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James "Jimmy" Richards

March 30, 1933May 21, 2020

James, “Jimmy” Cecil Richards, 87, of Laurel Bloomery, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 after several years of declining health due to Parkinson’s. He was born March 30, 1933 to the late Louise and James Richards. Jimmy served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and worked until retirement as a crane operator for Tennessee Eastman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise Lady and James Richards.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Nancy Richards; three sons, Phil Richards, Jeff Richards and wife Sheila, and Tim Richards and wife Debbie; one grandson; five granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 3:00pm at East Lawn Memorial Park’s Chapel of Memories, officiated by Pastor Michael Teague.

Military honors conveyed by VFW Post 1039 of Mountain City, TN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in James's memory to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 1079 Shingletown Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Online condolences may be made to the Richards family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Richards family.


  • Nancy Richards, Wife
  • Phil Richards, Jeff Richards and wife Sheila, and Tim Richards and wife Debbie, Three Sons
  • One grandson, five granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren, Family
  • Louise Lady and James Richards, Parents (deceased)

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


James "Jimmy" Richards

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Joni Galyon

May 24, 2020

Nancy I'm so sorry to hear about Jimmy. I was just asking Sherry the other day if she had heard from you all.

Zenda Nichols

May 23, 2020

Nancy, Phil, Jeff and Tim,
I feel for you in this time of great loss. Jimmy was a wonderful sweet man. I am grateful to have had him and your family as neighbors for so many years. It was a magical time.


Chris & Kathie Depew

May 23, 2020

Dearest Nancy and family,
We just want you to know how much we love you and we are praying for the Lord to comfort your hearts. We loved Jimmy so much. He and your whole family always treated us and our family like we were part of your family. Jimmy always had a hug and a smile for everyone. We will all be together one glorious day with Jesus. All our love and prayers,
Chris & Kathie Depew
& Family

Ruth and Terry Thomas

May 22, 2020

Nancy so sorry to hear about Jimmy he was one special person. Jimmy always had a smile to share. My prayers are with you and your family.


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