OBITUARY

Richard Leo Askew

October 5, 1928April 28, 2021

Richard Leo Askew, age 92 of Jackson, passed away on April 28, 2021 at his home.

He was born on October 5, 1928 in Texas to the late Coleman and Bertha Ross Askew. He married Virginia King on June 2, 1951 and they were married for 58 years until her death in 2010. Richard was retired as manager of Dean’s Foods of Jackson, TN. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church Bemis and served in many positions such as Deacon, Sunday School Director, and Sunday School Teacher. Richard also served as Assistant Master for the Boy Scouts from 1969-1974.

In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was preceded in death by a brother, Royce Askew. He is survived by his four children, Elizabeth (Libby) Barton (Joe), Barbara (Babs) Baker, Richard C. (Buddy) Askew (Tracey), and Robert Askew; one grandchild, Lennie Cox (Steven); and two great grandchildren, Brendan and Caitlin Cox.

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Friday evening, April 30, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons and again on Saturday morning, May 1, 2021 beginning at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Bemis. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Bemis with Bro. Bill Sims officiating. Burial will follow in Lester’s Chapel Cemetery.

Active pallbearers to serve will be Ray Rowan, Jimmy Pierce, Tommy Dean, Patrick Wright, Justin Wright, and Gary Dorris.

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • The Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

Memories

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David and Annette Fisher

April 30, 2021

When David and I married in 1966, and I moved my letter to First Baptist Church Bemis, I will always remember how Richard and Virginia made me feel. It was like being back in my church in Booneville, MS. So, I immediately felt better and that I was at home. As time went on, I saw more and more about Richard and Virginia, and we became friends. She was such a dear person and regardless of how she felt in her later life, she came back to church with a smile on her beautiful face!. Richard was so nice to David and me, and David went into Richard’s Sunday School Class.

They were such a blessing to so many, many people but they never talked about what all they did, but you could see Virginia get up to go help in the nursery while Richard, as a deacon, helped with the offering. They were always present when the doors opened!!

David and I will miss Richard, but he and Virginia are together looking down at their family who know for sure their Dad and Mom are in heaven together.

Bless You - Family members of Richard and Virginia.

David and Annette Fisher

Sandra Boyd

April 30, 2021

Richard was a great friend and role model. Words cannot express how much he meant to us. He will be greatly missed. Please know of our love and prayers for you during this time.

Much Love,
Aaron & Melba Long

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY