Theodore "Ted" Rich, Sr.
March 11, 1934 – February 28, 2020
Theodore “Ted” Rich was born in Tuscaloosa Alabama on March 11, 1934, to the late Tolley and Verdell Rich. Ted loved life, his family and helping people. He lived his life to the fullest spreading his joy to those around him. Ted peacefully returned to his heavenly Father on February 28, 2020.
Ted married Mabel Belton on December 30, 1951. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953. After honorably completing his military service, Ted and Mabel moved to California with their young daughter (Deborah) and son (Ted, Jr.). The couple were blessed with two more daughters (Pamela and Jacqueline).
Ted began his career with the State of California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency in 1960. The family moved to Stockton, California in 1967 when Ted began working as a Treatment Team Supervisor at O.H. Close School for Boys. His career with the State of California included positions as Assistant Superintendent at Preston School of Industry, Deputy Commissioner of the Board of Prison Terms, and the Executive Officer of the Board of Prison Terms. Ted retired from the State of California in 1997 after 37 years.
Ted accepted Christ in his life at a young age. He became a member of the Emanuel Baptist Church in the 1960s. For over 53 years, he was actively involved with the church including leading the church choir, and serving as a mentor to young people and other members of the church.
Community involvement was very important to Ted. Throughout his life, he was actively involved in community service. He served on several Boards including Chairman of the Board of the Central State Credit Union; Past President, Mother Lode Chapter, of the California Probation Parole and Correctional Association; Western Regional Vice President of the Association of Paroling Authorities; Past President of the Spornine Men’s Club; and a big brother for the San Joaquin Welfare Department. He was an honorary life member of the Y.M.C.A. He was also a member/First Chairman of a Committee to organize an Urban League Chapter in Sacramento; and he was the recipient of the James Edward Stratten Award, presented by the Association of Black Correctional Workers. He was very active in politics including managing the campaigns of several candidates for political office, including board of supervisors, school board and city council. He also served on the transition team for Governor Edmund Brown Sr.
Ted was preceded in death by his father, Tolley Rich; his mother, Verdell Rich Prince; his stepfather, Frank Prince; his sister, Florida Rich; and, his two brothers, Frank and Michael Prince. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife Mabel, his sister, Henrietta Vaughn, his children, Deborah Neely, Ted Rich, Jr., Pamela Rich and Jacqueline Rich (Wayne) Moore, his grandkids, Calvin Neely, Zachary and Kevin Rich, Alexia and Kristen Moore, his great grandson CJ Neely, a multitude of family and friends.
- Calvin Neely, Pallbearer
- Zachary Rich, Pallbearer
- Kevin Rich, Pallbearer
- Rick Tokunaga, Pallbearer
- Willie Bulda, Pallbearer
- John Hall, Pallbearer
- Ted Rich, Jr, Honorary Pallbearer
- Wayne Moore, Honourary Pallbearer
- Senator Jim Nielsen, Honourary Pallbearer
- Dea. Kevin Byrd, Honourary Pallbearer
- Gent Davis, Honourary Pallbearer
- Elliot Chambers, Honourary Pallbearer
- Dwayne Irving, Honourary Pallbearer
- Otis Thurman, Honourary Pallbearer
- Eddie Thompson, Honourary Pallbearer
- Dea. James Corley, Honourary Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, March 13, 2020
- Funeral Ceremony Friday, March 13, 2020
- Committal Service Friday, March 13, 2020
Theodore "Ted" Rich, Sr.
March 13, 2020
I will miss Brother Rich from the early morning service at Emmanuel.
He was a distinguished gentleman and truly a man of God. Brother Rich told my granddaughter Alma that she was his favorite usher that meant so much to her. He really supported the youth. God has called one of his best.
March 12, 2020
Ted Rich was the best!
March 11, 2020
We are truly saddened by Ted's death. Ted was more than just a friend, he was an amazing person. He was always kind, funny, and considerate to use that we were always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity.
His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the heart of everyone who knew him. Ted will always remain deep within our heart. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Eddie & Alice Thompson
March 10, 2020
My condolences to Mabel Rich and the family,may God bless you in this time of bereavement.
March 9, 2020
Mr. Ted Rich, as I would always called him will leave a void in my life. Such a gentleman and Christian man. He would visit my father, Aster Page, at our Body Shop and had many cars repaired by the business. The major thrill was our repair to his Boat! He asked me what color he should paint it and he took my suggestion! To have that kind of respect at such a young age was so powerful. He was an encouraging individual! So loved and respected.
Thank you to the Rich family for sharing Mr. Ted Rich with us!
March 7, 2020
Brother Rich was my friend. He was always encouraging and supportive to me personally and to the Youth Ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He recently shared a book with me because he thought it would be helpful to me. That’s who he was.
My fondest memory of him is when he used to sing Amen with the men’s chorus at Christmas. He would make up lyrics about the congregation and it was always fun hear and watch. He will truly be missed.