OBITUARY

Laura Carson Richmond

October 6, 1976November 6, 2018
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Laura Marie (Carson) Richmond passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on November 6, 2018. She was 42 years old. She was born in Columbia, SC on October 6, 1976 to Jim and Linda Carson. She was the middle of 3 siblings. Laura attended Sullivan Central High School and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from ETSU.

Laura was a lifelong band teacher, most recently in the Bristol Tennessee City School System. She loved to play the trumpet and did so every Sunday in the church orchestra. Laura loved being with people and was always passionate about everything she did. She enjoyed playing board games with her family and friends. Laura was a member of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church in Bristol, VA.

She leaves behind her daughter, Kaylie Richmond; her parents, James & Linda Carson; her brother, Matt Carson, his wife Desha and their children Micah, Nathan, and Jenna; her sister Cathy Davenport, her husband Tim and their children Julie and David.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Indian Springs Baptist Church – Hill Road Campus.

Funeral services will follow at the church with Dr. Tiger Brooks and Dr. Allen Roberts officiating. Special music provided by Evan Edwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tennessee High School (memo: band program), 1112 Edgemont Ave., Bristol, TN 37620 or to Euclid Avenue Baptist Church (memo: Operation Christmas Child), 900 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA 24201.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Kaylie Richmond, Daughter
  • James & Linda Carson, Parents
  • Matt Carson & wife Desha & children Micah, Nathan & Jenna, Brother
  • Cathy Davenport & husband Tim & children Julie & David, Sister
  • DONATIONS

  • Tennessee High School: Band Program
  • Euclid Avenue Baptist Church: Operation Christmas Child

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Laura Carson Richmond

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Donna McGrew

February 15, 2019

It's been 3 months, but the hurt still feels fresh. Laura and I only knew each other for a few years - but they are ones I will cherish. When I was first "warned" about the "Wicked Trumpet Instructor", just before my son was to join the THS band - the thought of this hard-shell crabby lady turning into my best friend was the farthest from my mind! Then I met her... talked to her... watched her interact and pull the talent out of my son... rode many buses with her... stood in 1000° heat and pouring rain with her........ laughed.. hugged.. prayed.. screamed.. cried with her. We understood each other... even our "moods". I think of her every morning as I put my trumpet necklace she gave me on... when people ask about it, I smile, tell them my best friend gave it to me....
Miss u Kavu Twin... I'll have ur Rt 44 Diet Strawberry Lime-aid in hand when we meet again. I'm doing my best with The Minions - they miss u too - been an honor to "keep a watchful eye" on them for u. Love u girlie... miss u more than u know.
Signed... "The Assistant to the Assistant Band Director"

Suzy Justice

December 5, 2018

I keep coming across reminders of Laura at my house - the picture she cross stitched for my wedding, the blanket she made when Eden was born, the pillow she made of our bridesmaid dresses, the UT duffel bag she got me, and on and on. It meant a lot to me that she went to the trouble to make or find such thoughtful gifts. I have so many good memories of her through the years. Lots of laughter, cards, school lunches, sleepovers, church events, and other fun times. One that stands out to me happened when Laura was a freshman in college. Robin and I were still in high school, but our parents let us go spend the night with Laura in her dorm room. The idea that LAURA was grown up enough to be our chaperone seemed outrageous at the time, and it was thrilling to be out on our own with her, even if all we did was play cards and go to Pizza Hut! It was an exciting time of life, and I'm glad we got to go through it together. Laura was a unique and wonderful person, and a dear friend.

Whitney Cook

November 21, 2018

Laura was a special friend in high school. We were in band together. My most treasured memory of her was when we went to the Bahamas our junior year with the band. (What were they thinking?) We stayed in the same hotel room when we stopped in Georgia. We decided it would be a great idea to prank call the boys in another room. Good times that trip. I am so sorry for your loss. Laura was such a talented and loving friend. The world is a better place for having her in it. I pray for peace and healing. God bless.

Diane Jones-Lawhern

November 17, 2018

Laura made it cool to be yourself by always being herself. Laura made it cool to be smart and hard-working by always pushing herself to be the best she could be. Most importantly, Laura made it cool to be a Christian by always loving God and putting His will first. As a self-conscious middle school student and high school student who didn't make the best choices all the time, she was the leader and role-model that people like me needed. Laura, thanks for setting a good example for me. Until we meet again, rest in peace and in the love of our Almighty God and Healer.

