R. Gilbert Richards
Published 12:32 am Thursday, January 29, 2009
1918 - 2009
Rufus Gilbert Richards, 90, of 2816 Lynnsburg Road, of the Sladesville Community, Scranton, N.C. died Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at Cross Creek Health Care Center, Swan Quarter.
Born in Sladesville, June 25, 1918, he was the son of the late John and Sarah Catherine Midyett Richards. He graduated from the former Sladesville High School, attended Louisburg College and spent his working years as a community merchant operating his own grocery store for 25 years. He was married to the late Estelle Baldree Richards who preceded him in death. He was an active and long time member of Epworth United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent of Sunday school. He was a member of the former Sladesville Ruritan Club and was currently a member of Sladesville Civic Club.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church. Pastor Valerie Ballance will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter, Annette R. Harris of Scranton; grandchildren, Eddie Bryant Harris, Jr. and wife, Julie of Pantego; Vicky H. Still and husband, Everett of Kings Mountain, Kimberly H. Rodriguez and husband, Louis of Matthews, N.C. ; grea-grandchildren, Kaitlyn E. Still, Isabella G. Rodriguez, Emma V. Still, Marlea Harris and Jenny Harris.
Mr. Richards was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marjorie R. Harris and a sister, Thelma Richards Dunbar.
Memorials may be directed to the Epworth United Methodist Church, c/o Elaine S. Tooley, Treasurer, 762 Lynnsburg Road, Scranton NC 27875. Special thanks is extended to Joyce Russell and Beulah Spencer, his long time caregivers.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter and online sympathy messages may be sent to www.bryanfs.com