Ervin B. Richardson
Ervin B. Richardson, 90, of Harrison, (formerly of Alpena) went home to his Heavenly Father on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, from NARMC. He courageously battled the effects of numerous strokes, bouts of pneumonia and lymphoma in his last months, but finally God called him home.
Memorial service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at Faith Assembly of God Church with Rev. Arlis Thrasher and Rev. Linden Ballard officiating. Visitation was on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison. Interment was at the Alpena Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his grandsons and grandsons-in-law: Robert Bell, Kevin Richardson, Kris Clark, Kory Clark, Scott Barnard, and Kevin Horn. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters and granddaughters-in-law Dana McCutcheon, Tracey Richardson, Tonia Horn, Melissa Barnard, Kendra Bell, Ann Clark, and Jarva Clark and his many Atlis care givers.
The older son of Clarence Dewey (Happy) and Dolphia (Bailey) Richardson was born in Alpena on Oct. 26, 1918. He was a lifetime resident of Carroll and Boone Counties. He was a Navy Veteran Petty Officer 2nd Class of WWII, serving as a motor machinist in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He was a 32-Degree Mason and member of the Shrine Temple; a member of Royal Arch Mason, Chap. # 43, Mountain Home; and a member of Free & Accepted Masons, Yell # 64, Green Forest. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 87; past President of the Alpena School board; past Mayor of Alpena; past Pres. of the Alpena Cemetery Board; past member of AR Oil Marketers Association and past member of the Boone County Airport Board. He also traveled in league bowling for years.
Ervin was a self-educated entrepreneur and successful businessman. What was a bare piece of land to anyone else was a business opportunity to him. He was gifted with the ability to envision the completed job. He spent his life buying and selling and developing businesses: from selling newspapers as a young boy to selling automobiles, selling and repairing TVs, to cattle ranching and farming and part-time veterinarian. He and his brother started Richardson Oil Company in 1956 with a Sinclair distributorship. He bought out his brother in the early 1970s and partnered with his son as Blaine Texaco distributors and moved the business to Harrison in 1975. After selling ROC in 1999, he continued cattle ranching, buying and selling, and operating Richardson Rentals. He worked from sun up to sun down for his family.
He loved country and gospel music and at one time sang in a gospel quartet as the bass. He was of the Assembly of God faith.
In 2005, he willingly gave up his right to drive after suffering several strokes and turned his business management over to his daughter, Denease and her husband, Clinton. Although he remained active in the decision making process, he was no longer burdened by business worries; he relaxed and allowed the love of God to fill his life. He enjoyed watching TV: Bonanza, Gunsmoke and westerns as well as the Cardinal and Cubs baseball teams, long scenic drives, especially in the spring and fall, going to Western Sizzlin for steak every Sunday with family and friends and going to Branson for Krispy Kreme donuts. He counted the days from one Sunday to the next. He laughed and joked and wanted everyone to be happy. If he had wronged anyone in the past, he was truly sorry and wanted people to know this.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James A. (Hoover), and two infant grandsons.
His wife of 68 years survives him. He was united in marriage to Jetton Garrison on Jan. 22, 1941. Other survivors include three daughters and a son: Brenda Bell of Green Forest, Charlotte Clark and husband Jerry, Denease Woods and husband Clinton, and Blaine Richardson and wife Pam, all of Harrison; eight grandchildren and spouses, 18 great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Ruth Richardson, Juanita Marshall and Louise Garrison; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alpena Cemetery Fund.
He loved God and his family. He said he loved his wife more now than when he first married her. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.