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Joe Allen Richards

Joe Allen Richards, 87, passed away January 20, 2016, at his home in Gladewater, Texas.

Joe was born near Celeste on March 3, 1928, to Alton P. Richards and Ruth Maier Richards. He graduated in 1945 from Commerce High School. He attended East Texas State Teachers College where he received his bachelor and masters degrees. Joe's working career consisted of teaching, administration and consulting for TEA over a span of 29 years. After retiring, he owned and operated a blueberry farm on Highway 50 between Commerce and Campbell. He was active in Ham Radio, Airstream Club and church activities, including song leading for the Campbell Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ethelyn Jean Hume Richards; his children: son, Allen Richards and wife Kay of Seabrook; daughter, Ruth Davis and husband Brad of Gladewater; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and, a brother, Wilton M. Richards of Carthage.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home beginning at 9:30 a.m. Due to inclement weather, committal services will be held at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the North Loop Church of Christ, 1000 NE Loop 485, Gladewater, TX, 75647 at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The family has requested no flowers. Memorials may be made to Arms of Hope, 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055 (830) 522-2200 or The American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Memorial Services beginning at 3:00 p.m.


SERVICES

Visitation

Saturday, January 23, 2016
9:30 AM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

 

Committal Service

Saturday, January 23, 2016
10:00 AM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

 

Visitation and Memorial Service

Saturday, January 23, 2016
2:30 PM

North Loop Church of Christ
1000 NE Loop 485
Gladewater, Texas 75647

 

Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Memorial Services beginning at 3:00 p.m.


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Guestbook

I will never forget Joe telling me how he met Jean. It was such a sweet story. Joe and Jean visited my mother iin the nursing home and that alone meant so much to me. They were a couple you could never forget. Sweet and thoughtful, always putting someone else in front of themselves. There are just no words to tell you the kindness and love this couple had for everyone they met. Jean is a strong woman and I know she will go on and continue their work. You just new they were a great Christian couple, you did not have to ask. We will all miss this fine , sweet and kind Christian man.

Jill scurlock Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM

Jean and family. Our hearts go out to you and family. Howard and Leola Camp

Leola Camp Jan 23 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

Joyce Lemma Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Charlie and I will miss Joe greatly ... Our thoughts go back with him of happy times together with Jean .. memories of eating together, parties together , going back in time with him of so many wonderful stories of his past .... WE will miss him so much but will remember all the good times with both of them through the years ...... Joe had so many friends that loved him and will have so many memories of Joe .. Will see you again Joe ....

Glenda Nipper Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM