Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson

By | December 5, 2017 6:40 am

Last Updated: December 6, 2017 at 11:33 am

Horace Lee “Curley” Richardson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Richardson was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Cookeville, to Livey Edgar Richardson and Fannie Rippetoe Richardson.

He worked in the produce business for 50 years and strived to dedicate his time to his church and community. A longtime Church of Christ member, Mr. Richardson attended Central Church of Christ for over 30 years and proudly served as a teacher, song leader, and deacon for that congregation.

In addition, he was a poet, avid golfer, founding board member of the Sparta Country Club, and longtime Civitan Club member. His love of sports dated back to when he was a football player for Cookeville and continued as he became a founding member of the White County Warrior Quarterback Club and served as president of Sparta-White County Little League and Babe Ruth.

Mr. Richardson was preceded in death by his parents; son, Rodney Kane Richardson; sister Georgia Gaw; and several half-brothers and half-sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Daphene Cooley Richardson, of Sparta; sons, Terry Anthony “Tony” Richardson, of Wisconsin, Mark Twain (Gail Richardson), of California, Timothy Lee “Tim” Richardson (Cynthia Richardson), of Cookeville; grandchildren, Justin Richardson, Allen Richardson, Claire Richardson; great-grandchildren, Stella Richardson, Cole Richardson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Dec. 7, 2017, at Central Church of Christ, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the church. Wayne Stubblefield and Roy Whited will officiate.

Justin Richardson, Chad Hickey, Adam Hickey, Todd Hickey, Randy Alley, Mike O’Neal, Shane Wheeler, and Shaun Monday will serve as pallbearers. The Central Church of Christ elders, Bill Oakley, John Knox, Les Tubb, and Russ Hale, will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.

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