Stephen F. Richards, 66

Stephen F. Richards, 66, of Vidalia, Ga., died Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness.

He was a native of Wabash, and a 1967 graduate of Wabash High School.  He later graduated from Peabody College-Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, earning a bachelor’s degree in English and French as well as a master’s degree in library science.  He retired from the State of Georgia as a librarian after more than thirty years, and after his retirement, worked at Brewton Parker College as a librarian for several more years. 

He was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Vidalia and the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Edward Richards and Henrietta Elizabeth Barber Richards.

Mr. Richards is survived by his wife, Della Kight Richards of Vidalia; one daughter, Alicia Richards Roberson and husband Nathan; one granddaughter, Stella Elise Roberson, all of Valdosta, Ga.; a brother, Tom Richards and wife, Jeani, of Wabash; and two first cousins, Patrick Smith of South Bend, and Pamela Smith of St. Louis, Mo.

The memorial service was Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation with the Rev. Denise Vaughn officiating.  Burial will follow later in the Lyons City Cemetery.

Visitation was April 2 at the Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home, Vidalia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation at P.O. Box 1311, Vidalia, GA 30475, or to the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 210, Vidalia GA 30475.


Posted on 2016 Apr 14