Phillip Richardson

Phillip Richardson, age 79, of Cornelia, Georgia, formerly of Snellville, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

Mr. Richardson was born on September 25, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Lawrence and Bernice Martin Richardson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joe Richardson.

Raised in Tucker, Georgia, Phillip led a life marked by integrity, service, and compassion. He served his country with honor in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, demonstrating bravery and commitment to his nation. Following his military service, Phillip embarked on a distinguished career as a home builder, dedicating over four decades to crafting beautiful homes and apartments in many communities for families to thrive in. Phillip found joy spending time fishing. However, his true passion lay in the relationships he nurtured throughout his life. Known for his unwavering positivity and genuine concern for others, Phillip was esteemed as the finest man by all who knew him. He possessed a rare gift of never speaking ill of others, always striving to ensure everyone felt welcomed and embraced with laughter.

He will be remembered as a great and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Phillip’s love knew no bounds. His grandchildren affectionately referred to him as Grandpa, a title he wore with pride and tenderness. His presence illuminated the lives of his family, leaving an indelible mark of love and wisdom. We find comfort in the words of scripture that encapsulate his life: “John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Phyllis Richardson, of Cornelia; daughter, Christine Austin, of Johns Creek; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Sandi Richardson, of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jason Worley, of Lula; grandchildren, Parker and Madison Worley; and Jack Garmon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lindalee and Hugh Walters, of Cornelia; Susan and Rick Clack, of Alaska; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Airline Baptist Church, 3368 White Sulphur Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, with Pastor Zach Johnson officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force and the Grant Reeves Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Habersham Life Pregnancy Care Center, 215 Hodges Street #101, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Whitfield Funeral Homes & Crematory, South Chapel, at 1370 Industrial Boulevard, Baldwin, Georgia 30511. Telephone: 706-778-7123.

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