Davis of Plainview, and Hillary Davis of Wichita Falls; his bank family; and a host of other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Richardson, Sr.; and by his father-in-law, Leroy Davis. Memorials can be made to the Amos Missionary Fund or to the CASA Fund c/o Green Lawn Church of Christ, 5701 19th St., Lubbock, TX 79407. Condolences and online guestbook can be found at www.resthaven funeralhome.com.

Published in Plainview Daily Herald from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014
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