Eric D. Richardson

December 30, 1967 - July 23, 2022
Eric D. Richardson

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Eric D. Richardson, 54, of Moundsville, WV, born December 30, 1967, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, at his home surrounded by his wife and family.

Eric grew up in Archdale, NC. He served 2 years in the Army Reserve before joining the US Navy as a diesel mechanic, then cross rating to Master of Arms. While in the Navy he had the opportunity to be stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD; on board the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Norfolk, VA; on the submarine tender USS Simon Lake in La Maddalena, Italy; Naval Construction Battalion, Gulfport, MS; 2 tours at Naval Support Activity Bahrain (one time during 9/11/2001) in the Middle East; onboard the destroyer USS O’Bannon, Jacksonville, FL; Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, St. Marys, GA; and LSD USS Whidbey Island, Little Creek, VA, where retired as a Chief Petty Officer in September 2010, after serving 22 1/2 years and receiving many medals and honors throughout his military career. He volunteered as a Auxiliary Police Officer with the Gulfport Police Department and worked for the Suffolk Police Department in Virginia.

In 1995 he became a born again Christian and dedicated the rest of his life to spreading the truth of God’s word to as many people as he could. His love for Christ was shown in every aspect of his life from that day forward. He became a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church in 2018 while attending his current church, The Apostolics of the Ohio Valley, Wellsburg, WV. He preached many messages at his home church as well as many other churches around the country.

He loved woodworking, pen turning, fishing, and vacationing with his wife. As well as his German Shepherd Zena that passed away last year and will be laid to rest with him.

Eric was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Ruth Richardson; two brothers, Jerome and Gerald Richardson; and his mother-in-law Alice Simmons.

Eric is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cheryl Richardson; three brothers, George Wesley Richardson (Beaufort, SC), Quint Richardson (Paoli, IN) and Joel Lee (Dena) Richardson; two sisters, Janene Hawk (High Point, NC) and Angela (Gary) Timmons (Mt. Airy, NC); father-in-law, Colin Simmons; sister-in-law, Tina (John) Marking, both of Moundsville, WV; brother-in-law, James (Shannon) Simmons (Virginia Beach, VA); many nieces and nephews, as well as a great niece and nephew.

Friends will be received at the CARE Funeral Home, 1500 Second Street, Moundsville, WV, Saturday, July 30, 2022, from 10 am until time of service at 12 pm, with Pastor Larry Wallbrown officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville, with full military honors provided by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Ranch for Boys, P.O. Box 238, Loranger, LA 70446, or online by clicking HERE. Memorial contributions can also be made to the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, P.O. Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802, or online by clicking HERE.

For those who cannot attend in person, Eric’s services will be live-streamed on this page.

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Visiting Hours

  • Saturday, July 30, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Eric D. Richardson

Saturday, July 30, 2022
12:00 PM

CARE Funeral & Cremation Service – Moundsville - Directions
1500 Second Street
Moundsville, West Virginia 26041

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  • August 01, 2022
    John says:
    You'll be missed my friend and brother-in-law. Rest in Peace.

  • July 31, 2022
    Kelley Knizner says:
    My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. John 14:2-4 NIV Jesus answered him “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 NIV

  • July 30, 2022
    Bill & Gayle Scarboro says:
    Wonderful service. We are so sorry we could not make it to the funeral. Eric was a sweet and caring Christian. He will be greatly missed, but he is in a far better place with the Lord. We knew Eric his whole 54 years. We will miss his sweet smile!. Love to Cheryl.

  • July 30, 2022
    Brian Jenkins says:
    That was a nice service. Eric, you will be missed by many, but never forgotten. You were my friend, mentor and shipmate. We served together on the USS Simon Lake, homeported at the beautiful La Maddalena, Italy. We worked where mainland Italians came to vacation. I'll always remember our snorkeling there and any other port we pulled into. I specifically remember you standing on a rock, the water was a little over ankle high, when an octopus reached out and touched you. You jumped back and we all followed suit, jumping in with you. Then there we were celebrating the 4th of July 1996 on a scenic beach of Sardinia. We traveled the world. You and I ventured into the Blue Grotto of Capri. We went to Greece, Italy and France. I was so happy to see you less than 2 months ago. You were at peace; you were ready to join your lord.

  • July 30, 2022
    MACM (SW/AW/EXW)(RET) Thomas Mello says:
    Eric was the sponsor for my wife, son Jared and I when we first arrived (1996) at the USS Simon Lake AS 33, lots of great memories aboard ship, snorkeling in La Maddalena Italy and our constant get togethers at Eric and Cheryl's house for dinners. for the past 26 years Eric and I became close friends, throughout the years we continually called one another talking shop and provided guidance to one another professionally and personally, more importantly just checking in on one another. he provided much guidance through my career and life, that I have at times passed on to my Sailors, kept me focused and was always there when I needed someone to talk to. The phone may not ring anymore, but I will cherish our great conversation about life and the friendship/memories we have shared. I guarantee Eric will continue to come up in many sea stories to be told and his words of wisdom will continue to be shared. I will miss you Eric, trust you will never be forgotten.