Robert Price Richardson, Jr.
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Born October 8, 1926 in Taizou, China; died December 29, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Robert (Bob) was a loving husband and father who was predeceased by his parents, Robert Price Richardson and Agnes Rowland Richardson, and brother, Edgar M. Richardson (Kathy).
His survivors include his wife, Patricia Cooper Richardson; daughters, Anne C. Richardson (John Kinzey) and Sydney R. DeWitt (Ward III), all of Nashville; daughter, Susan A. Richardson of Atlanta, GA; sister, Susan M. Richardson of Nashville, TN; brother, William R. Richardson (Mary) of McLean, VA; grandchildren, Eric R. Womack (Rebecca Burton) of Takoma Park, MD, Robert E. Womack (Meghan) of Nashville, TN, Anna A. Rogers and John S.C. Rogers of Atlanta, GA, Nathan P. DeWitt and Ellen C. DeWitt of Nashville, TN; great-grandchildren, Thea H. Womack and Alden T. Womack of Takoma Park, MD.
Bob was born of Presbyterian missionary parents in Taizou, Kiangsu, China, where he grew up alongside his siblings through age 14, when his family returned to the U.S. to live in Augusta, GA. He attended the Darlington School for Boys and enlisted in the Army at age 18, receiving training first at North Georgia College and then at the University of Michigan where he learned the Japanese language. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea as a military intelligence officer until 1948. He graduated from Southwestern College in Memphis, TN and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. He was called to a life of ministry in the Presbyterian Church and after ordination in 1954, served churches in Hazlehurst, MS, Memphis, TN, Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC and retired from his last position as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Between his pastorates, Bob also served for twelve years on the administrative board of the Southern Presbyterian Church, first as a director of youth ministries and later as director of church stewardship.
After his retirement in Nashville, Bob published his autobiography Wrapped in Love: A Lifelong Journey. He and his wife Pat became avid travelers and visited locations around the globe: Egypt, Russia, Turkey, Scandinavia, Western Europe, and a return trip to his birthplace in China in 1985. He remained active in church and community life, volunteering at the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and the Nashville public library where he joined a small group of men to initiate the Veterans History Project. Bob's skills and love of playing tennis continued throughout his life and he always welcomed a challenging match.
Bob demonstrated his love for and devotion to his ministry, his family, and his community throughout his life; he will be greatly missed.
A Memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 2nd. The family will receive visitors prior to the service at 10 a.m., at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205.
Guestbook www.crawfordservices.com. Crawford Mortuary & Crematory, (615) 254-8200.
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Published in The Tennessean on Dec. 31, 2013