Earnest Rufus Richardson, son of the late Dick Travis “Bud” and Katie Mae Richardson, was born in Warren County, North Carolina on September 9, 1949. He departed this life on December 25, 2018 at his home in Castalia, North Carolina.
He accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hollister, North Carolina. He attended and graduated from Perry’s High School in 1967. After graduation from high school, he moved up north to New Jersey in pursuit of employment. He returned to North Carolina several years later, got married and eventually relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina where he worked at the Merita Bakery for about three years before returning to Franklin County to live. For the past forty-one years, he was employed at Toney Lumber Company in Louisburg, North Carolina.
He was united in holy matrimony to his wife of forty-seven years, Dencie Silver on July 8, 1971. Together they raised five children, one son Earnest Richardson, Jr., preceded him in death.
He was a hardworking and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He grew up on the farm working in tobacco and cotton. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing and planting a garden.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Dencie Richardson of the home; two daughters, Kimberly Richardson-Battle (Craig) of Castalia, NC and Sandy Richardson of the home; two sons, Rufus Cornell Richardson (Kesha) and Anthony Silver both of Louisburg, NC; eight grandchildren, Daquasia, Dominique, Jamarius, JaMyia, Janisha, Rufus Jr., Camron and Noah; two sisters, Mary Richardson of Rocky Mount, NC and Anna Alexander of Upper Marlboro, MD; two brothers, Bonnie Bell Richardson and Mark Richardson both of Wood, NC; one sister-in-law, Mary Hazel Alston of Centerville, NC; one brother-in-law, Noah “Oliver” Silver (Lois) of Wood, NC; one special uncle, Jake Richardson of Nashville, NC; one special aunt, Nettie Richardson of Louisburg, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.