Birth Date: July 19, 1950
Death Date: March 7, 2018
R.V. Richardson, 67, of Decatur, Illinois peacefully passed this life on Wednesday evening, March 7, 2018 with his daughter, Shaletha, by his side at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, Illinois.
R.V. was born July 19, 1950 in Ullin, Illinois. He was the eighth of 12 children born to the union of the late James and Nancy B. Richardson. After graduating from Century High School in Ullin, Illinois, R.V. attended West Kentucky State Vocational Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky where he studied electronics. He worked at a number of places, including Mueller, Wagner Castings, and K-Mart. In addition, he enjoyed working odd jobs repairing cars and fixing up old houses.
He was baptized at an early age and was a very active and faithful member of the Jasper Street Church of Christ in Decatur, Illinois. In addition to other works, R.V. taught Sunday school classes, drove the church van, and sung with the Jasper Street Chorus as well as the male chorus. His deep base voice could be heard throughout the building.
R.V. was a very generous person who would do anything for anybody without regret. Those who knew him will always remember his hardy laughter that was like none other and could just light up a room. He loved fishing and grilling. He also loved gardening. Although his back yard was small, he still maintained a small garden.
In 1974, R.V. united in holy matrimony to Ella Shannon. During their 44 years of bliss, they raised six children whom they loved dearly. They brought them up in church and taught them Biblical principles.
R.V. leaves to cherish and enjoy his fond memories: his wife Ella; four sons, Chris Shannon, Eric Shannon, R.V. Richardson, Jr., all of Decatur and Brian (Sarah) Richardson of Pontiac, Illinois; two daughters, Cherish Brown, Bloomington, Illinois and Shaletha (Tobias) Starnes of Decatur, Illinois, in addition to a host of adopted children; one brother, Carl A. Richardson, Killeen, Texas; three sisters, Christine Dickens, Carbondale, Illinois; Lillian (Ulysses) Kinnel, Decatur, Illinois and Annie M. Mack, Chicago Heights, Illinois; seven sisters-in-laws; four brother-in laws and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, six brothers and one sister.