January 14, 1929 -
March 16, 2012
Published in The Russellville
Courier on March 18, 2012
Charles Edward (Charlie) Richison of Lone Pine Farm in Danville, Arkansas
died unexpectedly Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital
in Little Rock, Arkansas. Charlie was 83 years old, but was witty, handsome,
and sharp as they wheeled him out of the room.
Charlie was born on January 14, 1929 in Keota, Oklahoma. He was the middle
child of the late Earnest and Ruby Richison. He was raised in Fort Smith,
AR and was a talented athlete, lettering in basketball, football, track,
and baseball for Fort Smith High. When he went to Arkansas Tech, he again
played all four sports. It was during his years at Tech that he found
the love of his life, Janette George of Danville, Arkansas. They married
11-18-1951. Charlie was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and progressed through
five different farm leagues until injuries ended his career, but never
diminished his love for the game.
Charlie taught and coached at both Fourche Valley and Danville School
Districts, then was successful selling pharmaceuticals in Big Spring and
Odessa, Texas. Everywhere they lived, Charlie and Jan made lifelong friends.
In 1965, they moved back to Danville to run George and Richison Abstract
Company. He also managed the family farm where they raised quarter horses,
cattle, chickens, and three children.
Charlie was a past president of Arkansas Land Title Association, Arkansas
Tech Alumni Association, and a Charter Member of the Arkansas Tech T-Club.
He was also actively involved in numerous civic groups and projects, and
served on the Northeast Yell County Water Board. He was the envy of many
golfers, even when he was up into his seventies.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William (Bill)
Richison. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janette George Richison
and three children and their spouses: Bill and Debra Richison Stuckey,
Bill and Frances Richison Eubanks, and Dr. George Charles and Ruth Richison
and nine grandchlldren, Anna Frances Stuckey Newby, William Compton Stuckey,
Rachel Stuckey Slaton, William Thomas Eubanks, III, Helen Debra Eubanks
Bartel, Janette Frances Eubanks, Sarah Frances Richison, Katherine Ruth
Richison, and Emily Ann Richison. He is also survived by six great grandchildren,
Reid Charles Richison, Addison, Emma, and Avery Joy Eubanks, Wyatt Newby
and Amaelia Stuckey, a sister, Sue Conner, and many beloved nieces, nephews,
Charlie was passionate, smart, and fiercely loyal to his God, his family,
and his friends.
Services will be held 2:00 p.m.,Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Danville
United Methodist Church and Visitation will be Sunday, the 18th from 4-6
pm at Cornwell Funeral Home.
Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville.