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Tom Tolbert Richardson

1935 ~ 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Obituary

Tom Tolbert Richardson of Clayton passed away February 15, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 13, 1935 in Palmetto and was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Gehugh and Annie Elizabeth Richardson; brother and sister-in-law Robert "Bob" Lewis and Sara Richardson; and sister, Sarah Alberta "Berta" Bradley.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Dr. Helen Williford Richardson; son Thomas Elliott Richardson (Laura); sister, Mary Ann Grace; former daughter in law Jenny Richardson, five grandchildren Ashley Richardson, JoAnna Bleckley, Cassidy Richardson, Brooke Richardson and Brylee Richardson,  two great grandchildren Addison Richardson and Jenna Bleckley, and many nieces and nephews.

A retired educator, Mr. Richardson received his Masters degree from the University of Georgia and was a high school counselor and principal in Fulton County. He was very supportive of athletics, serving as an umpire and was called “Ump” by many. An avid “Wildcat” supporter of Rabun County High School, Mr. Richardson was a recipient of the "Biggest Fan" award. He was an active member of the Clayton Rotary Club, serving as Rotary District Governor in 1997-1998 and as a trustee of the Clayton Rotary Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson hosted many Rotary exchange students and supported various academic scholarships. He was a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow and a Will Watt Fellow.

He and Mrs. Richardson also endowed the Tom Richardson and Helen Williford Richardson Scholarship at Young Harris College, and he served on the Board of Trustees of the Gordon State College Community Foundation.

Mr. Richardson was an active and dedicated member of Clayton First United Methodist Church. He loved spending time with his beautiful grandchildren who knew him as "Pop."

The family will receive friends Saturday February 18, 2023 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Beck Funeral Home with a service to follow at 4:00 PM in the chapel with Rev. Zack Martin officiating.

In lieu of flower the family has asked donation be made in Toms memory at Clayton Rotary Club, 184 S Main St, Clayton, GA 30525, Clayton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 703, Clayton, GA, 30525 and Rabun County Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 1873, Clayton, GA 30525.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
February 18, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Beck Funeral Home
898 Hwy 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525

Funeral Service
Saturday
February 18, 2023

4:00 PM
Beck Funeral Home
898 Hwy 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525

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