Joe Morton Richardson
Joe Morton Richardson, 91, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at West Kentucky Veteran's Center in Hanson. Joe was born March 6, 1921, to Dr. William Ford and Lattimer Ruth Leslie Hines Richardson of Lewisburg and grew up in Beech Creek, graduating from Hughes-Kirk High School, where he was known as a star basketball player. He served in World War II and was awarded Bronze stars for his service in each of four theaters of operations in Normandy, France, Belgium and Germany, consisting of 330 consecutive days of combat. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, on June 2, 2011; and his brothers, George, William, Robert and Lewis "Shines" Richardson.
He is survived by son Michael (Donna) of Greenville; grandsons Patrick Richardson of Greenville and Brad (Misty) Richardson of Griffin, Ga.; great-grandchildren Blake, Brei Anne, Colt, Caden and Journey Grace; siblings Jean Grise of Lewisburg and Sue Geisler and brother Jack Richardson of Russellville.
Before and after the war, he played minor league professional baseball. His long-ball hitting put him on course for the majors until an injury changed his direction. Joe was one of four men to champion Little League Baseball in Greenville. He then used his civil engineering Army training during his employ at the Pittsburgh and Midway Coal Co. but was best known as one of Muhlenberg County's favorite car salesmen. Joe was known as a man of great integrity and concern for others. He enjoyed his family, singing in gospel quartets, playing the piano, watching UK basketball, UK football and watching St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his vegetable gardens each year.
He was an active member of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, where he served as lay speaker and Sunday school teacher, and later, Rosewood Methodist Church.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gary's Funeral Home, 405 Hopkinsville St., Greenville, officiated by the Rev. Brent Waltrip. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Military Tribute" statue, Pillars of the Community that will be placed at the Greenville Post Office. Make checks payable to the City of Greenville for this purpose.