Mr. William Earl Richardson of Danville passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020. He was born on Feb. 18, 1943 in the Birchland Park area of Halifax County and was 77 years old. He was the son of the late “Buggie” Eddie Richardson and the late Mabel Williams Richardson. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Earl Davis. He was married to Eliza Johnson Richardson who survives.

He was a member of Mount Grove Missionary Baptist Church and was a former employee of Wilbert Vault Company and Brandon’s Backhoe and Grading, Inc. In his youth, he was a very adept baseball player and loved baseball his whole life. He also loved gardening and restoring old cars.

Survivors include his wife Eliza Johnson Richardson of Danville; three sons, Joe Nathan Bennett and wife Ebony of Newport News, Rodrickus Oakes Sr. of Columbia, South Carolina and William E. Richardson Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; three stepchildren, Trenace Gamble of Lake City, South Carolina, Helen Feagin of Florence, South Carolina and Dawn Johnson of Danville; grandchildren, Rodrickus Oakes Jr., Jonathan Bennett and Joshua Bennett; one brother, Harrison Richardson of Lake City, South Carolina; and one sister, Gloria Adams of Danville.

He was preceded in death by one son

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at noon at Floral Hills Cemetery in Danville with Rev. Darryl D. Cunningham officiating.

The service will be webcast on the Powell Funeral Home Facebook page.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremations Service, South Boston.