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Howard Mitchell Richardson

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Howard Mitchell Richardson, 68, of Lexington, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at ECM Hospital after a sudden illness. He was a native of Lauderdale County, retired from Reynolds Metals, and a member of Lexington United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at Lexington United Methodist Church today at noon. Sam Hayes will be officiating. Burial will follow in Pettus Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Lexington United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Truitt Richardson, Lexington; son, Darren Mitchell Richardson and wife, Kathy, Lexington; daughter, Karen Richardson Rutter and husband, Andy, Columbia, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Laken Marae Richardson, Noah Mitchell Richardson, and Briggs Andrew Rutter; sister, Ann McGee, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.
Howard loved his hometown of Lexington and was passionate about serving the community. He played a vital role in the Lexington Fire and Rescue Squad, where he served as a commander for several years.
Howard was a 1963 graduate of Lexington High School and a member of the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. His Purple Pride continued as a big supporter of the Golden Bears and the Lady Bears until his final day. Howard was a volunteer trainer for the Golden Bears and was a significant figure on the sideline during training, practices, camps, and Friday night games for many years. He enjoyed watching his daughter, son, and grandson carry on the Bear tradition. Howard had a love for the game. He was involved in coaching many young athletes in the Lexington youth baseball and football leagues. During the early 80s he served on the Lexington City Council as parks director.
Pallbearers will be former Golden Bear coaches, J.T. Weeks, Billy Snider, Jerry Fulmer, Kenny Koss, Butch Toner, and Ricky Bryan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Knight, Billy Don Thompson, Bobby Howard, Tommy Cottrell, and Preston Porter.
Loretto Memorial Chapel is directing the services.
Published in Florence Times Daily from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2014