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RICHARDSON, JR., Mark S. Age 90 of Nashville. May 20, 2013. Born February 26, 1923 in Mt. Pleasant, TN, he was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Mark Schultz (Top) Richardson, Sr., DDS, and Lillian Brown Richardson, formerly of Columbia, TN; and by his brother, Joseph T. Richardson, DDS of San Antonio, TX. Mark is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Robbie (Erma Dell Robertson); two children, Terry Brown Richardson (Teresa Kelly) of Memphis, TN and Elizabeth Ann Trescott (Jerry) of Nashville, TN; two grandchildren, Mark Albert Cunningham (Sara Beth) of Knoxville, TN and Rachel Elizabeth Cunningham of Sykesville, MD; a sister, Lillian Sue (John G.) Bass of Murfreesboro, TN; and two nieces and four nephews. After attending Columbia Central High School, he graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1941, and attended Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Mr. Richardson answered the call to service in 1943, when he joined the US Naval Air Corps during WWII. He was deployed from Norfolk, VA and served as an Ensign with the Sixth Naval District in the Mediterranean. He proudly recalled his time in service piloting Hellcat and Bearcat aircraft from the naval air carrier, the USS Leyte through 1947. Mark and Robbie were married in November of that year. He graduated from Bowling Green College through the G.I. Bill with a degree in Accounting, and worked for the Ernst and Ernst accounting firm for seven years. He stayed on active status as a Naval Reserve officer and was honorably discharged in 1956. Mr. Richardson served as President of Martha White Foods, Inc., one of the South's largest producers-distributors of flour, corn meal and other food products from 1979-1986. He joined the company as secretary-treasurer in 1959. He was named executive vice-president in 1972, and elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors in 1973, and Chief Operating Officer in 1978. He was heavily involved in one of the company's strongest growth periods. He also served as an active Board Member for Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation, in Chester Illinois for over twenty years. He served his community through the Elks and Rotary Clubs; as a supporter of Big Brothers; and a Commissioner for the City of Forest Hills. Mr. Richardson was active as an early board member of the Hillwood Country Club; and a member of Belle Meade Country Club, where he was the "Gin Rummy Champ" for many years. He loved to play golf, and spoiled his grandchildren. After retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife Robbie and their friends. He was a member of Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville. Memorials may be made to Woodmont Christian Church or the
. Visitation will be Thursday, May 23rd from 12-1:30 p.m., at Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home, 320 West 7th St., Columbia, TN 38401. A private graveside service will follow in Lynnwood Cemetery in Lynnville, TN. OAKES & NICHOLS, (931) 388-4711.
Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors
320 West 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
Published in The Tennessean on May 22, 2013