Jerry Fuquay Richmond, Sr., 72, of Raleigh, peacefully passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. He was born Oct. 12, 1940, in Leasburg to Spencer and Pearl Richmond.
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Jerry met the love of his life, Faye Campbell, after a blind date, and three years later they were married on July 22, 1960. He was attending DTI and graduated in 1961, and soon thereafter he began to work at the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In 1964 he and his family moved to Raleigh, and Jerry went to work for Corning Research Lab and later became Vice President of Exide. In June 1969, Jerry started his own business, Southeastern Machine & Tool and many other businesses including Eutectic Electronics, Sun Medical Systems, Sun Aviation, Carolina Coil Corp., Dispensing Systems, Atlantic Coil, Carolina Soy Products and Southeastern Screen Print were formed. He also held several patents from various industries.
Jerry was appointed to the Board of Directors of N.C. Community Colleges, where he served 14 years and was president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Jerry received The Order of Long Leaf Pine from Gov. James B. Hunt in 1994. He also served as the Vice-President of Leasburg Hunting Club for 15 years. Jerry was a true pioneer in fabrication and machining and was instrumental in starting the first apprenticeship program for metal fabrication in conjunction with Wake Tech.
More than anything, he was a family man who cherished his wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. Jerry was a hero, mentor and an inspiring man with the highest level of integrity and respect. Jerry enjoyed playing golf with the "morons" at North Ridge Country Club, flying airplanes, hunting and his cabin in Caswell County as well as motor coaching. He will be remembered as a wonderful and loving husband, father and "Ging-Ging" and will be missed dearly by everyone blessed to have known him.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Faye Richmond; son, Jerry Fuquay "Richie" Richmond Jr. and his wife Penny; daughters, Karen Titka and her husband Carl, and Sharon Miller and her husband Brent; brothers, Leon Richmond and his wife Mary Jane, and Paul Richmond and his wife Brenda; grandchildren, Mallory Collins and husband Ryan, Jordan Richmond, Courtney Richmond, Zachary Titka, Olivia Titka, Drake Curtis and Ashlyn Curtis; and great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Collins.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C. 27612.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Mitchell Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Union Methodist Church Cemetery in Leasburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
at www.cancer.org or Hospice of Wake County at www.hospiceofwake.org
Please visit www.mitchellatrmp.com to share your fond memories of Jerry with his loving family and to sign the online guestbook.
Arrangements by Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612,
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2012