Thomas Steve Richardson PDF Print E-mail

Ret. CW4 Thomas Steve Richardson, passed away peacefully in his Savannah, GA home this past Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the age of 70.

Thomas was born on December 8th, 1948, in Newberry County, to Thomas Leon Richardson and Margaret Alene Dowd Richardson.  He was married to Susan Cousins Richardson of Chapin. They were blessed with many years together, and celebrated their 49th Wedding Anniversary on December 27th, 2018.  Thomas is survived by his wife along with his only daughter, Laurie Ann( Nick ) Sterguis and his two grand-daughters, Annie Lee (Stephen) Smith, and Lauren Savannah Richardson, his son-in-law Nicholas Sterguis and Grandson-in-law Stephen Smith. He is pre-ceded by his parents along with his Fraternal Grand parents,  Veta Lenora Kibler Richardson and James Leo Richardson, and his Maternal Grandparents Eva Shealy Dowd and Wilbur Dowd.

In 1967 Thomas graduated from Mid Carolina High School after which he attended Georgia Military College, Richland Tech, and Fayetteville Tech In June of 1969 he voluntarily joined the Army and graduated from Flight School in June of 1970 at Fort Rucker in Alabama. In August of the same year he was deployed to Vietnam where he was eventually awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for using his helicopter to shield an incoming Medivac and giving them enough time to retrieve the injured soldiers on the ground. During his time in the military he was stationed at multiple locations including Fort Bragg, Korea (twice), Fort Jackson, Finthen Army Airfield and Hunter Army Air Field. During his life he was also a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Savannah Georgia, the Grand Lodge AFM of South Carolina and the Alee Temple.

A Celebration of Life service will be held this Saturday, February 16th, at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC at 1:00 pm. Thomas wanted to be remembered for the joy he had while on earth and asked that his friends and family gather in celebration instead of mourning after his passing. His family has also asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the ALS Foundation of your choice, for those who feel called to do so.

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#13 Robert H Martin 2019-02-23 08:56
Very sorry to here about Steve, we had many good times at Mid Carolina growing into adults. Great guy, he will be missed.
#12 Bobbie King 2019-02-19 15:16
Susan & Family: Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Steve is now at peace and in Heaven smiling down on everyone. He was a great man and everyone loved him! His wit, laughter, and smiles will be missed. We pray that God’s love will heal and comfort you all. Love to all
#11 larry gunter 2019-02-16 20:48
Steve was a great friend and comrade.I was able to attend the gathering in Chapin today and found out something that Steve had always told me. He said he married his VERY SWEET CLOSE COUSIN. Never knew Susan last name was cousin. I like humor and think humor is a lot better than going around with a frown. I'm a Vietnam vet and really appreciate what Steve and the rest of his crew did for us on the ground. He will be missed and I know he will be missed by me, because Steve and I stayed in contact on the computer and It has already been close to 2 months since we have talked and it seems a lot longer.
#10 Janice Long 2019-02-16 09:44
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing! Less than 2 years ago he was still full of life and enjoying himself at our 50th class reunion! He definitely loved life and enjoyed having a good time. I heard many stories from Glenn about some of the things that they had gotten into as teenagers. I guess they are again having fun together in heaven! Love, Janice
#9 Peggy Bowers 2019-02-15 19:34
Susan & Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you! What a great guy & friend. Thanks, Steve, for the memories! May you all find peace in knowing that he is at peace! Love to you! Monte & Peggy
#8 Melony Bosdell 2019-02-14 22:50
Treasure the memories and that will help you and your family get through this time of great sorrow. I know the Lord will be with you through this journey of grief!
#7 Roger Frick 2019-02-14 20:00
I am very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a great man and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. God bless.
#6 Clyde Lipsey 2019-02-14 20:00
"Richardson" enough said....a great guy, a great friend.
May God bless your family as they go through this rough. time. Friends forever.... Love you buddy,
Clyde Lipsey
#5 Harold & Ola Mae 2019-02-14 14:05
Dear Susan & Family: We were deeply saddened when we heard that Steve had gained his wings! He was a great man that everyone that knew him loved him! He will be missed. We pray that our Loving Heavenly Father will comfort you all now and the days ahead! Peace I give unto You!
With love,
Harold & Ola Mae Fulmer
#4 Douglas Fulmer 2019-02-14 13:42
I have many memories of my brother, Steve. He will be missed but never forgotten! May God be with the family during this time. Douglas, Taylor and Andrew
#3 Fredna 2019-02-14 09:42
My thoughts & prayers are with you as you embrace Steve’s life & passing. God bless & God speed in His comfort & peace.
#2 Lynn Wessinger 2019-02-14 07:54
We are so sorry for your loss and pray for God's peace to surround you with the joy Steve brought in life.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#1 Terrie Shealy Mayer 2019-02-13 18:45
Susan and Laurie and family.....
I was saddened to hear of Steve's passing when my daddy called me on Monday. I have nothing but happy thoughts when I think of y'all---the COUSINS' and the DOWD'S and the RICHARDSON'S.
Please know that you are in my heartfelt prayers and you have my most sincere condolences.

May GOD bless you and keep you and give you HIS PEACE.

With much love,