Vincent O'Neal Richardson  Sr.

Mr. Vincent O'Neal Richardson Sr. departed this life to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Kedron Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Brad Willis will officiate. Interment will follow in the Redds Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vincent O. Richardson Jr., John A. Richardson Sr., Thomas E. Richardson, J. Michael Hooper, Jack Busbee, John W. Anderson, Michael L. Richardson and John A. Richardson Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Dusty Williams, Keith Phillips, Wade R. Richardson Jr., O.W. Ray, Tom Tyler, Leon (Blue) Boyer, Nicholas J. Richardson, Michael (Mikey) Richardson, Greg Anderson and Robert A. Anderson Jr. Mr. Richardson, 65, was a lifelong resident of Aiken County and was affectionately known as "Pop" by his loved ones. He was a coach and mentor to many. Mr. Richardson coached Dixie League Baseball both for his sons and grandsons, coached basketball and coached softball for Redds Branch Baptist Church and Kedron Baptist Church. He was a 1961 graduate of Aiken High School and retired from BellSouth Telecommunications as an outside plant technician after more than 25 years of service. Mr. Richardson served as chairman of the deacons at Kedron Baptist Church. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, John Hamilton Richardson and Mollie Richardson Richardson, and future granddaughter, Megan R. Johnson. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 45 years, Rinda Anderson Richardson; daughter, Jeri R. (Mike) Hooper of North Augusta; sons, Vincent O. (Jan) Richardson Jr. of Benson, N.C., John A. (Diane) Richardson of Aiken and Thomas E. Richardson of Aiken; sisters, Juanita (William) Chenault of Orlando, Fla., Carolyn (Lindy) Lott of Aiken and Janie (Johnny) Kelly of Aiken; grandchildren, Michael (Whitney), John (Celeste), Nicholas, Kayla, Bevin, and Greg Richardson and Michael Hooper; step-grandchildren, Vannessa and Casey Bland; Jessecca (Lee) Lenzina, Chris (Jenny) Kirkbride, Mitchell (Kim) Kirkbride and Ashley Trull; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; his beloved cousin, Wade R. Richardson Jr.; and best friend, Dusty Williams. Memorials may be directed to the Connie Maxwell Childrens Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648. Mr. Richardson's online guest book may be signed at www.shellhousefuneralhome.com. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shellhouse Funeral Home Inc., 924 Hayne Ave, Aiken.