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Joseph Guinn Richards, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at his residence. Joseph was born on March 23, 1938, in Adair County, to the late Ralph B. Richards and Edith Montgomery Richards. Joseph was united in marriage on January 5, 1963 in Jellico, Tennessee, to Betty Jane Waddle.
Joseph was a member of the New Enterprise Baptist Church and a retired teacher having earned his Rank 1 Master's Degree. He was previous president of the Southeastern Water Board Association, former Director of People-Personnel for Pulaski County Schools and was a member of the Somerset Masonic Lodge #111 and member of the Oleika Shrine Temple of Lexington.
Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Betty Jane Waddle Richards; grandchildren, Joseph Guinn Richards III (Jake), Jaron Grayson Richards and Jordan Allen Richards; great-grandchildren Dakota Shane Overbay, David Lee Richards, Caiden Jason Richards and Billey Ray Richards.
Preceding Joseph in death are his parents; and his son, Joseph Guinn Richards, II.
Visitation for Joseph Guinn Richards will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company. A Celebration of the Life of Joseph Guinn Richards will follow at 1:00 pm., in the funeral home chapel, with Bro. Jim McKinney officiating. Interment will be in the Waddle Cemetery.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Waddle Cemetery, c/o Joseph Richards III.
You may leave online condolences to the Richards family at somersetundertaking.com
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 1, 2018
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