Brian Quakenbush

November 13, 2018

I went to school with Laura and was alway surprised by her work ethic. She just worked harder to get to where she needed to be. Very impressive. I hadn't seen Laura for a few years but shortly, as soon we made eye contact, at a band event, we caught up quickly but then I was off. I saw Laura just two weeks ago at a competition and hugged. She was pleasant and working hard for the students at Tennessee high. I am really proud of her commitment to her for continued passion of music; it took her places and made bonds with people she may have never have realized. I was sorry to hear about this event and was quite shocked. I wish her family and all of her friends condolences and peace as we crest into the holidays.

Dave & Debbie Mills

November 13, 2018

So very thankful to have known Laura. Most of our memories of her go way back to the late 80s, early 90s. We remember her as a petite girl, unfazed by her size. She had a big engaging personality. She made things fun. Her warmth & love of the life God gave her was contagious. When she played the trumpet in the ISBC orchestra, we marveled at the sound she could produce. She learned how to play well & how to come under direction. It served her well, I'm sure, in life.

Her love & joy in her family was so obvious. She didn't seem to mind being "the middle" - so proud of her big brother, Matt, so captivated by her fun little sister, Cathy. Watching their banter with each other engaged all of us. There must have been times they didn't get along...but the love was so apparent. It was fun for us to see Jim and Linda, too...relishing their children. Laura was thick in the mix of all that.

One memory of ours had to do with her high school driving. At first, she would drive to school in her parents' station wagon. It was huge, light blue, & could be spotted from a long distance away. Jim & Dave were talking one day about our needing a bigger car (we had an old Honda Accord which was a tight fit for the two car seats & booster 3-kiddo family). Jim lamented about Laura having to drive their enormous station wagon to school every day. So...we just swapped cars. She seemed very happy with the swap & got to travel a bit more incognito after that.

Living away from Kingsport during Laura's adult life, we missed her wedding, the birth of her cherished Kaylie, all her marching band years. We kept up with her through Facebook & her parents' stories. We did meet Kaylie, 5 years ago. Laura, introducing her, beamed with pride & love at this wonder of a girl.

Kaylie, Laura felt so privileged to be your mom. You know how she loved you. Keep that in the front of your memory. We will remember the Laura who loved you, Dear One. God sees you. We will see Him one day...& your mama, too.

Scot Fleming

November 11, 2018

To the Carson and Richmond Families,
I taught Laura private trumpet lessons when she was in High School. She was always a wonderful player and person. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. The band world has lost a great director and teacher of music. Your families will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss. I was very fortunate that later in life I got to play trumpet with Laura at a church event there at Indian Springs Baptist Church (when she attended there). What a wonderful blessing that was. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort during this time and I also pray that he will let you remember the wonderful times with Laura as you continue on your life journeys.
Love
F. Scot Fleming (State Line Baptist Church Music Director and Gate City Middle School Band Director)

Jacob Leonard

November 11, 2018

Ms. Richmond,

You will be greatly missed by everyone, especially by your minions. May you find the rest and peace that you truly deserve.

Jacob Leonard and Amanda Cunningham

Aubrianna Peters

November 11, 2018

When she tried to teach me my first notes on the trumpet and I couldn’t make the notes. But we kept trying. She used to call us her minions. She used to act like a minion . And make us laugh. She was a very funny and awesome person.

Chassidy Harris

November 10, 2018

Thank you Mrs. Richmond for giving my son Gabe an interest in music. We loved watching the elementary bands play. You did such an amazing job at teaching the children to enjoy and love the art of music. You will be greatly missed!
Love,
The Harris Family

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Biography

Laura Carson Richmond was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Laura will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Laura Marie (Carson) Richmond passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on November 6, 2018. She was 42 years old. She was born in Columbia, SC on October 6, 1976 to Jim and Linda Carson. She was the middle of 3 siblings. Laura attended Sullivan Central High School and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from ETSU.

Laura was a lifelong band teacher, most recently in the Bristol Tennessee City School System. She loved to play the trumpet and did so every Sunday in the church orchestra. Laura loved being with people and was always passionate about everything she did. She enjoyed playing board games with her family and friends. Laura was a member of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church in Bristol, VA.

She leaves behind her daughter, Kaylie Richmond; her parents, James & Linda Carson; her brother, Matt Carson, his wife Desha and their children Micah, Nathan, and Jenna; her sister Cathy Davenport, her husband Tim and their children Julie and David.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Indian Springs Baptist Church – Hill Road Campus.

Funeral services will follow at the church with Dr. Tiger Brooks and Dr. Allen Roberts officiating. Special music provided by Evan Edwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tennessee High School (memo: band program), 1112 Edgemont Ave., Bristol, TN 37620 or to Euclid Avenue Baptist Church (memo: Operation Christmas Child), 900 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA 24201.

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

Simply stated, Laura was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Laura leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Laura Carson Richmond.