VANCEBORO - Warren Harless Richardson, 80, transitioned to eternal life with His Lord on March 30, 2014, from Craven Regional Medical Center. He was born on October 3, 1933, to Hubert and Meddie Richardson and grew up with his sister, Peggie, in the Dover-Fort Barnwell community, graduating from Dover High School in 1952. He and his wife of 60 years, Iris Bland Richardson, resided in that community until 1995 when they moved to the Vanceboro area. Warren is survived by his wife, Iris Bland Richardson; daughter Allison Morris and her husband Terry; grandson, Justin Morris; and sister, Peggie Grady and her husband Ben; sisters-in-law, Myrtle Adams, Beatrice Bland, Evelyn Bland and Irene Brinkley; and many nieces and nephews. He was a member of Moseley's Creek Original Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and treasurer. After moving to Vanceboro, Warren and Iris joined the Vanceboro United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative council, the finance committee, and as an usher. He was a Master Mason of Ionic Lodge #583, Cove City, where he was a past master and past chaplain. He was also a member of the Sudan Shrine, participating in both the Pedal Pushers and the Mini-Cars and enjoyed being in parades. Since retiring from EI Dupont, he pursued his great passion for giving of himself in countless hours of community service. Previously, Warren was a member of both the Fort Barnwell Fire Department and Rescue Squad. More recently, he was a member of the Vanceboro Rescue Squad, serving as president until his passing; the Vanceboro Rural Volunteer Fire Department, serving as treasurer until the end of January of this year. He worked diligently on the building of the new Vanceboro fire and rescue facility. He considered the members of both organizations to be his extended family, and often could be found at the station spending time with them. He also served at the Vanceboro Precinct of the Craven County Board of Elections. Warren enjoyed woodworking and crafting over the years, and willingly shared his creations with others. Most recently, he spent many hours learning the craft of pen-making, mentored by a dear friend, Jimmie Hooten. The family would like to thank the many family members and friends who have lovingly ministered to them during this time, as well the staff at Carolina East Primary care, Southern Gastroenterology and Carolina East Medical Center for their compassionate care. A memorial service will be held at Vanceboro United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on April 1, 2014, officiated by the Rev. Adolph Smith, pastor, with receiving of friends immediately following in the church fellowship hall. Entombment with full Masonic Rites will be held at the Lake Side Chapel, Green Leaf Memorial, New Bern, the following day at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors at other times at the home of Terry and Allison Morris, 415 Streets Ferry Road, Vanceboro, NC. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Vanceboro United Methodist Church, c/o Lisa Gladson, 180 Wayne Road, Vanceboro, NC 28586. Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Vanceboro. Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Mar. 31 to Apr. 3, 2014