With heavy hearts and fond memories, we gather here today to celebrate the extraordinary life of Deacon Julian Bernard Richardson. Born to the late Julian Cecil and Francina (Pugh) Richardson in Columbia, South Carolina, Julian's journey took him far and wide, leaving an indelible mark on the lives he touched.
From the bustling streets of New York City, Julian ventured into the world with a spirit of determination and service. Enlisting in the United States Navy after graduating from New York City Public Schools, he exemplified honor and dedication throughout his military career, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) in the U.S. Army Reserves. Sergeant Richardson received a letter of commendation and citation from the State of New York Military and Naval Affairs and the Governor of New York. In April 1979, he received the Meritorious Service Medal during a critical period when the National Guard was called on by the Governor to provide support during a strike of state’s correctional officers.
His exceptional leadership and management skills were on full display as he successfully organized and completed the mission.
In a personal letter to Sergeant Richardson, then-New York Governor Hugh Carey said, “I commend the spirit and cooperative attitude with which you and other guardsmen took on this difficult and delicate assignment. Your skill, dedication and common sense contributed greatly to a peaceful outcome. Thank you for a job well done.”
His relentless efforts, unwavering dedication and contribution during this critical period exemplified the highest standards of service and merit recognition as an exceptional leader within the military community. Julian's adventurous spirit also led him to sail the high seas as a Merchant Seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marines.
A man of many talents, Julian pursued his passion for auto engineering, attending Bronx Community College and Roberts Trade School. His expertise as an auto mechanic allowed him to make invaluable contributions to Starr Maintenance, United Parcel Services, and eventually the New York City Department of Sanitation, where he devoted 26 years of his life before retiring. Julian's skilled hands were not limited to engines; they also adorned the boxing gloves that became a cherished part of his Navy training. His exceptional abilities led him to compete and win medals in Regional Golden Gloves Tournaments, forever marking him as a true champion.
Upon settling in Georgia and marrying his love, Ivory D. Wade, Julian found solace and a deep sense of belonging in the heart of Atlanta at New Hope Church of God in Christ, now known as Hinsley Temple. As a dedicated deacon under the guidance of Dr. Lytia R. Howard, Julian's commitment to his church family was unwavering. His presence, wisdom, and kind-hearted spirit touched the lives of all who crossed his path.
Deacon Julian Richardson is preceded in death by his beloved sister, Earline Hinton; son, Anthony Richardson and daughter, Erica Brown.
While we mourn the loss of a beloved brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, we find solace in the lasting legacy Julian leaves behind. He is survived by his devoted wife, Ivory D. Richardson; daughters Carolyn Murphy and Debra Richardson; cherished grandchildren Brian, Regina, and Alisha; and his great grandson, Eli. Julian's memory will also be carried on by his loving sisters, Betty West (Byron), Shirley Katwaroo, and Mary Richardson, along with numerous nieces, nephews (Julian loved being called “Uncle Bubba”), cousins, and a wide circle of relatives, friends, and bonus daughters, Treshea (Shandra), Christina Danielle, and his bonus grandson, Josiah.
Deacon Julian Bernard Richardson's life was a testament to resilience, service, and love. As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, his gleaming smile and generous heart—let us hold dear the memories we shared, the lessons we learned, and the inspiration that lives on within us. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his spirit forever guide us towards compassion and unity.
"Though we grieve, we also celebrate the extraordinary life that enriched our own."
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