OBITUARY

Clarence Edward Richards Jr.

April 27, 1951June 20, 2018
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Richards, Jr., Clarence Edward "Chuck" passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018. He was born to Clarence and Susie Richards. Chuck leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Carrol; sons, Steven (Sharon), Chucky (Candi); grandchildren, Lyndsey, Cody, Catey, Ian, Gracie; and extended family. Family will receive friends Friday, June 22nd from 4-7pm at Berry Highland South on Simpson Road with funeral service following at 7pm. Rev. Becky Milligan officiating. Burial will take place Saturday, June 23rd at 11am at Berry Highland South; meeting at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute. The family would like to thank Dr. Faulkner and Dr. Dill at the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute.

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  • University of Tennessee Cancer Institute

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Penny Mcmillian

June 22, 2018

Jr. and his nephew Michael, they are together again now, may they Rest in Peace.

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Biography

Clarence Edward Richards Jr. was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Clarence was born on April 27, 1951 at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. His parents were Clarence and Susie Richards. Clarence was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Richards household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Clarence was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Clarence was raised with eight siblings. He had two brothers, Charlie and Theodore and six sisters, Connie, Phyllis, Louise, Judy, Jody and Penny. Clarence was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Clarence and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Clarence was always consistently loyal to his family.

As a young child, Clarence was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Clarence developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Clarence took part in football and basketball. In his spare time he liked riding bikes and playing sports. However, what Clarence enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Clarence as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He attended South High School and although he didn't graduate, he later returned to school and earned his GED. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were History and Math. Clarence was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Clarence always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Clarence was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Clarence was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Clarence to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Robert Rudd, Eddie Milligan, Jimmy Milligan. Later in life, he became friends with Steve Hepinstall and Terry Spears.

On November 27, 1970 Clarence exchanged wedding vows with Evelyn Caroll Gibson at the Sevier County Courthouse of Sevier County, Tennessee. Compassionate and devoted to Caroll, Clarence held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Caroll and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

Clarence brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Clarence was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Clarence was blessed with two children, two sons, Steven and Chucky. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Lyndsey, Cody, Catie, Ian, and Gracie and two daughters-in-law, Sharon and Candi.

Clarence greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Clarence enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Clarence was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was a baker. He was employed for 37 years at Kerns Bakery. Clarence worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Clarence found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Top on his list was UT football. Clarence always enjoyed watching his boys playing football through their years in high school. He also enjoyed watching his grandson play his high school football games.

Clarence was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Clarence’s favorites was Sheba, a pitbull. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his two pits, Big Tree and Hezzy; Casper and Gidget.

When Clarence’s retirement finally arrived in 2004, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. Clarence enjoyed being at home with his family during his retirement. Even in retirement, Clarence continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

Clarence Edward Richards Jr. passed away on June 20, 2018 at home. Clarence fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by wife of 48 years, Caroll; sons, Steven and Chucky; daughters-in-law, Sharon and Candie; five grandchildren, Lyndsey, Cody, Catie, Ian and Gracie. Services were held at Berry Highland South Funeral Home. Clarence was laid to rest in the Garden of Eden section of Berry Highland South Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Clarence Edward Richards Jr. he was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.