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01/16/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Charles Richardson

Charles Holtzclaw Richardson
(1926 - 14 Jan 2011)

Hampton High School Class of 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Sunday morning.
        Charles Richardson, Hampton High School Class of 1943, passed away in Assawoman on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the age of 84.  He was the father of    Karen Richardson Dilley ('66) of VA and Cathy Richardson Baab ('68) of VA, and of the late Chuck Richardson ('69) (d. 20 May 2006), and father-in-law of Carl Baab ('67) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 01/16/11:



Charles H. Richardson

    ASSAWOMAN - Capt. Charles Holtzclaw Richardson, of Assawoman and formerly of Hampton, died Friday. He was 84.

Capt. Richardson, who was born and raised on the Eastern Shore, served 46 years as a Virginia Pilot on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads and James River, from 1943 to 1988. He was married to Patricia Holland of Virginia Beach. They attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock and lived in historic Arbuckle Place.

Capt. Richardson is survived by his wife; two children, Karen R. Dilley of Williamsburg, and Catherine R. Baab of Richmond; a daughter-in-law, Carol J. Richardson; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A son, Charles H. "Chuck" Richardson died in 2006; a brother, Richard P. Richardson of Boston, Mass., and formerly of Onancock, died last year; and a second brother, Tommy Richardson of Wachapreague died in 2000. Capt. Richardson was married twice previously. His first wife and the mother of his three children, Mary Jane Edgar of Ashville, N.C., and Hampton died in 1985; and his second wife, Betty Ballard of Onancock died in 1989.

  Charles Richardson
Capt. Richardson was born in 1926, the second of three children to Richard P. Richardson and Catherine B. Nottingham of Onley. He grew up on the Eastern Shore and later moved, with his family, to Charleston, S.C. At age 15, he moved to Hampton to care for his paternal grandparents. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1943 and entered the Virginia Pilots Association apprenticeship program. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and helped guide vital war shipping through the mine-infested waters of Hampton Roads into the Atlantic. Capt. Richardson continued to serve with skill and distinction in one of the world's busiest harbors. During his career, the historic Virginia Pilots Association, in service since colonial days, advanced from going to ship by oar to high speed, radar-guided launches, and the size of ships grew to the massive super tankers of today.

He lived on the Peninsula until retiring from the Pilots Association in 1989. Capt. Richardson was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, the Hampton Yacht Club, the Assembly Club of Newport News and the Hampton Roads German Club. He was known for his love of company, conversation and a good story, and he treated his family and many friends to countless tales of ship captains from near and far, life on the Eastern Shore, family history dating back to the Civil War, and much more. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock. A graveside service will follow immediately in Onancock Cemetery. A reception will follow at the family home.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 66 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
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January 16, 2011

Charles was the finest neighbor and friend anyone could ever wish for. We loved him dearly. Patsy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you, Jeff, Deb, and the family.

~ Jeff and Deb Jones, Assawoman/Newport News, Virginia

January 16, 2011

Patsy and families, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to know Mr. Richardson and he will be sadly missed. I always enjoyed talking to him when he picked up his mail. What a true gentleman he was. Postmaster, Assaoman, VA

~ Leslie S. Furman, Assawoman, Virginia

January 16, 2011

Patsy, we are so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a very kind person. We were blessed to have known him. He will surely be missed.

~ Joe and Kim Tykot, Craddockville, Virginia


  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Capt. Richardson's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

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