Johnny Richards

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ADVANCE, Mo. -- Johnny Edison Richards, 87, of Advance died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at John J. Pershing VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

He was born Nov. 17, 1919, in Bollinger County, son of John E. and Emma M. Borders Richards. He and Rose Null were married Feb. 18, 1949, at Piggott, Ark. She survives.

Richards was a teacher for 33 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. Richards was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and also a former member of the Advance VFW. He was also a Master Mason at the Zalma Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include two sons, Lynn Richards, Derek Richards, both of Advance; three daughters, Marilyn Kinworthy of Marion, Ill., Melody Loffland of Fort Worth, Texas, Dana Sullinger of Advance; two brothers, Clarence Richards of Olney, Ill., Leemon Richards of St. Louis; three sisters, Effie Grisham and Bernice Wilson, both of St. Louis, Melva Phillips of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Morgan Funeral Home.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Kevin Eskew officiating.

Interment will be in Balch Cemetery near Zalma, Mo., with full military rites.