June 9, 2009
William E. Richey, 60, died June 3, 2009, at his residence in Columbus. Services are Wednesday at 1 p.m. at New Beginning FG Baptist Church with Pastor Glenn Jefferson Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens. Visitation is today from 3-8 p.m, and the family will greet visitors from 6-7 p.m. at Carter’s Funeral Services of Columbus. Mr. Richey was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Bigbee Valley to the late Henry and Mary Lee Manning Richey. He is a former member of El Bethel MB Church and a current member of New Beginning FG Baptist Church. He attended Hunt High School and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Ruth Jefferson Richey of Columbus; son, Shawn Jordan of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter, Crystal Turner of Washington; brothers, Charlie Richey, Aaron Mitchell, Johnny Richey all of Columbus, Roy Richey of Indiana, Tommy Richey of Missouri, Rufus Mitchell of Jackson and Johnny Mitchell of Virginia; sisters, Sallie Brownlee, Ruth Williams, Henrietta Richey, Doris Johnson all of Columbus, Mary Barlow of St. Louis and Bobbie Richey of Toledo, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Larry, Zerrick, Marcus, Bernard, Kendrick and Kahil Richey.